USS MCCAMPBELL
DDG 85
  
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The McCampbell (DDG 85) is the U.S. Navy's 35th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named for Capt. David S. McCampbell (1910-1996), the Navy’s all-time leading ace with 34 aerial victories during World War II.

The keel was laid down on July 16, 1999, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine; The ship was launched and christened on July 2, 2000. Secretary of State, the Honorable Madeleine Albright, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Mark C. Montgomery is the prospective commanding officer.

January 14, 2002 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) McCampbell underway for the first time to conduct Builder's trials. Underway for acceptance trials from Feb. 11-14; Delivered to the Navy on March 8.

May 30, The guided-missile destroyer departed Bath, Maine, for a transit to San Diego, Calif. Port visit to Boston, Mass., from June 4-7.

June 10, The McCampbell arrived at Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day port visit to conduct school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS). Port call to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from June 17-21.

July 1, DDG 85 arrived in West Palm Beach, Fla., the home of Capt. David McCampbell, for a four-day port visit. Brief port call to Cristobal, Panama, on July 9 for refuel; Transited Panama Canal on July 10; Port visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from July 16-19.

July 24, PCU McCampbell arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego for the first time.

August 17, USS McCampbell was commissioned during a ceremony at Pier 30 in San Francisco, Calif.

September 23, the McCampbell departed San Diego for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) in the Hawaiian Op. Area. Port call to Pearl Harbor from Oct. 1-7.

October 11, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit. Port calls to Pearl Harbor from Oct. 19-22 and 25-28th. Returned home on Nov. 6; Underway for acoustic trials from Nov. 18-22; Underway for CSSQT towed target shoot and Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications, off San Clemente Island, from Dec. 2-6.

From January 24-31, 2003, USS McCampbell was underway for USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Group's COMPTUEX, as part of opposition forces. Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) from Feb. 3-7 and 10-14th; Underway for INSURV assessment on Feb. 26; Underway for TSTA II from March 6-7 and 10-14th. Underway for TSTA III from March 17-21 and 24-25th; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) preparations from April 2-4; Underway for FEP from April 7-9.

May 12, In the predawn hours, off the coast of Central America, ship’s force and members of a U.S Coast Guard law enforcement detachment, emabrked aboard the McCampbell, conducted a discrete boarding of the "Sin Rumbo", a Canadian flagged sailing vessel and discovered 1.36 metric tons of cocaine.

June 24, USS McCampbell returned to homeport after a two-month underway period. She has been conducting counter-narcotics operations under the operational command of Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) West and South in the eastern Pacific Transit Zone since it left San Diego April 19. DDG 85, with embarked Helicopter Squadron Light (HSL) 43 Det. 5, completed eight boardings, 34 Right Of Approaches, and 108 sightings and identifications of various vessels. Port calls to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, (April 28 and May 17); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, (May 6-9); Mazatlan, Mexico, (May 27-30); and Balboa, Panama, (June 10-13).

July 8, The McCampbell entered the Southwest Marine shipyard for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

November 3, USS McCampbell departed Naval Station San Diego for counter-narcotics operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet AoR. Brief visit to Puerto Quetzal on Nov. 12 for refuel; Port call to Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, Panama, from Nov. 20-23; Another visit to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, from Dec. 5-6.

December 12, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on Dec. 17.

December 19, Cmdr. Russell E. Hass relieved Cmdr. Mark C. Montgomery as the 2nd commanding officer of DDG 85.

January 27, 2004 USS McCambell arrived at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma for a two-day magnetic deperming. Underway for NSFS from Feb. 23-26.

March 2, The McCampbell entered the dry-dock at NASSCO shipyard for an emergency repairs to CRP system. Underway in SOCAL Op. Area from March 15-19; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach from March 24-26.

April 3, the guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway again from April 5-8.

