USS NITZE DDG 94
September 20, 2002 Former Secretary of the U.S. Navy Paul Nitze authenticated the keel of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named in his honor during a keel laying ceremony held at Bath Iron Works here. Nitze served as Secretary of the Navy from 1963-1967. In addition, he has served as Deputy Secretary of Defense, and President Reagan's chief negotiator of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty (1981-1984). In 1984, he was named special advisor to the president and secretary of State on Arms Control. For more than 40 years, Nitze was one of the chief architects of U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union.
April 17, 2004 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Nitze was christened during a ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Mrs. Leezee Porter served as sponsor of the ship named for her husband. Cmdr. Michael A. Hegarty is the prospective commanding officer. The ship was launched for the first time on April 3.
March 5, 2005 USS Nitze (DDG 94) was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
May 24, 2006 The guided-missile destroyer arrived in New York City to participate in 19th Navy Fleet Week May 24-May 30. Fleet Week has been sponsored by New York City since 1984 in celebration of the United States sea service.
June 5, USS Nitze departed Boston, Mass., after a three-day port visit.
June 15, Cmdr. Robert N. Hein, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Michael A. Hegarty as CO of the Nitze.
October 27, The Nitze is currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group Two.
January 5, 2007 USS Nitze departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment in support of the ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces.
January 18, DDG 94 moored at Pinto Wharf in Valletta, Malta, for a scheduled port visit.
July 3, USS Nitze returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
December 17, Cmdr. Kenneth S. Long relieved Cmdr. Robert N. Hein, Jr., as commanding officer of the USS Nitze.
March 29, 2008 The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a tailored ship's training availability, as part of the Roosevelt CSG, off the coast of Florida.
May 2, DDG 94 is currently in the Atlantic Ocean participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in preparation for the upcoming deployment later this year.
September 12, USS Nitze departed Norfolk for a scheduled underway period with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group.
April 18, 2009 USS Nitze returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month Middle-East deployment.
June 22, Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley relieved Cmdr. Kenneth S. Long as the 4th CO of DDG 94.
October 9, The Nitze arrived pierside at the Nauticus pier in downtown Norfolk for Fleet Week Hampton Roads. The last ship to be moored in downtown was USS Mason (DDG 87) in April 2003.
September 21, 2010 USS Nitze departed Norfolk, along with USS Stout (DDG 55) and USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), to participate in a two-week multinational exercise Joint Warrior 10-2, off the coast of Scotland.
April 1, 2011 USS Nitze departed homeport to participate in the 52nd multinational UNITAS Exercise off the coast of Brazil.
April 15, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Salvador, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit.
April 26, USS Nitze, along with USS Boone (FFG 28), USS Thach (FFG 43) and USCGC Escanaba (WMEC 907), pulled into Rio de Janeiro for a six-day port call after completing the first half of the Atlantic (LANT) phase of UNITAS 52.
May 1, Cmdr. Christopher A. Nerad relieved Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley as CO of the Nitze during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.
May 8, DDG 94 arrived in Rio Grande, Brazil, for a scheduled port visit.
July 1, USS Nitze arrived in Eastport, Maine, to participate in the Independence Day celebrations.
August 1, The Nitze is currently participating in a passing exercise (PASSEX), with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, off the East Coast.
December 12, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway conducting preparation for deployment next year, with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG.
January 11, 2012 DDG 94 departed Norfolk for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX).
January 17, USS Nitze pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a routine port call.
March 12, USS Nitze departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
March 26, The Nitze arrived in Villefranche, France, for a three-day port visit.
April 4, The guided-missile destroyer entered the Red Sea to conduct Suez Canal escort operations and MIO.
May 17, USS Nitze departed Manama, Bahrain, after a routine port call.
June 24, The Nitze arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a five-day port visit.
August 1, DDG 94 recently arrived in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, for a scheduled port visit.
October 2, USS Nitze recently departed Bahrain after a routine port visit; Transited Suez Canal on Oct. 12.
October 16, The Nitze arrived in Naples, Italy, for a five-day port visit.
October 31, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a two-day port call to embark 83 friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.
November 4, USS Nitze returned to homeport after a nearly eight-month deployment.
November 15, Cmdr. John L. Bub, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Christopher Nerad as CO of the USS Nitze during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
December 10, DDG 94 recently entered the MHI Ship Repair & Services in Norfolk, Va., for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
June 24, 2013 USS Nitze departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for ammo onload.
November 29, USS Nitze departed Norfolk for a scheduled independent deployment in support of Operation Ocean Shield.
December 23, The Nitze recently pulled into Naples, Italy, for a liberty port visit and to conduct turnover with the USS Bainbridge (DDG 96).
March 10, 2014 USS Nitze moored at Cruise Jetty in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a week-long liberty port visit.
May 7, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Mahe Quay in Port Victoria, Seychelles, for a five-day port visit.
May 11, Cmdr. Michelle L. Nakamura relieved Cmdr. John L. Bub, Jr., as the 7th CO of Nitze during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Port Victoria.
June 30, The Nitze returned to Mediterranean after transiting Suez Canal; Brief stop at Ponta Delgada, Portugal, on July 8.
July 15, USS Nitze returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.
July 30, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair was awarded a $27,6 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Nitze Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by January 2015.
April 2?, 2015 DDG 94 departed homeport for sea trials following an extended nine-month availability; Underway for routine training on May ?.
May 23, The Nitze moored at Berth 1, Pier 5 on Naval Station Norfolk after underway in support of the PCU John Warner (SSN 785) sea trials.
October 2, Cmdr. Paul J. Kaylor relieved Cmdr. Michelle L. Nakamura as CO of USS Nitze during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.
October 12, The guided-missile destroyer returned to homeport after a week-long underway for routine training in the Virginia Capes Op. Area; Underway for Group Sail on Oct. 29.
March 12, 2016 USS Nitze departed Norfolk for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10.
June 1, USS Nitze departed Berth 3, Pier 14 for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
June 18, The Nitze moored at Berth 57, Ferry Terminal in Port of Trieste, Italy, for a four-day port visit.
July 8, USS Nitze entered the Red Sea after transiting Suez Canal southbound; Transited the Strait of Hormuz northbound on July 21; Transited southbound on Aug. 23.
October 5, USS Nitze, USS Mason (DDG 87) and USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) are currently operating in the vicinity of Bab el-Mandeb Strait, following a guided-missile attack against a Joint High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2), on Saturday early morning by Houthi rebels, off the coast of Mocha, Yemen. The Swift, operated by U.A.E.'s National Marine Dredging Company since 2015, was heavily damaged and is towed to Assab, Eritrea.
October 13, The Nitze launched five Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) around 4 a.m. local time, while underway in the southern Red Sea, destroying three coastal radar sites in Yemen.