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January 1

1917 - DD-27 enters the Mississippi River stopping at New Orleans before proceeding to Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1981 - CG-31 begins the year moored outboard of USS LEAHY (CG 16) at pier four, Naval Station, San Diego.  She starts preparing for her scheduled change of homeport to the Philippines in the summer by completing Supply Material Inspection, Weapons Certifications, Refresher Training, and a Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection.

 

January 3

1919 - After the war, DD-27 returns to Charleston until she is moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is decommissioned.

 

January 4

1945 - DD-407 participates in the Luzon Operation earning her 11th battle star on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon during Lingayen Gulf landing (4 - 18 January).

 

January 5

1976 - CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 105°46E in the South China Sea.

1984 - CG-31 deploys to the Middle East as part of Battle Group ALFA with the USS MIDWAY (CV 41), relieving the USS RANGER (CV 61) and Battle Group ECHO.

 

January 7

1969 - DLG-31 begins her fourth line period (7 - 27 January) with COMDESRON THREE embarked as Tonkin Gulf SAR Coordinator with HC-7 Det 107 (CLEM II) embarked earning her second Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Vietnam Counter-Offensive VI, 02 November 1968 to 22 February 1969).

1972 - In company with the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) and USS MAHAN (DLG 11), DLG-31 gets underway on her first WESTPAC since returning to the United States.

 

January 8

1994 - CG-31 conducts its last Dependent's Day cruise off the Southern California Operating Areas.

2008 - DDG-104 begins Alpha Trails to test the ship’s operational capability of key communication, damage control, navigation, and propulsion systems.

 

January 10

1994 - CG-31 begins the decommissioning restricted availability (RAV) stretching for 74 days during which the combat system suite was completely removed and the ship was stripped of all usable equipment and parts.  In total, 40 pallets worth 10 million dollars of equipment was redistributed to other U.S. Naval units.

 

January 14

1944 - LCDR Frank G. Gould is relieved by CDR Francis J.L. Boulin as DD-407's fourth Commanding Officer while the ship is inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

1970 - DLG-31 conducts the ninth line period in the Tonkin Gulf (14 January - 6 February).

 

January 15

1942 - DD-407 sails to Argetia, Newfoundland, to meet Task Force (TF) 15 and escort a convey to Iceland.

 

January 18

1943 - During the overhaul at Mare Island, California, CDR Jesse G. Coward is relieved by LCDR Frank G. Gould as DD-407's third Commanding Officer.  LCDR Gould rose to the rank of Vice Admiral.

 

January 23

1990 - From 23 - 28 January, CG-31 operates in the South China Sea conducting a Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) exercise at the Tabones range.

 

January 27

1778 - Lt. Andrew Sterett is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1945 - After being transferred via highline in the Philippine Sea, CDR Francis J.L. Boulin is relieved by Gordon B. Williams as DD-407's fifth and last Commanding Officer.  CDR Williams in awarded the Navy Cross while in command of DD-407.

 

January 28

1987 - For the first time since 1981, CG-31 returns to the United States with a port visit to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to complete various training including SAR, fire fighting and General DC training for the entire crew.  Additionally, numerous inspections were conducted and the Combat Systems Sea Qualifications Test was successfully completed (28 January - 15 March).

 

January 29

1944 - DD-407 participates in the Marshall Islands Operation (29 January - 8 February) earning her eight of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon during the occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls.

1972 - After stops in Pearl Harbor and Guam, DLG-31 pulled into Subic Bay to prepare for duties as CTU 77.0.2. in the Gulf of Tonkin, which included the installation of 50 caliber machine guns on the 04 level, SEE SAW II gear in CIC, and a command picnic on Grande Island.

February

February 1

1974 - DLG-31 begins a 10-month Regular Overhaul period at Naval Shipyard, Long Beach, California (1 February - 19 December).

 

February 3

1978 - CAPT Charles G. Farnham is relieved by CAPT Joseph S. Donnell III becoming CG-31's seventh Commanding Officer on the flightdeck inport San Diego, CA.

 

 

February 6

1980 - CAPT Joseph S. Donnell III is relieved by CAPT Daniel C. Richardson becoming CG-31's eight Commanding Officer at U.S. Naval Station Long Beach, CA.

2008 - DDG-104 begins Bravo Trails which is the acceptance trial conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

2018 - DDG-104 departs San Diego for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment (5th) as part of a Surface Action Group (SAG).

 

February 9

1942 - Leaving Hvalfjordur, Iceland, DD-407 returns to the United States at New York on this day and gets underway 15 February to meet the liner Queen Mary off the Boston breakwater and escorts her into the harbor.

 

February 10

1943 - After two months at Mare Island, California, DD-407 sets sail joining Nassau (CVE 16) at Pearl Harbor, and together they enter Espiritu Santo on 8 March. STERETT resumes her original assignment guarding convoys to the Solomons-Bismarks area and patrolling the area to prevent reinforcement from being moved into fray.

1972 - DLG-31 begins her first line period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1972 deployment (10 February - 03 March) earning her seventh Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Consolidation II, 1 December 1971 to 29 March 1972).

 

February 13

1982 - While inport Sasebo, Japan, CAPT Daniel C. Richardson is relieved by CAPT George E. Sullivan III becoming CG-31's ninth Commanding Officer.

2013 - DDG-104 commences a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard.

 

February 15

1984 - While at sea in Indian Ocean, CAPT George E. Sullivan III is relieved by CAPT Jimmy H. McCoy becoming CG-31's 10th Commanding Officer.

1988 - After turning over with Battle Group ECHO, CG-31 as part of Battle Group ALFA proceeds towards Pattaya Beach, Thailand (23 - 27 February).

 

February 16

1944 - DD-407 participates in the Asiatic-Pacific Raids earning her ninth of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon during the Truk attack (16 - 17 February) and Mariana attack (21 - 22 February).

 

February 17

1977 - CG-31 commences a Western Pacific and Middle East deployment with Sea Snake 14 from HSL-33 (Det ONE) onboard and by participating in RIMPAC 77 Fleet Exercise.

 

February 19

2014 - DDG-104 conducts a Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Block IV Operational Test Launch (OTL) at the Pacific Missile Test Range off the Coast of Port Hueneme, California.

 

February 21

1972 - DLG-31 became the first Navy ship to direct the downing of a MIG-21 by an Air Force CAP. STERETT's AIC was RD1 Bill Bunch.

 

February 22

2011 - DDG-104 was attacked without warning by Somali pirates using rocket-propelled grenades during negotiations with the pirates for the release of four U.S. hostages, who were eventually killed.

 

February 23

1943 - DD-407 conducts a crossing the line ceremony somewhere in the South Pacific.

