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Bulkeley (DDG-84)

2001-

John Duncan Bulkeley (19 August 1911-6 April 1996). For additional information see http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/bios/bulkeley-john-d.html.

The first U.S. Navy ship named Bulkeley.

For the ship’s Command Operations Reports see (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/archives/command-operations-reports/ships/b/bukeley-ddg-84.html).

(DDG-84: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 2 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-156 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 2 Mk 15 Close In Weapon Systems (CIWS), 4 .50 caliber machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)

Bulkeley (DDG-84) was laid down on 10 May 1999 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 21 June 2000; co-sponsored by Mrs. Regina J. Day, Joan I. Stade, and Diana J. Lindsey, daughters of the late Vice Adm. Bulkeley, Mrs. Carol A. Bulkeley, his daughter-in-law, and Mrs. Sarah Fargo, wife of Adm. Thomas B. Fargo, Commander Pacific Fleet; and commissioned on 8 December 2001 at the Intrepid (CVS-11) Sea, Air & Space Museum, N.Y., Cmdr. Carlos Del Toro in command.

Bulkeley (DDG-84) 2001-crest

Shield

The shield, reflecting the power of the Aegis Weapons System, is navy blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the Navy, and symbolizes the sea and excellence. The inverted star at the base of the shield recalls the Medal of Honor that President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented to Bulkeley for his dynamic forcefulness and daring during the defense of the Philippines. The gold laurel wreath represents honor and high achievement, the hallmarks of Bulkeley (DDG-84). The red chevron, from the family coat of arms, is emblematic of the valor and sacrifice that Bulkeley displayed while leading a flotilla of PT boats and minesweepers along Utah Beach before the assault troops stormed ashore at Normandy, France. The lion alludes to the heritage of Normandy and embodies courage and strength. Silver anchors flanking the lion reflect the devotion and commitment of U.S. Navy sailors defending freedom and keeping Bulkeley and the Navy “Second to None.”

Crest

A World War II PT boat surrounded by the Philippine sun honors Bulkeley’s role in the Pacific, including his daring evacuation of Lt. Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur, USA, from Luzon to Mindanao in March 1942.

In December 2004, four American Christians, Scott U. and Jean S. Adam, and Phyllis P. Macay and Robert C. Riggle, had begun a global circumnavigation on board their sailing vessel Quest. The four evangelized and distributed bibles to people in multiple countries, but on 18 February 2011, Somali pirates hijacked Quest and the four missionaries, 190 nautical miles southeast of al Masirah. Aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65), guided missile cruiser Leyte Gulf (CG-55), and Bulkeley sailed to the area to free the hostages, subsequently reinforced by guided missile destroyer Sterett (DDG-104). On the morning of 22 February a pirate suddenly fired a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) at Sterett and gunfire broke out on board Quest. Fifteen Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) team members in two RHIBs boarded the sailboat and killed two pirates, one in a knife fight, and captured the remaining 15. The boarders discovered that the Somalis had shot and killed all four prisoners, and identified the bodies of two pirates apparently slain by the others during a dispute. At least two of the brigands, Ali A. Mohamed and Burhan A. Yusuf, received life sentences for murdering the missionaries.

At 1035 on 16 May 2011, German-owned, Panamanian-flagged very large crude carrier Artemis Glory, en route from Juaymah Terminal, Saudi Arabia, to China with a cargo of crude oil, sent a distress call that pirates chased her while she sailed southeast across the Gulf of Oman. British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)-manned forward repair ship Diligence (A.132), in the area, received the distress call, passed the message to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), and the coalition servicemembers on duty radioed Artemis Glory, confirming with her master that four pirates in a skiff were pursuing the ship, firing their small arms at her. The CMF team dispatched Bulkeley, which launched Venom 512, a Sikorsky SH-60B from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HSL) 48 Detachment 4. Venom 512 reached the scene of the battle, observed the pirates firing at the merchantman, and under the principle of “extended unit self-defense,” the Seahawk attacked, killing all four pirates and sinking their skiff. None of the 23 crewmembers on board Artemis Glory sustained injuries, and the ship resumed her voyage.

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

Published:Mon Jun 29 12:03:05 EDT 2015