USS STERETT (DDG 104) Chronological History

2002

September 13 – 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.

2005

November 17 – DDG-104’s keel is laid down at Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, Maine.

2007

May 18 – Stepping the Mast ceremony is held for DDG-104, which was attended by several members of the USS STERETT Association.

May 19 – 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 – DDG-104 is launched and enters the water for the first time. 

2008

January 8 – DDG-104 begins Alpha Trails to test the ship’s operational capability of key communication, damage control, navigation and propulsion systems.

February 6 – DDG-104 begins Bravo Trails which is the acceptance trial conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

April 25 – DDG-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.

June 26 – 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.

August 9 – DDG-104 is commissioned during a 7 p.m. EST ceremony in Baltimore, MD, at the South Locust Point Marine Terminal.

September 23 – DDG-104 arrives at her new homeport San Diego, CA.

2009

July 2 – CDR Brian P. Eckerle is relieved by CDR Darren G. McPherson becoming DDG-104’s second Commanding Officer.

September 25 – 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.

2010

October 22 – DDG-104 departs San Diego for its maiden voyage as part of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

November 25 – The rescue of M/V ESPERANZA (“hope” in Portuguese) by DDG-104 (25 Nov – 05 Dec).

2011

February 22 – 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.

March 9 – CDR Darren G. McPherson is relieved by CDR Richard C. McDaniel becoming DDG-104’s third Commanding Officer.

April 27 – DDG-104 returns to homeport after a six-month maiden deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibilities (AoR).

December 6 – DDG-104 departs San Diego for its second deployment as part of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

2012

July 5 – DDG-104 returns to homeport after a seventh-month deployment that included port visits to Port Klang Malaysia, Bahrain, and Yokosuka Japan.

July 31 – 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.

2013

February 13 – 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.

2014

February 19 – 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.

March 28 – 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.

August 22 – DDG-104 departs San Diego for its third deployment with the CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

 

2015

March 28 – 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.

April 30 – DDG-104 crosses the equator for the first time.

June 4 – 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.”

September 10 – 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

March 2 – 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 31 – After embarking HSM 49, DDG-104 departs San Diego for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment (4th) as part of a Surface Action Group (SAG).

June 18 – DDG-104 is moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a routine port call (18 – 22 June). Subic Bay was CG-31’s homeport for almost 10 years (19 August 1981 – 10 May 1991).

July 22 – DDG-104 participates is a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) along with the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group and the Royal Australian Navy ships, while underway off the coast of Queensland, Australia, at the conclusion of a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.

August 28 – 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).

2017

March 2 – 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 31 – After embarking HSM 49, DDG-104 departs San Diego for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment (4th) as part of a Surface Action Group (SAG).

June 18 – DDG-104 is moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a routine port call (18 – 22 June). Subic Bay was CG-31’s homeport for almost 10 years (19 August 1981 – 10 May 1991).

July 22 – DDG-104 participates is a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) along with the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group and the Royal Australian Navy ships, while underway off the coast of Queensland, Australia, at the conclusion of a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.

August 28 – 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).

2018

February 6 – DDG-104 departs San Diego for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment (5th) as part of a Surface Action Group (SAG).

May 11 – 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. Wasp successfully embarked, maintained, and supported near-daily flight operations of the F-35B Lightning II in that span, part of a first-ever operational deployment of the U.S. Marine Corp’s fifth-generation stealth jet.

June 25 – 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 26 Nations, 47 ships, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, plus five submarines.

August 15 – CDR Claudine E. Calouri is relieved by CDR Sean P. Lewis becoming DDG-104’s eighth Commanding Officer at Naval Base, San Diego.

2019

October 18 – CDR Sean P. Lewis is relieved by CDR Andrew B. Koy becoming DDG-104’s ninth Commanding Officer while the ship is at pierside at Naval Base, San Diego.

2020

May 10 – After beginning a restriction-of-movement (ROM) period on 1 April to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 on ships, 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.

August 16 – DDG-104 transits the Suez Canal Northbound and Southbound on August 17th escorting the USS GEOGIA (SSGN 729).

October 8 – DDG-104 participates in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with HMS Montrose (F236) while underway in the Gulf of Oman.

November 17 – While underway in the Arabian Sea, DDG-104 participates in the annual exercise Malabar 2020 (17 – 20 November).

November 21 – DDG-104 crosses the equator for the second time.

December 21 – DDG-104 arrives off the northeast coast of Somalia, in support of Operation Octave Quartz.

2021

January 16 – By a unanimous vote, the USS STERETT Association Board of Directors establishes the Stephen P. Hayes Memorial Award with the perpetual plaque to be located aboard DDG-104’s messdecks.

February 4 – DDG-104 transits the Malacca Strait southbound and the Strait of Singapore eastbound (4 – 5 February).

February 9 – DDG-104 participates in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) CSG while underway off the west coast of Luzon, Philippines.

February 26 – DDG-104, part of NIMITZ Carrier Strike Group, returned to Naval Base San Diego after a more than 10-month deployment to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 7th Fleet, which included freedom of navigation operations and participation in Operations Freedom’s Sentinel, Inherent Resolve and Octave Quartz.

March 1 – The crew of DDG-104 is notified that have won the 2020 Battle “E” for an unprecedented 7th time in her short 12 year history.

March 12 – CDR Andrew B. Koy is relieved by CDR Shaun Dennis becoming DDG-104’s tenth and current Commanding Officer while the ship is at pierside at Naval Base, San Diego.

May 17 – DDG-104 is moved “dead-stick” to Continental Marine of San Diego (CMSD) shipyard.

September 7 – The USS STERETT Association presents DDG-104 with the Stephen P. Hayes Memorial Award perpetual plaque at the Bali Hai in San Diego.

October 15 – DDG-104 makes her way back to Naval Station San Diego after a much-needed 6-month Selected Restricted Availability period at Continental Marine of San Diego (CMSD) shipyard.

 

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