 

February 25

1969 - DLG-31 begins her fifth line period (25 February - 12 March) with COMDESRON THREE embarked as Tonkin Gulf SAR Coordinator with HC-7 Det 108 (CLEM II) embarked.

 

February 27

1947 - DD-407 is stricken from the Navy list.

1989 - CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '89 (27 February - 21 March) assuming duties as advance force commander and anti-air warfare commander.

March

March 2

2017 - CDR Matthew W. Cieslukowski is relieved by CDR Claudine E. Calouri becoming DDG-104's seventh Commanding Officer at Pier 10, Naval Base, San Diego.

 

March 4

1988 - CG-31 returns to homeport Subic Bay after a 4-month deployment with the USS MIDWAY Battle Group to the 5th Fleet AoR.

 

March 6

1972 - While inport Subic Bay, R.P., CAPT Herbert E. Reichert becomes DLG-31's fourth Commanding Officer when he relieves CAPT Jack Hilton.

1983 - CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '83 conducted in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea (6 - 17 March).

1991 - CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '91 (3 - 17 March).

 

March 7

1973 - An SH-2D LAMPS Helo from HSL-31, Imperial Beach, flew aboard DLG-31.  The ship welcomed aboard four pilots and maintenance personnel remaining aboard until the end of the deployment.

 

March 8

1985 - Almost 40 years to the day that DD-407 is hit by a kamikaze aircraft during the Battle of Okinawa, CG-31 gets underway from Subic Bay enroute to the Okinawa operating areas for a rendezvous with CTF-77, USS MIDWAY (CV 41) and other units of TG 77.1 for Team Spirit '85.

 

March 9

1919 - DD-27 is stricken from the Naval Vessel Registry after a little more than 15 years of inactivity and was sold for scrapping to M. Black and Company of Norfolk, Virginia on 28 June 1935.

1973 - DLG-31 departs on deployment with the USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43), USS REASONER (FF 1063) and USS CAMDEN (AOE 1) to form TU 37.1.2 with CAPT Reichert being the Senior Officer present afloat (SOPA) as CTU 37.1.2.

2011 - CDR Darren G. McPherson is relieved by CDR Richard C. McDaniel becoming DDG-104's third Commanding Officer.

 

March 11

1977 - In the evening while conducting an exercise with the two French Navy ships, CG-31's helicopter crashed into the sea killing LCDR Jeff Smith.  The ship was able to recover the other two crewman who escaped from the sinking helicopter.

1979 - For the second time in the deployment, CG-31 transits the Malacca Straits westward to provide an American presence in the area of the border conflict between North and South Yemen. The transit is in company of USS CONSTALLATION (CV 64) and is completed in five days at a speed of 28 knots. The tension was high with frequent overflights by Soviet and Soviet supplied aircraft. STERETT is awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation (12 March - 19 April 1979).

 

March 12

1973 - DLG-31's laundry dryer has a small fire rendering it impossible to do the crew's laundry.  While in Pearl Harbor two days later, the laundry dryer was replaced and arrangements were made to have the crews laundry done by a civilian firm.  The clean laundry was returned to the ship; however, it seems as though no one had told the laundry to keep the officer's, CPO's and enlisted men's clothing separated because when the laundry bags were opened it was found all the clothes had been mixed together.  STERETT's crew had quite a laundry party separating and finding their own clothes.

 

March 14

1985 - CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '85, a multi-services exercise off the Coast of Korea.  STERETT served as anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) picket in the East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan (14 - 24 March).

 

March 15

1986 - CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '86 and is assigned AAW picket in the northern Sea of Japan (15 - 22 March).

 

March 17

1969 - DLG-31 conducts SPECOPS with COMCARDIV THREE as CTG 71.0 in the Sea of Japan.

1970 - DLG-31 conducts the 10th line period in the Tonkin Gulf (17 March - 17 April) earning her fifth Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Vietnam, Winter-Spring 1970, 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970).

 

March 20

1943 - DD-407 earns her fourth of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon for her service during the Consolidation of the Southern Solomons (20 March - 07 April).

 

March 21

1972 - DLG-31 begins her second line period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1972 deployment (21 March - 19 May).

 

March 22

1909 - DD-27 keel is laid down at Quincy, Massachusetts, by the Faore River Shipbuilding Company.

 

March 23

1971 - DLG-31 completes its first regular overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard and returns to San Diego on 26 March.

1982 - CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '82 with the MIDWAY Battle GROUP (23 March - 01 April).

1985 - CG-31 is ordered to shadow a Soviet Task Group headed by the aircraft carrier NOVOROSSYISK and escorts it to the vicinity of their homeport of Vladivostok.

 

March 24

1994 - CG-31 is decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego after almost 27 years of service.

 

March 25

1798 - Lt. Andrew Sterett enters the Navy as a Lieutenant at the age of twenty. He served as a Third Lieutenant aboard the newly commissioned frigate Constellation.

1967 - The initial crew of DLG-31 moved aboard the ship consisting of 24 officers and 382 enlisted men.  About twenty percent of the crew check into the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in September/October 1966, forming the nucleus crew, and the other eighty percent checked into the Fleet Training Center, San Diego, forming the balance crew.

March 26

1973 - DLG-31's helo left STERETT to pick up the Chaplain for divine services.  As the helo cleared the deck and was about 1,000 yards off STERETT's port beam, one of the engines malfunctioned and it crashed into the sea.  All three crew members were safely recovered.

 

March 28

2014 - CDR Stewart L. Bateshansky is relieved by CDR Theodore J. Nunamaker becoming DDG-104's fifth Commanding Officer aboard the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

2015 - DDG-104 coordinates the search and recovery of two Saudi Arabia air force pilots after their F-15 suffers mechanical failure and crashes in the Gulf of Aden.

 

March 30

1972 - DLG-31 participated in the downing of two MIGs.  AIC was RDC K.C. Hendrix who vectored an F-4 CAP from the 432nd WING in for a clear shot at the first MIG.  The second MIG survived six missile shots only to be trapped over Vinh airfield and run out of fuel brining STERETT's total of three MIG downings, a record shared at that time by only two other ships.

 

March 31

2017 - After embarking HSM-49, DDG-104 departs San Diego for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment (4th) as part of a Surface Action Group (SAG).

April

April 1

1945 - DD-407 participates in the Okinawa Operation earning her 12th and final battle star on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon during Assault and Occupation of Okinawa (1 - 19 April).

 

April 2

1973 - DLG-31 begins her first line period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1973 deployment (2 April - 30 May).

 

April 4

1942 - As part of Wasp (CV 7) task group, DD-407 enters Scapa Flow, Orknery Islands, performing escort duty with the British Home Fleet.