May 5, USS McCampbell departed San Diego for its maiden western Pacific deployment in support of a Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), a series of bilateral exercises held annually throughout Southeast Asia that began in 1995, by combining a number of existing exercises to be conducted sequentially by a single U.S. Navy task group.

May 10, DDG 85 pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a brief port call. Port visit to White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, from May 22-24.

May 31, USS McCampbell arrived in Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a six-day port visit after participating in Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) exercise. Another port call to Singapore from June 9-19.

June 12, The McCampbell arrived in Muara, Brunei, for a two-day port call to participate in the second phase of CARAT. Another visit to Muara port from June 24-27.

June 30, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Sattahip Naval Base for a six-day port call to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand. Another port call to Sattahip from July 8-10; Arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia, on July 12 for a five-day visit; Anchored off Tioman Island from July 20-22.

July 27, USS McCampbell pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for a five-day port call. Returned to Subic Bay on Aug. 3 after participating in at-sea phase of CARAT; Underway again on 5th; Port call to Hong Kong from Aug. 7-11; Anchored off Okinawa from Aug. 16-17; Port call to White Beach from Aug. 19-22; Participated in exercise Palah 05-01 from Aug. 26-30.

September 4, The McCampbell pulled again into Changi Naval Base for a two-day visit to Singapore.

September 10, USS McCampbell returned to Singapore for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Sabre Hawk/Javeling Strike 2004.

October 7, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off Palau for a five-day visit to Federated States of Micronesia. Brief stops at Okinawa on Oct. 15 and Yokosuka on 18th for refuel.

October 28, The McCambell pulled into Pearl Harbor for a five-day port call to embark "Tigers."

November 8, USS McCampbell returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment.

December 6, DDG 85 moored at NWS Seal Beach, Calif., for a three-day visit to offload ammunition.

July 22, 2005 Cmdr. Vincent D. McBeth relieved Cmdr. Russell E. Hass as CO of the McCampbell.

January 4, 2006 USS McCampbell departed Naval Base San Diego, as part of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group, for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific.

February 17, DDG 85 recently departed Republic of Maldives after a goodwill port visit.

March 25, USS McCampbell and The Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel M/V Rokya 1 collided at 11:09 p.m., local time, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Iraqi coastline in the North Arabian Gulf. Two U.S. Sailors received minor injuries as a result of the collision. Two crew members from Rokya 1 also received minor injuries and were treated on-scene by McCampbell's independent duty corpsman. Both ships received damage on the bow and are deemed seaworthy.

April 29, USS McCambell, along with the USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) and Bahrain Coast Guard emergency management teams, participated in a proof-of-concept demonstration off the port of Mina Salman. Two U.S. Navy ships executed the proof of concept, which entailed simulating an oil spill and conducting the subsequent containment and recovery.

June 3, DDG 85 pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port call to Singapore. The ship is en route to its homeport in San Diego after five months on station in the Gulf.

June 13, The guided-misile destroyer departed Hong Kong after a three-day port visit.

June 16, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, along with other ships and military personnel from around the U.S. Pacific Fleet, is making preparations for Valiant Shield 2006, one of the largest joint military exercises in this region in more than a decade. Two ships from DESRON 7, the McCampbell and Decatur (DDG 73), will be operating off the coast of Guam June 19-23. The exercise will involve more than 20,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

July 6, USS McCambell returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

May 12, 2007 Cmdr. William M. Triplett relieved Cmdr. Vincent D. McBeth as the 4th CO of McCampbell.

July 9, USS McCampbell arrived in its new forward-deployed homeport of Fleet Activities Yokosuka (FAY) in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, after an 18-day transit from San Diego, Calif., to take the place of USS Gary (FFG 51), which is scheduled to leave Yokosuka and return to San Diego.

August 13, DDG 85 is currently participating in Exercise Valiant Shield 2007, as part of USS Kitty Hawk CSG, off the coast of Guam.

November 16, The McCampbell completed its participation in ANNUALEX 19G, the maritime component of the U.S.-Japan exercise Keen Sword 08.

