USS CHAFEE DDG 90
The Chafee (DDG 90) is the U.S. Navy's 40th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named for the late Senator John H. Chafee, former Secretary of the Navy and decorated veteran of the Marine Corp.
May 5, 2001 The keel for Chafee was ceremonially "laid" at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, at the opening of its new land-level ship facility. The bow sections were put in place on October 18 and the sonar dome was positioned in place for welding on June 5, 2002.
November 11, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Chafee was christened during a 3.30 p.m. ceremony at Bath Iron Works shipyard. It is the first warship to be built at a $240 million land-level transfer facility designed to make the Navy shipbuilder more efficient. Because of the modernization, the Chafee was the first Bath-built ship that did not go into the Kennebec River with a splash. Instead, it was transferred into a dry dock and floated on Nov. 2. Mrs. Virginia Chafee, wife of the ship's namesake, and Mrs. Diane Blair, wife of retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair, former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, served as sponsors of the ship. Cmdr. John W. Ailes, V is the prospective commanding officer.
June 16, 2003 The guided-missile destroyer underway for the first time to cunduct a combined three-day Alpha/Bravo Builder's trials.
October 18, USS Chafee was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
December 19, USS Chafee arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a 70-day transit from Bath, Maine.
January 24, 2004 DDG 90 completed its Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) in the Hawaiian Op. Area. Commenced a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) on May 3; Underway for sea trials on July 12.
November 8, The Chafee departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) off the coast of Hawaii and to conduct Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the SOCAL Op. Area; Port call to Naval Base San Diego from Nov. 20-28; Returned home on Dec. 24.
May 20, 2005 USS Chafee departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden deployment, with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
August 13, USS Chafee assumed its role as part of Coalition Task Group (CTG) 58.1 to conduct maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf.
October 3, The Chafee pulled into Goa, India, at the conclusion of the second at-sea phase of the Malabar exercise.
November 9, USS Chafee returned to homeport after nearly a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
June 6, 2006 The Chafee recently arrived in Seward, Alaska, for a brief port call.
July 5, DDG 90 departed Pearl Harbor to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Eight nations are participating in RIMPAC 2006, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise in the waters off Hawaii.
October 7, USS Chafee pulled into San Francisco Bay during the Parade of Ships, a key event during San Francisco Fleet Week 2006.
October 19, Cmdr. Robert P. Tortora relieved Cmdr. John M. Klausen as the 3rd CO of the Chafee.
December 8, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11.
April 9, USS Chafee departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Central Command AoR.
April 21, The Chafee pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
August 14, DDG 90 concluded its participation in exercise Valiant Shield 2007, off the coast of Guam.
September 22, USS Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after five-and-a-half month deployment. The ship visited several ports including Manama, Bahrain; Singapore and Hong Kong.
January 30, 2008 USS Chafee departed homeport for a surge western Pacific deployment, as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.
February 28, DDG 90 pulled into Donghae, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.
April 13, Cmdr. Heedong Choi relieved Cmdr. Robert P. Tortora as commanding officer of the Chafee, during a change-of-command ceremony in Osaka, Japan.
June 7, USS Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after a four-month underway period. The guided-missile destroyer steamed 13,000 miles and made five ports of call.
January 12, 2009 The Chafee departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor to conduct pre-deployment exercises in the Hawaiian operating area.
February 24, USS Chafee departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
March 12, DDG 90 recently arrived in Donghae, Republic of Korea, to participate in Foal Eagle 2009, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the United States and the Republic of Korea.
April 23, USS Chafee, along with USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and USS Seawolf (SSN 21), will take part in a multinational exercise Malabar 09, off the coast of Okinawa, from April 26 through May 3.
May 11, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.
May 24, The Chafee recently anchored off the coast of Cebu, Republic of the Philippines, to participate in the first phase of CARAT exercise.
August 24, USS Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after a seven-month deployment as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program. The ship visited 14 ports in 10 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei.
November 26, Capt. Richard Clemmons, Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31, relieved Cmdr. Larry Gonzales of his duty as executive officer of USS Chafee because of a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." He was fired Nov. 20, the same day he was supposed to move up and become CO.