 

April 7

1943 - Just north of the eastern tip of Guadalcanal, DD-407 was attacked by over sixty Japanese Val dive-bombers injuring six Shipmates including Lieutenant Charles R. "Cal" Calhoun, author of Tin Can Sailor, Life Aboard the USS Sterett 1939-1945.

 

April 8

1967 - DLG-31 is commissioned at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS), Bremerton, Washington. CAPT Edward A. Christopherson, Jr., assumes command. Welcoming remarks are made by the Commander, PSNS Rear Admiral W.F. Petrovic. Introduction of the Guest Speaker was made by the Commander, Thirteenth Naval District Rear Admiral W.E. Ferrall. Guest Speaker was the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Paul H. Nitze, and the Ship's Sponsor was his wife Mrs. Paul H. Nitze.

 

April 9

1945 - While conducting Carrier Air Patrol in the Northern Radar Picket One, DD-407 is hit by a kamikaze plane off the coast of Okinawa.  The plane hit the ship just above the waterline and directly below the bridge, exploding into the mess hall. It made a ten-foot hole in the ship's side, bashed in the diesel generator, and did some damage to the fuel oil tanks directly below.  Fortunately, there we no dead and only minor injuries.  STERETT was able to steam towards Kerama Reto under her own power.  For his performance during and after the kamikaze attack, CDR Gordy Williams was awarded the Navy Cross.

 

April 14

1942 - DD-407 earns her first battle start on her African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon for her service in the Reinforcement of Malta (14 April - 16 May 1942).

 

April 16

1969 - DLG-31 is ordered underway on short notice to become flagship of a four ship SAR unit in the Sea of Japan after a EC-121 is downed by the North Koreans (16 - 21 April).

1979 - CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 70°25E after departing Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

 

April 19

1972 - DLG-31 is attacked (Dong Hoi Action) by multiple enemy MIG aircraft and missile patrol boats.  Engaging with Terrier missiles, she shot down one MIG in an action for which she received the Combat Action Ribbon and a Navy Unit Citation (NUC).

1984 - Enroute to Singapore, CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 083°12E in the Indian Ocean.

 

April 21

1988 - After arriving in Pusan, Korea, (21- 22 March) CG-31 participates in Team Spirit '88 as northern picket for Battle Group ALFA and the amphibious readiness group off the coast of Korea.  As Team Spirit drew to a close, several units of the Soviet Navy that includes the carrier NOVOROSYSK departed Vladivostok with STERETT tasked to shadow them for a week (23 March - 6 April).

 

April 22

1969 - DLG-31 is Screen Commander for TG 71.4 during SPECOPS in the Yellow Sea followed by PARPRO Protection Picket (27 April - 14 May).

 

April 23

1972 - DLG-31's LAMPS helo is used in a search and rescue incident which save the life of a F-4 pilot.

 

April 25

2008 - CDDG-104 delivery-move aboard date, which is the official custody turnover of the ship from the building yard to the U.S. Navy. CDR Brian P. Eckerle signs responsibility for the ship becoming its first Commanding Officer.

 

April 26

1974 - CAPT Phillip K. Collins relieves CAPT H.E. Reichert as DLG-31s fifth Commanding Officer while STERETT was still in drydock.

 

April 27

2011 - DDG-104 returns to homeport after a six-month maiden deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).

 

April 30

2015 - DDG-104 crosses the equator for the first time.

May

May 2

1941 - LCDR Atherton Macondray is relieved by CDR Jesse G. Coward becoming DD-407's second Commanding Officer.  CDR Coward rose to the rank of Rear Admiral and is awarded the Navy Cross twice - while in command of DD-407 and as Commander, Destroyer Squadron FIFTY-FOUR.

 

May 4

1940 - Assigned to Destroyer Division 15, DD-407 rendezvous with Hammann (DD 412) at Guantanamo Bay, and the two destroyers steam for San Diego via the Panama Canal.

 

May 6

1970 - DLG-31 conducts the 11th and last line period in the Tonkin Gulf (6 - 27 May) earning her sixth Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Sanctuary Counter-offensive, 1 May to 30 June 1970).

1977 - CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 119°19E in the Celebes Sea.

 

May 7

1984 - CG-31 returns to homeport Subic Bay, R.P., having completed a four-month Indian Ocean cruise that consisted of 100 continuous days at sea and port visits to Singapore and Pattaya Beach, Thailand.

1989 - CG-31 rendezvous with USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) and USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60), which includes a 7-day port visit to Hong Kong (9 - 15 May).

 

May 10

1991 - CG-31 departs from Alava Pier, Subic Bay, after almost 10 years in the Republic of the Philippines with stops in Guam (15 May), swim call (23 May), Pearl Harbor (24 - 28 May) and finally embarks ten Midshipmen and 42 "Tigers."

2020 - DDG-104 departs on a scheduled deployment (6th) in the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibilities (AoR) with the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN.

 

May 11

2018 - DDG-104 returns to San Diego after a three-month deployment to the 7th Fleet AoR that included port visits to Pearl Harbor, Guam, and Hong Kong while operating with the USS WASP (LHD 1) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7.

 

May 12

1909 - DD-27 is launched this day and her sponsor was Miss Dorothy Rosalie Sterett-Giddings.

1994 - CG-31 is transferred to the Maritime Administration being laid up at Suisun Bay, California.

 

May 14

1941 - When Mississippi (BB 41) exits Pearl Harbor on this day, DD-407 was in her screen sailing eastward transiting the Panama Canal and arriving in Norfolk, VA, on 28 June 1941.

 

May 17

1972 - CDR Wilkerson safely bailed out of his plane into the Gulf of Tonkin and is picked up by Big Mother 64 from the USS CONSTALLATION under the control of DLG-31's controllers.

1979 - CG-31 returns from a 7-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet Area of Operations with port visits to the Philippines, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Diego Garcia.

2005 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 5th reunion in Portland, Maine (17 - 20 May), coinciding with the Christening of the new Sterett DDG-104 in nearby Bath Iron Works Shipyard.

 

May 18

1987 - As part of Battle Group ALFA, CG-31 departs Subic Bay enroute to Sydney (3 - 7 June) and Melbourne, Australia (10 - 14 June).

2007 - Stepping the Mast ceremony is held for DDG-104, which was attended a number of members of the USS STERETT Association.

 

May 19

2007 - DDG-104 is christened by Michelle Sterett Bernson (Ship's Sponsor), Diana Sterett (Matron of Honor and Michelle's mother), and Dr. Le T. Phung (Matron of Honor).

 

May 20

1979 - CG-31 conducts a burial at sea service in the Southern California operating areas.

2007 - DDG-104 is launched and enters the water for the first time.

2011 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 7th reunion in Biloxi, Missouri (20 - 22 May).