December 12, Sailors aboard the USS McCampbell successfully completed the Ship Anti-submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 155 exercise, a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), which took place from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. The McCampbell served as the command ship and was joined by USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Topeka (SSN 752), two JMSDF surface ships, and U.S. and Japanese aircraft during the exercise.

June 23, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived in Singapore for the third phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008 exercise.

August 12, USS McCampbell departed homeport to participate in a multilateral exercise FRUKUS 2008, in the Sea of Japan, from Aug. 15-23.

August 13, The United States has cancelled a joint naval exercise with Russia after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Moscow that it's attacks on Georgia have jeopardised its integration into international institutions. The exercises were to involve warships from Russia, France, Britain and the U.S. in the Sea of Japan as well as an onshore component in the Russian port of Vladivostok.

October 2, DDG 85 departed Yokosuka to conduct training and to participate in exercises with regional naval partners, for the first time as part of USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG.

December 15, Cmdr. Charles A. Johnson relieved Cmdr. William M. Triplett as commanding officer of the USS McCampbell.

March 4, 2009 The McCampbell is currently participating in a Multi-Sail '09 exercise, off the coast of Okinawa.

May 17, USS McCampbell departed Shimoda, Japan, after a two-day port visit in support of the 70th Shimoda Black Ship Festival.

July 14, The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of Australia supporting bilateral training exercise Talisman Sabre 2009, with the Washington Carrier Strike Group. Inport Brisbane from July 28-31.

August 6, DDG 85 pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a scheduled port visit.

August 15, The McCampbell arrived in Bitung to participate in the Indonesia International Fleet Review (IFR).

September 3, USS McCampbell returned to Yokosuka after a summer underway period.

October 3, The McCampbell departed Hong Kong after a two-day port call.

October 9, USS McCampbell joined USS Denver (LPD 9) off the coast of Padang, Indonesia, to assist in humanitarian efforts in West Sumatra following two earthquakes.

April 13, 2010 The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in Multi-Sail 2010 exercise, off the coast of Okinawa.

May 13, USS McCampbell, along with USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

May 26, The McCampbell is currently conducting Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) with the GW CSG.

July 25, DDG 85 departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after a four-day port visit to participate in "Invincible Spirit," a combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise involving the Republic of Korea and the United States in the East Sea, July 25-28.

August 11, USS McCampbell pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Singapore.

September 4, USS McCampbell arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.

October 2, The McCampbell pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a scheduled visit to Pattaya.

October 12, Cmdr. Steven H. DeMoss relieved Cmdr. Charles A. Johnson as commanding officer of DDG 85.

March 12, 2011 USS McCampbell is currently at sea east of the Boso Peninsula preparing to move into position off Miyagi Prefecture to assist Japanese authorities with providing at-sea search and rescue and recovery operations, in the wake of a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake that left thousands dead on Friday.

April 18, USS McCampbell conducted a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the Republic of Korea Ulsan-class frigate ROKS Seoul (FF 952).

May 16, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a five-day port visit to participate in International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 2011.

June 12, USS McCampbell intercepted a Belizean-flagged North Korean cargo ship M/V Light May 26, south of Shanghai, suspected of carrying missile technology to Myanmar and, after a standoff at sea and several days of diplomatic pressure from Washington and Asia nations, forced the vessel to return home.

July 4, The McCampbell arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a port visit before participating in a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre.

August 22, USS McCampbell returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after four-and-a-half month patrol.

August 30, The McCampbell departed Yokosuka to avoid the Tropical Storm Talas in anticipation of the typhoon’s projected arrival on early Friday morning.

October 13, USS McCampbell, along with USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), departed Apra Harbor, Guam, to participate in a joint anti-terorism exercise Pacific Eagle 2011 with the Russian Federation Navy (RFN) forces, including Pacific Fleet flagship Slava-class guided missile cruiser RFS Varyag (011), off Mariana Islands, Oct. 13-15.

