USS PREBLE
DDG 88
  
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The Preble (DDG 88) is the U.S. Navy's 38th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named in honor of Cmdr. Edward Preble, (1761-1807), a pioneer in U.S. naval and merchant marine service. The keel is laid down on June 22, 2000; and the ship is launched on June 1, 2001.

June 9, 2001 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Preble was christened during a ceremony at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Mrs. Connie Rae Clark, the wife of CNO Adm. Vern Clark, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Timothy A. Batzler is the prospective commanding officer.

August 12, 2002 U.S. Navy officially took delivery of DDG 88 from the Northrop Grumman Ships Systems Ingalls Operations.

November 9, USS Preble was commissioned during a ceremony at the World Trade Center in Boston, Mass.

December 11, USS Preble arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., less than 30 months after its keel was laid in Pascagoula, Miss.

February 18, 2003 The guided-missile destroyer is currently conducting Combat System Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the SOCAL Op. Area.

March 5, 2004 Cmdr. Michael J. Slotsky relieved Cmdr. Timothy A. Batzler as CO of the Preble.

June 17, USS Preble departed San Diego for its maiden deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The ship will join up with the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) that departed on May 27.

September 1, Three military servicemembers were injured when an UH-3H Sea King carrying 10 passengers had a mishap while landing aboard the Preble, in the North Arabian Sea, during a routine passenger transfer/logistics run. One injured Sailor was evacuated to Camp Arifjan medical facility in Kuwait, while the others are being treated aboard Preble. All are in stable condition. DDG 88 is currently conducting Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG), as part of Command Task Force 58.

December 17, USS Preble returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). The Preble was one of several U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and coalition ships responsible for patrolling and safeguarding the waters near the Khawr Al Amaya and Al Basrah oil terminals in the NAG.

August 19, 2005 USS Preble is currently underway conducting routine training off the coast of southern California.

August 30, Cmdr. Kevin C. Hill relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Slotsky as commanding officer of DDG 88.

June 8, 2006 USS Preble pulled into Portland, Oregon, to participate in the annual 99th Rose Festival.

September 19, The Preble is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3.

November 9, DDG 88 is currently participating in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California.

January 20, 2007 USS Preble departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the Stennis CSG.

February 19, The guided-missile destroyer entered the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR to conduct MIO.

March 8, USS Preble conducted bilateral operations with the Pakistani Naval Ship Badr (D 184), in the Arabian Gulf.

April 25, DDG 88 is currently participating in exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2007, the world's largest mine countermeasure exercise bringing together the efforts of 14 countries and 16 ships, in the Arabian Gulf.

June 23, Cmdr. Andrew L. Feinberg relieved Cmdr. Kevin C. Hill as the 4th CO of USS Preble.

July 17, The Aegis-based guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Diego Garcia for a brief port call.

August 10, USS Preble is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shield '07 off the coast of Guam.

August 29, USS Preble returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

March 25, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer is currently off the coast of southern California, as part of oposition forces for the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG's COMPTUEX.

May 22, DDG 88 departed Seattle, Wash., after a two-day port call, participating in the Great White Fleet festivities. Inport CFB Esquimalt, B.C., in late May.

June 5, USS Preble arrived in Portland, Oregon, for a Portland Rose Festival celebration.

October 28, The Preble is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group, in the SOCAL OPAREA.

November 1, Cmdr. John F.G. Wade relieved Cmdr. Andrew L. Feinberg as CO of the Preble.

January 17, 2009 USS Preble departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

March 3, The Preble departed Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, after a four-day port visit.

June 1, DDG 88 departed Papeete, Tahiti, after a five-day port visit. The Preble also visited Republic of Korea, Guam, Thailand and Singapore before making a port call in French Polynesia.

June 16, USS Preble returned to homeport afer a five-month deployment.

July 7, 2010 The Preble departed Naval Base San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

July 8, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif., after participating in exercise with a New Zealand Navy frigate Te Kaha (F77).

July 23, USS Preble departed San Diego for Multi-Sail operations with the USS Ronald Reagan CSG, in preparation for the upcoming deployment next year.

July 26, Cmdr. Joseph F. Cahill, III relieved Cmdr. John F.G. Wade as CO of the Preble during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship, off the coast of southern California.

October 2, DDG 88 conducted three Tomahawk Operational Test Launches from Sept. 28-30, off the West Coast. The OTLs conducted on Sept. 28 and 30 utilized a new minimum-range mission, meaning the target and launch platform were separated by a smaller distance than any previously conducted TLAM launch.

November 15, USS Preble recently pulled into Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammunition onload, after completing the four-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

January 14, 2011 The guided-missile destroyer returned to homeport after a short underway period for routine training and ammo onload.

February 2, USS Preble departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

February 19, DDG 88 recently departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a brief port call.

March 7, USS Preble arrived at Naval Base Guam for a routine port visit. While en route from Hawaii the ship conducted fisheries patrol in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of various Pacific Island Nations, with support from the U.S. Coast Guard, from Feb. 28 through March 6.

March 13, The guided-missile destroyer arrived off the east coast of Japan to provide humanitarian assistance in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations.

April 12, Capt. James Morgan relieved Capt. Peter M. Driscoll Jr. as Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Preble in the Philippine Sea.

April 19, USS Preble arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port call.

May 1, DDG 88 anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit.

June 29, The Preble recently departed Changi Naval Base after a scheduled port visit to Singapore.

July 5, USS Preble arrived in Muara, Brunei, to take part in the Brunei International Defense Exhibition (BRIDEX), from July 4-9.

July 15, USS Preble, along with USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), arrived in Da Nang for a scheduled port visit in conjunction with the 16th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

August 12, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

September 9, USS Preble returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

January 19, 2012 Cmdr. Kurt M. Sellerberg relieved Cmdr. Joseph F. Cahill, III as CO of DDG 88 during a change-of-command ceremony under the hull of the ship in dry-dock at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. The Preble entered the dry-dock in October for repairs and modernization as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.

April 6, USS Preble is currently moored at Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard.

April 20, The Preble recently returned to Naval Base San Diego after completing sea trials.

October 3, USS Preble moored at Pier 80 in San Francisco, Calif., for a six-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.

November 5, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, Calif., for a four-day visit to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), for comprehensive technical assistance and training, in preparation for the ship’s upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

February 6, 2013 DDG 88 departed Naval Base San Diego for local operations. Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on March 30.

April 19, USS Preble departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from April 25-28.

May 11, The Preble pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call.

May 29, USS Preble moored at Berth 7 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for upkeep. Moved to Berth 3 on June 10; Underway on June 18.

June 22, The Preble is currently participating in a tri-lateral exercise Pacific Bond 2013, in the vicinity of Northern Mariana Islands, from June 22-26.

June 28, Cmdr. Robert T. Bryans, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Kurt M. Sellerberg as CO of the USS Preble during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Apra Harbor, Guam.

July 2, The guided-missile destroyer departed Guam after a five-day port visit.

July 16, USS Preble is currently participating in a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2013, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG.

July 29, The Preble moored at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit. Upkeep in Yokosuka from Aug. 23- Sept. 13.

October 4, USS Preble moored at Busan Naval Base, ROK, for a three-day port call.

November 9, DDG 88 recently pulled into Pearl Harbor for a brief port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

November 18, USS Preble returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

January 29, 2014 The Preble commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard. Underway for sea trials on May ?.

August 14, USS Preble arrived in its new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, after a six-day transit from San Diego, Calif.

December 8, The guided-missile destroyer departed Pearl Harbor for a four-day underway to conduct routine training in the Hawaiian Op. Area.