 

May 21

1989 - CG-31 concludes a historic 3-day port visit to Shanghai, China, which is a first of its kind for U.S. warships in forty years with USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) and USS RODNEY M. DAVIS (FFG 60).

 

May 22

1972 - DLG-31 hosts CINCPACFLT ADM B.A. Clarey who came aboard to personally congratulate STERETT personnel on the recent victories during its 1972 deployment off the coast of Vietnam.

 

May 23

1940 - DD-407 arrives in San Diego and for a month dividing her time between training and plane guarding Enterprise (CV 6).

1976 - CG-31 completes a 7-month deployment to the 7th Fleet Area of Operations that included port visits to Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan.

 

May 25

1969 - DLG-31 conducts the sixth line period in the Tonkin Gulf (25 May to 19 June) earning her third Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Tet 69 Counter-Offensive, 23 February to 08 June 1969).

 

May 29

1972 - DLG-31 begins her third line period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1972 deployment (29 May - 12 Jun).

1987 - Enroute to Sydney, Australia, CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 151°30E in the Philippine Sea.

1990 - CG-31 conducts a four-day port visit to Hong Kong during where STERETT helps the American Club of Hong Kong celebrate its sixty-fifth birthday, and 25 First Class Midshipmen are embarked for their summer training (29 May - 1 June).

 

May 30

1982 - On its way from Subic Bay to Singapore, CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 106°00E in the South China Sea.

 

May 31

1914 - LTJG Harry Booth Hird is relieved by LT George Wirt Simpson becoming DD-27's fifth Commanding Officer. LT Simpson rose to the rank of Commander and was awarded the Navy Cross.

1918 - DD-27 comes upon a surfaced U-boat. As STERETT closed, the submarine rapidly submerged as she began dropping depth charges furiously. Air bubbles and oil soon appeared on the surface indicating damage to the German raider. For their dogged determination, the officers and men of STERETT received the commendation of the Commander-in-Chief, Coast of Ireland.

June

June 1

1916 - DD-27 is part of the fleet which landed and supported the Marines at Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, and marched to Santiago to restore order and to protect lives and property.

 

June 4

1991 - After almost 10 years overseas and trailing a four hundred foot homecoming pennant, CG-31 arrives in her new and final home port of San Diego, California.

2015 - DDG-104 returns to homeport after a nine-and-a-half month deployment, which included port visits to Singapore, Jebel Ali U.A.E., Bahrain, Abu Dhabi U.A.E., Muscat Oman, Phuket, Bali Indonesia, and Pearl Harbor to embark "Tigers."

 

June 5

1942 - After returning to Norfolk on 27 May 1942 from duty with the British Home Fleet, DD-407 is put to sea bound for San Diego arriving on 19 June.

 

June 6

1982 - CG-31 participates in Cobra Gold '82 with the Royal Thai Navy (6 - 13 May).

 

June 9

1807 - Lt. Andrew Sterett dies in Lima, Peru.

1917 - Operating from Queenstown, Ireland, during WWI, DD-27 meets convoys and conducts them to either Berehaven, Ireland, or to Devonport, England.

1807 - CG-31 participates in Portland Rose Festival with Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, VADM William St. George, embarked (9 - 12 June).

 

June 10

1919 - LCDR James Thomas Alexander is relieved by LT William Dwayne Austin becoming DD-27's ninth Commanding Officer.

1982 - CG-31 rescued a boat of 15 refugees who had been beset upon by pirates and left to drift. All crewmembers aboard are awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal.

 

June 11

1944 - DD-407 participates in the Mariana Island Operation earning her 10th battle star on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon for her service in Capture and occupation of Saipan (11 - 24 June), First Bonin Island raids (15 - 16 June), Battle of the Philippine Sea (19 - 20 June), Capture and occupation of Guam (12 - 15 August), and Palau-Yap-Ulithi raid (25 - 27 July).

 

June 15

1911 - LCDR Robert Lawrence Berry is relieved by LCDR Frank Robert McCrary becoming DD-27's second Commanding Officer. LCDR McCrary rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Navy Cross.

1991 - Mt. Pinatubo erupts in the Philippines leaving over 24,000 active duty, civilians and CG-31 family members stranded in Subic Bay and densely populated areas.

2001 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 2nd reunion in Longmont, Colorado (15 - 17 June).

 

June 16

1967 - DLG-31 is formally delivered to and accepted by the U.S. Navy. Upon acceptance, the ship was assigned to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, as flagship of Destroyer Squadron THREE, homeported in Long Beach, California.

 

June 18

2017 - DDG-104 is moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a routine port call (18 - 22 June).

 

June 19

1968 - DLG-31 departs Long Beach, California, in company with USS MACKENZIE (DD 836) enroute to her new homeport Yokosuka, Japan, via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Midway Island. COMDERON 3 was embarked during this period.

1973 - DLG-31 begins her second line period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1973 deployment (19 June - 17 July).

 

June 20

1982 - After leaving Thailand in transit with TURNER JOY, BENJAMIN STODDART, and LYLE McCORMICK, CG-31 was fired on by Vietnamese fishing boat 20NM south of Con Son Island, SRV.

1998 - The USS STERETT Association is officially formed at Aurora, Colorado.

 

June 21

1972 - DLG-31 begins her fourth line and last period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1972 deployment (21 Jun - 16 July) earning her eighth Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign, 30 March 1972 to 29 January 1973).

1986 - At about 0230 local time while operating with Task Group 70.10 and Task Groups 76.4, CG-31 runs aground near Yeongil-Man Bay, a bay near Pohang, Korea.

 

June 22

2017 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 10th reunion in Nashville, Tennessee (22 - 25 June).

 

June 23

2005 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 4th reunion in Baltimore, Maryland (23 - 26 June), Lt. Andrew Sterett's hometown and home port.

 

June 24

1940 - DD-407 sails for Hawaii with Enterprise (CV 6) and five other destroyers arriving 02 July. She operates out of Pearl Harbor for the next 10 months, participating in a number of exercises and patrols.

1985 - CG-31 deploys with Battle Group ALFA (MIDWAY Battle Group) to the Indian Ocean.

 

June 25

2018 - DDG-104 arrives in Peal Harbor, Hawaii, and is moored outboard to USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) to participate in a biennial multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC 2018) that includes 25 Nations, 46 ships, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, plus five submarines.

 

June 26

2008 - DDG-104's final departure from the construction yard (Bath Iron Works) for her commissioning in Baltimore, Maryland. It signified the end of the new construction period and the beginning of her life as an operational asset for our nation.

 

 

June 30

1975 - With all of her sister ships, DLG-31 is re-designated as a guided missile cruiser (CG 31).

1964 - DLG-31 is launched at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington.