November 9, DDG 85 entered the Dry Dock 5 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 13, 2012 USS McCampbell departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a three-day sea trials. The ship departed dry-dock on March 2.

April 27, Cmdr. Thomas J. Dixon relieved Cmdr. Steven H. DeMoss as CO of the McCampbell during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

May 17, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Shimoda, Japan, for a scheduled port visit to participate in the 73rd Black Ship Festival.

June 1, USS McCampbell recently pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a routine port call.

June 8, The McCampbell returned to White Beach after participating in a multinational exercise Pacific Bond 2012, with the JS Shimakaze (DDG 172) and HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155), from June 6-7.

June 27, USS McCampbell pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.

July 10, DDG 85 pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port visit.

July 18, The McCampbell recently pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a routine port call.

July 26, USS McCampbell returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a 70-day Summer Patrol.

August 20, USS McCampbell departed homeport for a Fall Patrol as part of the George Washington CSG.

September 21, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2012.

October 7, The McCampbell moored at Glen Cruise Terminal in Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

October 24, DDG 85 arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port visit. The ship rescued five Filipino fishermen in the waters off Lubang Island, around 1 a.m., after their boat capsized late Tuesday night.

November 20, USS McCampbell returned to CFAY after a three-month underway period.

From Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, the McCampbell was underway for local operations and ammo offload.

February 13, 2013 The guided-missile destroyer moved from Berth 3 to JMSDF Pier Y4. Underway for ammo onload and local operations from Feb. 19-22 and Feb. 27.

March 1, USS McCampbell departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka in support of annual exercise Foal Eagle. Anchored at A-12 from March 1-2.

March 9, The McCampbell anchored off Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call. Inport Pyeongtaek again from March 18-19; Returned home on March 24; Underway for ammo offload on March 25.

April 1, USS McCampbell departed Yokosuka for a Multi-Sail 2013 exercise off Okinawa. Anchored in Buckner Bay from April 5-9; Returned on April 18; Underway for deck landing qualifications in Sagami Wan from April 18-19; Underway for local operations from May 13-16.?

July 12, Cmdr. Sharif H. Calfee relieved Cmdr. Thomas J. Dixon as commanding officer of DDG 85 during a pierside ceremony at FAY.

October 6, USS McCampbell departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for sea trials after a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Anchored at A-12 for ammo onload on Oct. 10; Returned home on Oct. 13.

October 15, USS McCampbell departed Yokosuka for a surge western Pacific patrol.

October 26, DDG 85 moored outboard the USS Cowpens (CG 63) at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a three-day port visit.

November 3, The McCampbell moored at Passenger Terminal in Port of Chenai, India, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of annual exercise Malabar, in the Bay of Bengal, from Nov. 7-11.

November 20, USS McCampbell is currently participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 25G, with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, north off Okinawa, Japan, through Nov. 28; Returned home on Dec. 1.

January 16, 2014 USS McCampbell departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol.

January 21, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Port of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a six-day port visit. Returned home on Feb. 10; Anchored at A-12 for ammo onload on March 7.

March 10, USS McCampbell arrived in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, for a brief port visit after participated in a goodwill exercise with the JS Takanami (DD 110) from March 9-10.

March 21, The McCampbell departed Apra Harbor after a brief port call to participate in a Multi-Sail exercise, southwest of Guam, with other ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15; Inport Guam again from March 25-28; Returned home on April 1; Underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications on April 4; Anchored off White Beach, Okinawa, on April 11; Returned to Yokosuka on April 22; Anchored at A-12 for ammo offload from May 21-22.

July 17, DDG 85 entered the Dry Dock #5 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

December 19, Cmdr. Edward D. Sundberg relieved Cmdr. Sharif H. Calfee as the 9th CO of McCampbell during a change-of-command ceremony at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.