USS Howard (DDG-83)

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USS Howard in the South China Sea.
USS Howard (DDG-83)
Career (US)
Name: USS Howard
Namesake: First Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard
Ordered: 20 June 1996
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 9 December 1998
Launched: 20 November 1999
Commissioned: 20 October 2001
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Howard DDG-83 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots
Complement: 320 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5"/62 caliber (127mm/62 caliber), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns, 2 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
Motto: Ready for Victory

USS Howard (DDG-83) is the thirty-third Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy and the nineteenth built at Bath Iron Works. Her keel was laid down 9 December 1998, and she was launched and christened 20 November 1999 and commissioned 20 October 2001.

The ship is named in honor of First Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, USMC, (1929–1993), recipient of the Medal of Honor for his leadership of a platoon against repeated attacks by a battalion-sized Viet Cong force. After receiving severe wounds from an enemy grenade, he distributed ammunition to his men and directed air strikes on the enemy. By dawn, his beleaguered platoon still held their position. Howard had also received the Silver Star Medal for his service in the Korean War. Every time USS Howard sets to sea from its homeport of San Diego, it passes within view of Gunnery Sgt. Howard's grave at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and salutes its namesake.

On 16 February 2007, the USS Howard was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[1]

On 28 September 2008, USS Howard was reported to be in pursuit of the Ukrainian ship Faina, which on 25 September 2008 was captured by Somali pirates en route to Kenya. The Faina was reported to be carrying 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks along with ammunition and spare parts.[2] Faina was eventually released by the pirates 5 February 2009.

In 2008, Howard received the 2008 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award and provided humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.[3]

CDR John J Fay is the ninth Commanding Officer, assuming command on 1 May 2014. CDR David Zook was the eighth commanding officer, relieving CDR Bergmann on 21 September 2012. CDR Andree (Ande) E. Bergmann replaced CDR Scott Switzer on 17 March 2011 as the seventh commanding officer. Scott Switzer was the sixth commanding officer of Howard, replacing CDR Curtis Goodnight on 8 May 2009 during a ceremony at San Diego.[3] Capt. Joseph Nolan, USN was the first Commanding Officer of the USS Howard.

Until its disbandment in 2011, the ship was part of Carrier Strike Group Seven. Howard is now a member of Destroyer Squadron TWO THREE and Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN.

Other ships with same name[edit]

A previous USS Howard (DD-179), had been named for Charles W. Howard, a U.S. Navy hero from the American Civil War, earned six battle stars in World War II.


The ships Coat of Arms is a simple one, it shows two red sparks signifying the ships readiness in combat, as well as two ships of the same name, honoring two different people, the blue diamond with the five stars is the crest of the First Marine Division, of which Howard was a member, the light blue square with the 13 stars signifies Howard being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam, the gold crossed swords are Marine NCO swords, recalling Howard's rank in the Marine Corps. (Staff Sargent at the time of his service in Vietnam). The six light blue stars signify the six highest awards held by SSgt Howard, the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Two Purple Hearts, and the Navy Unit Commendation, and the dragon on the blue field signifies SSgt Howard's service in Vietnam, the ships motto, "Ready For Victory", appears in bold black letters at the bottom.


The USS Howard has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" several times

  • 01-Jan-2006 31-Dec-2006 [4]

External Links[edit]

Official page


  1. ^ Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E". US Navy. 19 February 2007.
  2. ^ US destroyer watching hijacked ship off Somalia. Associated Press via ABC news. 27 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b USS Howard Holds Change of Command Ceremony. ENS Jessica Kelz, USS Howard, PAO. Navy Compass. 8 May 2009
  4. ^ [1]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.