July

July 1

1942 - As part of Task Force 18, DD-407 steams via Tongatabu to the Fiji Island where STERETT assimilates into Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner's South Pacific Amphibious Expeditionary Force and practices invasion techniques until 1 August 1942.

 

July 2

1983 - CG-31 host the COMNAVSURFGRUWESTPAC Change of Command ceremony when Commodore P.D. Butcher relieves Rear Admiral D.P. Roane.

1986 - At Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay, CG-31 begins an interim dry dock period that would last until mid-August to repair damage after running aground near Pohang, Korea (2 July - 15 August).

2009 - CDR Brian P. Ekcerle is relieved by CDR Darren G. McPherson becoming DDG-104's second Commanding Officer.

 

July 4

1911 - LCDR Frank Robert McCrary is relieved by LT Charles Thomas Hutchings, Jr. becoming DD-27's third Commanding Officer. LT Hutchins rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Navy Cross.

 

July 5

1968 - DLG-31 arrives at her new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan.

2012 - DDG-104 returns to homeport after a seventh-month deployment that included port visits to Port Klang Malaysia, Bahrain, and Yokosuka Japan.

July 6

1983 - After conducting a Dependent's Cruise to Manila (3 July), CG-31 gets underway to participate with the USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62) Battle Group in Battle Week 83-2 (6 - 11 July).

 

July 7

1989 - CG-31 rescues 48 Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea.

 

July 8

1972 - DLG-31's CAP controller vectored Air Force planes to a successful interception of two additional MIGs.

 

July 9

1971 - After visiting San Francisco for the 4th of July (2 - 5 July), DLG-31 for the first time visits Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (9 - 13 July).

1993 - CG-31 departs on a four-and-a-half month deployment to conduct Central America/Caribbean Counternarcotics Operation that included port visits to Rodman, Panama twice (25 - 30 July and 24 - 29 October); Manta, Ecuador 19 - 22 August); Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (4 - 14 October); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (1 - 3 November); and Mazatlán, Mexico (18 - 20 November). 

 

July 10

1919 - LT William Dwayne Austin is relieved by LT Thomas Leigh Gatch becoming DD-27's tenth and last Commanding Officer. LT Gatch rose to the rank of Vice Admiral and was awarded the Navy Cross.

 

July 19

1968 - DLG-31 departs Yokosuka, Japan, enroute to the Tonkin Gulf via Subic Bay, R.P. and Danang, South Vietnam, for her first line period (31 July - 4 September).

 

July 20

1983 - CG-31 rescues 173 Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea.

 

July 21

1969 - DLG-31 conducts the seventh line period in the Tonkin Gulf (21 July - 1 August).

1983 - CG-31 picks up a second boat with 89 Vietnamese refugees in the South China Sea.

1987 - CG-31 begins SRA-6. Thousands of man-hours are invested over the next three months to ensure the ship is at a peak level of combat readiness (21 July - 13 October).

1990 - CG-31 gets underway towards Kure, Japan, to begin an American-Japanese Midshipmen training exercise.

 

July 22

2005 - Admiral Mike Mullen, CG-31's former Executive Officer, becomes the 28th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and remains in office until 27 September 2007 when he is selected as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.

2017 - DDG-104 participates is a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) along with the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group and the Royal Auntralian Navy ships, while underway off the coast of Queensland, Australia, at the conclusion of a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.

 

July 24

1979 - CG-31 arrives at Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a Regular Overhaul. The ship is declared uninhabitable; therefore, the crew initially moves aboard the USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA 3) then onto barracks 297 for the reminder of the yard period.

 

July 26

1990 - The 25 U.S. Midshipmen embark three JMSDF destroyers and 25 Japanese Midshipmen plus three JMSDF offices embark CG-31 (26 July - 1 August) in Kure enroute Yokosuka, Japan.

 

July 27

1981 - CG-31 departs San Diego enroute to its new overseas homeport homeport with stops in Pearl Harbor for many briefings concerning events and procedures for the Western Pacific area, and a brief stop for fuel in Guam.

 

July 29

1970 - DLG-31 sets sail from Yokosuka to return to the United States after more than 2 years overseas conducting operations in the Western Pacific and off the coast of Vietnam.

 

July 31

2005 - CG-31 is sold to International Shipbreaking of Brownsville, Texas, for dismantling and recycling.

2012 - CDR Richard C. McDaniel is relieved by CDR Stewart L. Bateshansky becoming DDG-104's fourth Commanding Officer aboard the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

August

August 1

1801 - Lt. Andrew Sterett in command of ENTERPRISE defeats the Tripolitan frigate Tripoli during the Barbary Wars.

 

August 2

1973 - DLG-31 begins her third and last line period off the coast of Vietnam of the 1973 deployment (2 - 16 August).

1978 - CG-31 participates in the Seattle Seafair (2 - 7 August).

 

August 6

1943 - Lt. Andrew Sterett in command of ENTERPRISE defeated the Tripolitan corsair Tripoli during the Barbary Wars.

1972 - DLG-31 returns to homeport in San Diego after a 7-month combat deployment with stops in Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Guam and Pearl Harbor. For her service in Vietnam (23 January to 24 July 1972), STERETT is awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.

1986 - After a brief change of command ceremony, CAPT John L. Lockett III is relieved by CAPT Fred W. Bailey becoming CG-31's 12th Commanding Officer.

August 7

1942 - DD-407 earns her first of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon for her service during the Guadalcanal-Tulagi Landings (7 - 9 August).

 

August 9

2008 - DDG-104 is commissioned during a 7 p.m. EST ceremony in Baltimore, MD, at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal.

 

August 10

1947 - DD-407 is sold to the Northern Metal Company of Philadelphia for scrapping.

 

August 12

1991 - CG-31 conducts a dead-stick transit to Southwest Marine Shipyard to begin a thirteen-month new threat upgrade overhaul.

 

August 15

1915 - LT George Wirt Simpson is relieved by LT Ralph Gordon Walling becoming DD-27's sixth Commanding Officer. LT Walling rose to the rank of Commander and was awarded the Navy Cross.

1939 - DD-407 is commissioned with LCDR Atherton Macondray in command.

1970 - After being homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, for over 2 years, DLG-31 arrives at her new homeport of San Diego, California.

2003 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 3rd reunion in Silverdale, Washington (15 - 17 August) near where DLG-31 was built.

2018 - CDR Claudine E. Calouri is relieved by CDR Sean P. Lewis becoming DDG-104's eighth Commanding Officer at pier 8, Naval Base, San Diego.

 

August 16

2020 - DDG-104 transits the Suez Canal Northbound and Southbound on August 17th escorting the USS GEORGIA (SSGN 729).

