USS FORREST SHERMAN DDG 98
The Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) is the U.S. Navy's 48th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named in honor of Adm. Forrest Sherman, the 12th Chief of Naval Operations, and the youngest man to serve in that position. He held the office from November 1949 until July 1951.
October 2, 2004 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Forrest Sherman was christened and launched during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operation, in Pascagoula, Miss. Mrs. Ann Sherman Fitzpatrick, Admiral Sherman's daughter, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Michael G. Van Durick is the prospective commanding officer.
June 15, 2005 The guided-missile destroyer underway for the first time to conduct combined builder's and acceptance "super trial." DDG 98 emergency sortied on July 8 to evade the Hurricane Dennis.
December 17, PCU Forrest Sherman departed Pascagoula, Miss., for the last time. Arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 21.
January 28, 2006 USS Forrest Sherman was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla. Returned to Norfolk on Feb. 3; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Feb. 21-23.
February 27, The Forrest Sherman departed homeport for for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) and Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification (CMTQ) 2. Returned home on March 3; Underway again on March 13 en route to Mayport, Fla; Underway on March 23 for testing at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range; Port call to Nassau, Bahamas, from April 2-6; Returned home on April 12; Underway from July 10-15 for UD, ITT and FEP.
August 8, USS Forrest Sherman commenced a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair. Returned to homeport on Nov. 17; Underway in VACAPES Op. Area from Dec. 4-7; Magnetic deperming at Lambert Point from Dec. 11-13.
January 19, 2007 The guided-missile destroyer returned to its homeport after completing a successful 10-day work up and training period in preparation for its upcoming deployment.
February 16, Cmdr. Dean M. Vesely relieved Cmdr. Michael G. Van Durick as CO of the Forrest Sherman during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
April 30, USS Forrest Sherman pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in Fleet Week Ft. Lauderdale.
July 9, USS Forrest Sherman departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment, with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
July 26, DDG 98 arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.
In August, while the Forrest Sherman was visiting Sevastopol to conduct drills with the Ukrainian navy, a 1,100 pound mine from World War II was discovered 500 yards from the vessel. The mine was discovered and secured before it could damage the ship.
September 5, The Forrest Sherman pulled into Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as the first U.S. Navy ship to visit the country in more than 40 years.
September 12, USS Forrest Sherman arrived off the coast of Moroni, Comoros, as the first U.S. Navy ship to visit the island nation after 33 years. The ship is currently assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa's newly established Southeast Africa Task Group CTG 60.5.
September 17, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Maputo, Mazambique, for a scheduled port call.
September 26, DDG 98 departed Durban with South African navy frigate SAS Amatola (F 145) for coordinated at sea operations and transition to Cape Town. The ship departed Cape Town on Oct. 5th.
October 26, The Forrest Sherman recently departed Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo.
December ?, USS Forrest Sherman returned to homeport after a five-month deployment to the U.S. European (EUCOM) and African Command (AFRCIOM) Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
June 1, 2008 USS Forrest Sherman departed Norfolk in support of U.S. Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas 2008 (POA 08) operation.
June 11, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Callao, Peru, to begin a series of exercises with the Peruvian Navy. The Sherman's crew provided food, fuel and water to a stranded fishing vessel 20 miles off Peru's port city of Paita on June 10.
August 10, DDG 98 recently departed Acajutla, El Salvador, after a scheduled port visit.
August 29, USS Forrest Sherman, commanded by Cmdr. Wyatt N. Chidester, returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-month deployment.
February 20, 2009 The Forrest Sherman moored at Gov. Nicholls Street Wharf in New Orleans, La., for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the Mardi Gras festivities.
April 24, USS Forrest Sherman conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX), with French ship FS Forbin (D 620), off the coast of Virginia April 20-21.
April 27, USS Forrest Sherman, USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Toledo (SSN 769), USCGC Tahoma (WMEC 908) and HMCS Preserver (AOR 510) arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., for an annual Broward Navy Days Fleet Week celebration from April 27 through May 2.
May 8, The guided-missile destroyer returned home after completing the three-week underway period.
June 6, DDG 98 recently arrived in Karlskrona, Sweden, to participate in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2009 exercise.
December 3, Cmdr. Andrew Arnold relieved Cmdr. Wyatt N. Chidester as the 4th CO of the Forrest Sherman.
February 21, 2010 USS Forrest Sherman is currently conducting anti-piracy and maritime security operations (MSO), in the Gulf of Aden, as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151.
August 1, USS Forrest Sherman returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.
March 11, 2011 Cmdr. Luis E. Sanchez, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Andrew Arnold as commanding officer of DDG 98.
April 1, The Forrest Sherman arrived in HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, to participate in multinational exercise Joint Warrior 2011-1, off the coast of Scotland, April 2-15.
April 18, USS Forrest Sherman, along with USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), arrived in Portsmouth, England, for a four-day port call.
May ?, The guided missile destroyer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.
July 11, DDG 98 is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the MHI Ship Repair & Services in Norfolk.
February 8, 2012 USS Forrest Sherman pulled into Naval Station Mayport for a brief port call. The ship is currently conducting routine training off the East Coast.
March 12, The Forrest Sherman departed Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), March 26- April 5.
March 19, USS Forrest Sherman pulled into Ponta Delgada, Portugal, for a brief visit to Azores to take on fuel.
March 23, DDG 98 arrived in HMNB Devonport for a three-day port visit to Plymouth, England. The ship returned to Devonport on March 30.
April 6, USS Forrest Sherman arrived in Brest, France, for a four-day port visit.
April 13, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a three-day port call before participating in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 2012, off the coast of Scotland, April 16-26. Pulled again into Faslane on April 27.
May 17, The Forrest Sherman returned to homeport after a Tiger Cruise from Naval Station Mayport, Fla., completing the nine-week underway period.
June 1, USS Forrest Sherman departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for a Friends and Family Day Cruise en route to Naval Station Norfolk after ammo onload.
July 3, USS Forrest Sherman departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.
July 21, Cmdr. Bradley W. Busch relieved Cmdr. Luis E. Sanchez, Jr., as CO of the Forrest Sherman.
August 15, DDG 98 pulled again into Haifa, Israel, for a two-day port call after participating in at-sea phase of annual search and rescue exercise Reliant Mermaid 2012, in the eastern Mediterranean.
September 3, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.
October 18, USS Forrest Sherman arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a three-day port call before participating in a joint air defense exercise Austere Challenge 12.
November 5, The Forrest Sherman arrived in Aksaz naval base, Turkey, for a three-day in-port phase of trilateral exercise Mavi Balina 2012.
November 12, USS Forrest Sherman anchored off the coast of Antalya, Turkey, for a two-day port visit.
December 1, DDG 98 recently pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.
January 17, 2013 The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Bari, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.
February 18, The Forrest Sherman recently arrived in Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port call.?
February 26, USS Forrest Sherman returned to Naval Station Norfolk after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). The ship made 16 port visits, including Augusta Bay, Sicily; and Larnaca, Cyprus.