March 12, 2010 DDG 90 departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hicham for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.
April 5, USS Chafee departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
April 23, USS Chafee, USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Shiloh (CG 67), USS Curts (FFG 38) and USS Annapolis (SSN 760) arrived in Goa, India, to participate in a week-long bilateral exercise Malabar 2010.
April 24, Cmdr. Chase D. Patrick relieved Cmdr. Heedong Choi as CO of the Chafee.
May 10, The guided-missile destroyer departed Singapore after a routine port visit.
May 31, USS Chafee arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for a four-day port call.
June 26, DDG 90 recently pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a routine port call. The ship conducted Firing Exercise (FIREX) in the vicinity of Oki Daito-Jima Island June 30 and departed Okinawa on July 2.
July 12, USS Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after a three-month underway period in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
July 20, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in the biennial, multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010, off the coast of Hawaii.
December 3, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) completed USS Chafee's 14-week Selected Restricted Availability. The SRA upgraded the ship's multifunctional towed sonar array, replaced a gas turbine engine, refurbished an anti-missile defense system and tested a cargo handling system.
April 7, 2011 The Chafee participated in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 11-2" off the coast of Hawaii, from March 31 through April 5, along with USS Russell (DDG 59), USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Port Royal (CG 73) and USS Tucson (SSN 770). French navy frigate FS Prairial (F 731) also joined the ship-maneuvering portion of the exercise.
July 28, USS Chafee pulled into Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Calif., for a two-day visit to participate in L.A. Navy Week.
August 3, The Chafee arrived pierside at downtown Seattle, Wash., for the 62nd annual Seafair celebration.
October 5, Cmdr. Justin A. Kubu relieved Cmdr. Chase D. Patrick as CO of the Chafee during a change-of-command ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
November 17, USS Chafee, along with USS O'Kane, USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and JS Kurama (DDH 144), participated in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 12-1", off the coast of Hawaii, Nov. 10-17.
November 29, USS Chafee departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program.
December 11, The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
December 27, The Chafee arrived in Hong Kong for a three-day port visit.
January 28, 2012 USS Chafee anchored off the coast of Talisay City for a four-day visit to Cebu, Philippines, to take on fuel and supplies.
February 17, DDG 90 moored at Fort Hill wharf for a scheduled port visit to Darwin, Australia, as part of the commemoration ceremonies remembering the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin during World War II. The Chafee recently participated in annual exercise Cobra Gold in the Gulf of Thailand.
March 2, USS Chafee anchored off the coast of Iloilo, Republic of the Philippines, for a scheduled port visit to participate in the U.S. State Department program, America in 3D.
March 12, The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived at Pyeongtaek Naval Base for a brief port call before participating in annual bilateral exercise Foal Eagle 2012, off the coast of Korea; Inport Sasebo, Japan, from March 30-31 and April 3-7.
April 23, USS Chafee arrived in Dan Nang, Vietnam, for a five-day port visit.
May 3, The Chafee pulled into Fleet Acitivities Yokosuka, Japan, for an 11-day port call.
May 19, DDG 90 recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
June 7, USS Chafee returned to Pearl Harbor after more than a six-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.
July 12, The Chafee is currently underway off the coast of Hawaii in support of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
August 9, USS Chafee participated in a trilateral exercise with ships from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, off the coast of Hawaii, from Aug. 7-8.
September 20, The guided-missile destroyer completed its participation in exercise Valiant Shield off the coast of Guam.
February 11, 2013 USS Chafee departed homeport to participate in a theater anti-submarine warfare (TASW) phase of the Submarine Commander’s Course (SCC) and a task group exercise (TGEX) alongside the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), off the coast of Oahu, from Feb. 11-17.
April 9, Cmdr. Anthony C. Littmann relieved Cmdr. Justin A. Kubu as the 7th commanding officer of DDG 90.
July 15, The Chafee departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in a week-long Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise.
August ?, USS Chafee entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a six-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA); Undocked on Jan. 2?, 2014; Underway for sea trials from March 7-11; Underway for local operations in late March.