 

August 19

1981 - CG-31 arrives at her new overseas home port of Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines.  Upon arrival, the ship is greeted and visited by many awaiting families and dignitaries including Rear Admiral Donald P. Roane CTF-73, Rear Admiral Huntington Hardisty CTF-70, Rear Admiral Richard M. Dunleavy COMNAVUSPHIL, and the Vice Mayor of Olongapo City.  The ship then commenced a regular three-week upkeep at Alava Pier 5/6, SRF Subic Bay.

1988 - CAPT Richard P. Genet is relieved by CAPT Barry M. Plott becoming CG-31's 14th Commanding Officer.

1993 - Before liberty in Manta, Ecuador, CG-31 conducts a Crossing the Line ceremony cleansing the ship of over 200 polliwogs.

 

August 22

2014 - DDG-104 departs San Diego for its third deployment with the CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

 

August 23

1985 - Enroute to Diego Garcia with the USS KIRK (FF 1087) and USNS KILAUEA (T-AE-26), CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 065°53E in the Indian Ocean arriving the next day for a five-day tender availability with the USS SIERRA (AD 18).

1988 - CG-31 hosts the COMNAVSURFGRU WESTPAC Change of Command ceremony, in which RADM G.L. Chesbrough relieved RADM D. C. Richardson.  COMSEVETHFLT, VADM P.D. Miller presides.

 

August 24

1969 - DLG-31 conducts the eigth line period in the Tonkin Gulf (24 August - 5 September) earning her fourth Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Vietnam, Summer-Fall 1969, 9 June to 31 October 1969).

 

August 25

1968 - SAR alert was ordered with DLG-31's UH-2A, CLEMENTE 2, piloted by Lieutenant T. A. Melecosky and with co-pilot LTJG P. D. Cullen, was dispatched to the rescue of a A-7 pilot who had ejected about 60 yards from the North Vietnam coast.

 

August 28

2017 - DDG-104 returns to San Diego after a five-month deployment to the 7th Fleet AoR that included port visits to Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong, Singapore, Phuket, Zhanjiang People's Republic of China, Subic Bay, and Brisbane Australia. She operated with the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

 

August 30

1968 - At 1730, DLG-31's SAR alert was ordered and an SH-3A BIG MOTHER 74, piloted by LTJG J. E. Wiant and co-piloted by LTJG P. D. January was launched for the recovery of a A-4 aircraft pilot over North Vietnam.

1985 - CG-31 is detached and independently steams back to Subic Bay via Singapore for a short refueling  stop (4 September) at Sembawang Pier, and liberty stop in Pattaya Beach, Thailand (6 - 10 September) for R&R.

September

September 1

1913 - LT Charles Thomas Hutchings, Jr. is relieved by LTJG Harry Booth Hird becoming DD-27's fourth Commanding Officer. LTJG Hird rose to the rank of Captain.

 

September 2

1989 - At 0135, CG-31 rescues six men and a woman found adrift in the South China Sea and transports them to Subic Bay, R.P..

 

September 4

1981 - CG-31 is visited by the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Thomas B. Hayward.

 

September 6

1973 - DLG-31 returns to homeport in San Diego after a 6-month combat deployment with stops in Yokosuka, Japan, and Pearl Harbor.

 

September 8

1983 - CG-31 gets underway and serves as flagship for CTF-71 during the search and salvage operations following the downing of Korean Airline flight KAL 007 by Soviet forces. STERETT spends 55 days on scene and is awarded the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (KPUC) and a Meritorious Unit Citation (13 September - 5 November).

 

September 9

1918 - CDR Allan Shannon Farquhar is relieved by LCDR James Thomas Alexander becoming DD-27's eighth Commanding Officer. Captain Alexander rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Navy Cross.

 

September 10

1967 - DLG-31 makes its first foreign port visit to Acapulco, Mexico (10 -13 September). During this time, the USS STERETT represented the city of Beverly Hills, Acapulco's sister city, exchanging gifts between the two cities.

1990 - CAPT Barry M. Plott is relieved by CAPT Thomas E. Blount, Jr., becoming CG-31's 15th Commanding Officer.

2015 - CDR Theodore J. Nunamaker is relieved by CDR Matthew W. Cieslukowski becoming DDG-104's sixth Commanding Officer aboard the ship at BAE Systems, San Diego.

2016 - DDG-104 participates in San Diego Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade while moored to Berth 1, Pier 3.

 

September 11

1969 - DLG-31 planned restricted availability lasting until 28 October for the installation of the Ship's Anti-Missile Integrated Defense System (SAMID), standard missile system, and combat system modifications, which included chaff rocket launchers.

1981 - CG-31 is visited by the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet, Admiral James D. Watkins.

2001 - Former CG-31 Shipmate GMM2 Hawkins is gravely injured while stationed at the Pentagon on the September 11, 2001, succumbing to his injuries on September 16, 2001.

 

September 13

2002 - The contract to build DDG-104 is awarded to Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, Maine.  An Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer, it becomes the fourth ship of the United States to be named in honor of Andrew Sterett, a naval officer who served during the Quasi-War and Barbary Wars.

 

September 14

1942 - DD-407 earns her second of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon for her service during the Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal (14 September - 12 November).

1992 - The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) authorizes CG-31 to wear the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation (PPUC) for her work in the Republic of the Philippines during the period of May 89 to June 1991.

 

September 15

1942 - Wasp (CV 7), DD-407's long-standing companion, was sunk to the bottom of the Pacific after being hit by three torpedos from the Japanese submarine 1-19. Her wreck was found on 14 January 2019 by the research vessel Petrel 14,225 feet below sea level.

 

September 16

1985 - CG-31 returns from deployment as part of Battle Group ALFA (USS MIDWAY CV-41) and begins SRA-3 which includes dry dock (26 September - 23 November).

1989 - While inport Subic Bay, CG-31 participates in the annual Bearing Guard exercise designed to test the security measures of the U.S. facilities in the Philippines.

 

September 17

1984 - At the completion of a two-week training availability in Yokosuka, Japan, CG-31 conducted a Group Sail with Canadian Destroyer Squadron Four of the Royal Canadian Navy enroute to Subic Bay.

2015 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 9th reunion in Tacoma, Washington (17 - 20 September).

 

September 18

2003 - DD-407 begins it's 22nd and last reunion at Springfield, IL, which was hosted Debbie A. Sterett & her father Larry S. Sterett (18 - 22 September).

 

September 19

2019 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 11th reunion in Jacksonville, Florida (19 - 22 September).

 

September 22

1986 - CG-31 begins an extensive inport period that would last until 3 December as Selected Repair Availability 4 (SRA-4)

 

September 23

2008 - DDG-104 arrives at her new homeport San Diego, CA.

 

September 25

1962 - DLG-31 is laid down at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington.

2009 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 6th reunion in San Diego, California (25 - 27 September) - the first homeport of the new Sterett DDG-104, which offered the opportunity for the active-duty DDG-104 crew to join the reunion, and Sterett Shipmates and guests to tour the ship.

 

September 26

1968 - DLG-31 departs Yokosuka, Japan, in company of USS PROVIDENCE (CLG 6) enroute to the Tonkin Gulf via Subic Bay, R.P. and Danang, South Vietnam, for her second line period (7 - 29 October) earning her first Engagement Star on her Vietnam Service Medal (Vietnam Counter-Offensive V, 01 July to 01 November 1968).

1978 - With HSL-35 Det ONE embarked, CG-31 departs San Diego on a Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment with the USS CONSTALLATION (CV 64) Battle Group that includes USS HOEL (DDG 13), USS WADDELL (DDG 24), USS DECATUR (DDG 31), USS BRADLEY (FF 1041), USS KANSAS CITY (AOR 3), USS NIAGARA (AFS 3), and USS BARB (SSN 596).

 

September 27

1986 - CAPT Fred W. Bailey is relieved by CAPT Richard P. Genet becoming CG-31's 13th Commanding Officer following a colorful change of command ceremony alongside Bravo Pier, Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines.

 

September 28

1945 - DD-407 arrives in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after receiving extensive repairs in Bremerton, Washington, resulting from her kamikaze attack.

1993 - For the first time ever, CG-31 transits the Panama Canal during CENTAM '93!

 

September 30

1989 - After arriving at Yokosuka, Japan, DESRON 15 and COMCORTFLOT 3 Japanese Self-Defense Force embarks CG-31 for ANUALEX '89 (30 September - 7 October).

October

October 1

2007 - Admiral Mike Mullen, CG-31's former Executive Officer, becomes the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.  He remains in office until September 30, 2011.

 

October 4

1975 - Following a brief stop for a final weapons loadout at Seal Beach, the re-designated CG-31 departs San Diego on deployment with COMDESGRU ONE and PHIBRON 7 embarked. During the initial transit via Pearl Harbor and Guam, STERETT performed escort duties for units of Amphibious Squadron SEVEN, and also participated in the Heritage 200 Bicentennial Naval Review in Honolulu.

 

October 6

1977 - CG-31 is greeted by hundreds of STERETT supporters as she returns from a seven-and-a-half month deployment which included port visits in Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Mauritus, Kenya, Iran, Male, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Returning home with the ship were 70 sons, brothers, fathers and friends of crewman who traveled to Hawaii on their own expense to sail to San Diego with the ship as part of the Navy's "Operation Tiger."

 

October 8

1943 - DD-407 arrives in Sydney, Australia, escorting Cleveland (CL 55).

1945 - DD-407 begins her transit through the Panama Canal enroute to Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, for a three-day stay before heading to New York for decommissioning.

2020 - DDG-104 participates in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with HMS Montrose (F236) while underway in the Gulf of Oman.

 

October 9

1975 - While enroute to Pearl Harbor, HI, CAPT Phillip K. Collins is relieved by CAPT Charles G. Farnham becoming CG-31's sixth Commanding Officer.

 

 

October 10

1985 - CAPT Jimmy H. McCoy is relieved by CAPT John L. Lockett III becoming CG-31's 11th Commanding Officer while the ship was in Drydock inport Subic Bay.

1989 - COMDESGRU ONE embarks CG-31 for Valiant Blitz Exercise with the Republic of Korea.

 

 

October 11

1978 - CG-31's SN Marvin Burkhart is lost at sea.

2013 - The USS STERETT Association holds its 8th reunion in Branson, Missouri (11 - 13 October).

 

October 12

1916 - LT Ralph Gordon Walling is relieved by CDR Allen Shannon Farquhar becoming DD-27's seventh Commanding Officer. CDR Farquhar rose to rank of Rear Admiral and was awarded the Navy Cross.

2000- Former CG-31 Shipmate GMM2 Mark A. Hawkins is injured during the terrorist attack on the USS COLE (DDG 67) in Aden, Yemen, and is awarded the Purple Heart.  Less than a year later, Chief Gunner's Mate Hawkins is gravely injured while stationed at the Pentagon on the September 11, 2001, succumbing to his injuries on September 16, 2001.

 

October 13

1982 - Inport Subic Bay, R.P., CG-31 celebrates the Navy's 207th Birthday with a cake cutting ceremony on the mess decks.

1992 - After 14 months in overhaul to Southwest Marine Shipyard and over seventy-five million dollars in repairs and upgrades, CG-31 once again returned to sea.

 

October 15

1970 - DLG-31 begins its first regular overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.  This was destined to be an important overhaul in that STERETT was to receive the conversion to Navy Distillate Fuel, a third NTDS computer, and the Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD-70) system. Representing the next generation improvement in defense against the ASCM threat, the ASMD-70 installation was the first for a DLG class. Its complexity presented a clear challenge to the Combat Systems Team of STERETT as well as the installing and testing activities.

 

October 18

2019 - CDR Sean P. Lewis is relieved by CDR Andrew B. Koy becoming DDG-104's ninth and current Commanding Officer while the ship is at pier 2, Naval Base, San Diego.

 

October 19

1980 - CG-31 returns to homeport San Diego after completing a 15-month overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard (24 July 1979 - 17 October 1980). She is moored outboard of the USS GRIDLEY (CG 21) at pier four.

1992 - CG-31 conducts a Combat Systems Ships Qualification Trial (CSSQT) (19 October - 05 December) testing and certifying all areas of its combat systems suite.

 

October 22

1975 - CG-31 arrives in Guam and assumes duty as CTF 75 Flagship and independently steams towards Subic Bay, R.P..

1989 - CG-31 hosts the COMDESRON 15 Change of Command. The next day, COMDESRON 15 and COMDESGRU ONE disembarks.

2010 - DDG-104 departs San Diego for its maiden voyage as part of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

October 23

1992 - The formal departure conference from overhaul to Southwest Marine Shipyard is completed for CG-31 (12 August 1991 - 23 October 1992).

 

October 24

1993 - For the second and the last time, CG-31 transits the Panama Canal during CENTAM '93!

 

October 27

1938 - The second USS STERETT (DD 407) is launched, sponsored by Mrs. Camilla M. Ridgely Simpson.

 

October 28

1939 - DD-407 departs Charleston, SC, in company with Hughes (DD 410) and Mustin (DD 413), which were also newly-commissioned, for shakedown in the Gulf of Mexico. She visited Vera Cruz, Cristobal, Mobile and Guantanamo Bay before returning to Charleston on 20 December 1939.

November

November 1

1943 - DD-407 participates in the Treasury-Bouganville Operation (1 - 11 November) earning her sixth of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon for her service in the Buka-Bonis Strike (1 - 2 November), First Rabaul Strike (5 November), and the Second Rabaul Strike (11 November).

 

November 2

1945 - DD-407 is decommissioned in New York City, N.Y.

 

November 5

1913 - DD-27 is placed in the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla operating in the Gulf of Mexico out of Galveston, Texas.

 

November 8

1968 - After a seven-day visit, DLG-31 departed the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong enroute to the Tonkin Gulf via Subic Bay, R.P. to load missiles and ammunition for her third line period (14 November - 10 December) off the coast of Vietnam.

1987 - CG-31 departs on a North Arabian Gulf deployment with Battle Group ALFA that included a port visit to Muscat, Oman, for the Christmas Holiday (23 - 26 December). The visit's highlight was a visit from Senator Edward Kennedy (Massachusetts) relaying a message from President Ronald Reagan.

 

November 12

1942 - On the evening of 12 November 1942, DD-407 begins participating in the Battle of Guadalcanal (12 - 13 November) earning her third of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon for her service during the Guadalcanal - Third Strike (12 - 15 November) operation. Her extraordinary heroism in action against an enemy Japanese Task Force earns her crew the Presidential Unit Citation. During the surface engagement, 28 Shipmates are killed in action (KIA) and two were missing (subsequently declared KIA).

 

November 13

1990 - CG-31 begins operations for a reconnaissance exercise with the USMC embarking 25 Marines from Company B, Third Marine Division for a three-day exercise which includes a one night insertion, and several day and night shipboard launches and recoveries of Zodiac small boats. This exercise demonstrates the capability for a Marine Reconnaissance personnel to operate from a CG 27 class cruiser by use of the torpedo recovery winch and davit.

 

November 17

2005 - DDG-104's keel is laid down at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine.

2017 - The Commemorative Plaque Dedication Ceremony is held at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., in honor and memory of all who served on USS STERETT Ships.

 

November 20

1943 - DD-407 participates in the Gilbert Islands Operation (20 November - 08 December) earning her seventh of 12 battle stars on her Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon.

 

November 21

1993 - CG-31 conducts its last Tiger Cruise with 58 dependents and friends from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, to San Diego, California (21 - 24 November).

 

November 23

1989 - CG-31 rendezvous with Battle Group ROMEO (USS NEW JERSEY) enroute to the North Arabian Sea.

 

November 24

1992 - Navy pulls out of Subic Bay, CG-31's homeport from 19 August 1981 to 10 May 1991 - almost 10 years!

1993 - CG-31 arrives back at its homeport of San Diego for the last time after travelling 22,581 miles and underway for 100 out of the 138 days of the CENTAM '93 deployment. STERETT was instrumental in the disruption of the delivery of over 28,000 Kilograms of cocaine valued at $38 Million dollars.

 

November 25

2010 - The rescue of M/V ESPERANZA ("hope" in Portuguese) by DDG-104 (25 Nov - 05 Dec).

 

November 29

1968 - DLG-31 change of command is held onboard while on station in the Gulf of Tonkin while STERETT was Strike Support Ship (SSS) and Search and Rescue (SAR). CAPT Edward A. Christopherson is relieved by CAPT Claude L. Tyler.

December

December 2

1936 - DD-407 is laid down at the Charleston Navy Yard.  She is one of ten Benham class destroyers being built at six different shipyards, the STERETT being the only one built at the Charleston Navy Yard.

 

December 4

1980 - CG-31 conducts a burial at sea service and the remains of twelve people are committed to the deep.

 

December 5

1992 - After four successful missile exercises at the Barking Sands Missile Range, CG-31 completes CSSQT.

 

December 6

2011 - DDG-104 departs San Diego for its second deployment as part of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

 

December 7

1978 - CG-31 is ordered by the National Command Authority to proceed to the Gulf of Iran to await further orders in support of contingency operations.

1983 - While at sea, CG-31 is visited by the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral James D. Watkins.

 

December 8

1941 - After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, DD-407 sails from Bermuda with Wasp (CV 7) and an assortment of cruisers and destroyers to counter possible action by Vichy French ships anchored at Martinique.

 

December 9

1919 - DD-27 is decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after almost 9 years of service.

 

December 11

1944 - Two weeks before Christmas, DD-407 enters Leyte Gulf in the Philippines for patrol and convoy duty.

 

December 14

1971 - DLG-31 gets underway for at-sea preparation for overseas movement which included a number of exercises with USS SCULPIN (SSN 590).  This provided an opportunity to operate in an ASW environment with the LAMPS helicopter that included firing an ASROC and the LAMPS helicopter dropped two air-drop configured Mark 46 torpedoes.

 

December 15

1910 - DD-27 is commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts with Lieutenant Commander Robert L. Berry in Command.

 

December 16

1992 - CAPT Thomas E. Blount, Jr., is relieved by CDR Gordon O. Dorsey becoming CG-31's 16th and final Commanding Officer.

 

December 17

1992 - After what turned out to be CG-31 last change of command ceremony, STERETT is assigned to COMDESRON THIRTEEN under former CG-31 Commanding Officer, Commodore Richard P. Genet, USN.

 

December 19

1974 - DLG-31 ends her Regular Overhaul which was estimated to have consisted of approximately one quarter million man-hours of both shipyard and ship's force devoted to the overhaul which included adding enhanced command and control facilities, crew's berthing spaces extensive "habitability modernization," enhanced combat capabilities, and engineering work which equaled all other departments in work hours.

 

December 21

1989 - Upon departing Singapore, CG-31 conducts a crossing the line ceremony at latitude 000°00, longitude 105°55E in the South China Sea.

 

December 28

1944 - On her way to Mindoro, Philippines, DD-407 is attacked by three Japanese kamikazes. Antiaircraft fire splashes the first, but the second and third succeed in crashing into merchantmen. The ship endures the onslaught of the "Divine Wind" until the task unit is dissolved on New Year's day 1945.

1987 - Two-day tender availability with the USS CAPE COD (AD 43) in Masirah, Oman, that includes the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders USO show. After departing CAPE COD, CG-31 embarked Commander, Joint Task Force Middle East, Rear Admiral Dennis M. Brooks.

 

December 29

1943 - In the Solomons on the last three days of 1943, DD-407 escorts Alabama (BB 60) to Pearl Harbor.

 

December 31

1967 - DLG-31 officially became sponsors of the ex-USS LOS ANGELES Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet and Navy League Cadets, two groups of 11-16 year old boys, sponsored by the Navy League of America.

Maintaining the objective of the Association by educating the public on the maritime heritage of all ships named STERETT as to the roles these ships played in the United States history, and the importance of preserving the ship’s historic data for future generations (2013 Bylaws, Article II).

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