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Preble VI (DDG-88)


Edward Preble (15 August 1761-25 August 1807). For additional information see Edward Preble.

The sixth U.S. Navy ship named Preble. The first Preble, sometimes called Commodore Preble, was a sloop and served from 1813-1815. The second Preble, a sloop-of-war, served from 1838-1863. The third Preble (Torpedo Boat Destroyer No. 12) served from 1903-1919. The fourth Preble (Destroyer No. 345), was reclassified to DD-345 on 17 July 1920, to a light minelayer (DM-20) on 30 June 1937, and served from 1920-1946. The fifth Preble, a frigate (DL-15), was reclassified to a guided missile frigate (DLG-15) on 14 November 1956, to a guided missile destroyer (DDG-46) on 30 June 1975, and served from 1960-1992.


(DDG-88: 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)

The sixth Preble (DDG-88) was laid down on 22 June 2000 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 1 June 2001; sponsored by Mrs. Connie R. Clark, wife of Adm. Vernon E. Clark, the Chief of Naval Operations; and commissioned on 9 November 2002 at Boston, Mass., Cmdr. Timothy A. Batzler in command.

Preble (DDG-88) 2002-Seal


Gold and dark blue are the traditional colors associated with the Navy. The embattlement and rayonny scarlet chief represent the fire and destruction that Commodore Preble rained on the harbor at Tripoli in 1803, during his campaign against the Barbary Corsairs. Scarlet symbolizes courage and Preble’s fiery resolve and determination to end the pirates’ attacks upon American merchantmen in the region. The ship’s sail further recalls his successful attack and blockade of Tripoli, and refers to his other distinguished commands, particularly of the frigates Constitution and Essex. The head of the lion is derived from the Preble family coat of arms and symbolizes courage and strength. The crossed cutlass and sword represent combat and the readiness, past and present, to defend United States interests. Argent, or silver, signifies integrity, and gold denotes excellence.


The eight battle stars earned by Preble (DM-20) for her World War II service are recalled by the points of the compass rose and by the laurel wreath, which signifies honor. The compass rose indicates worldwide capabilities and the service of the new Preble and her predecessors. The blue escutcheon, in the shape of the radar cover panel used on Aegis vessels, represents the advanced technology and weapons systems of the new ship. It is charged with a cinquefoil, recalling the five previous ships to honorably bear the name Preble. Argent, or silver, denotes integrity and valor, and gold signifies excellence.

Motto Scroll

The colors used, blue and gold, represent the United States Navy.

A Sikorsky MH-60R from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 completed the Seahawk variant’s first at-sea operations while embarked on board Preble off the coast of California, 22-25 January 2008.

Preble (DDG-88) 2002-100929-N-4281P-100
Preble test fires a BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile while training off the California coast, 29 September 2010. The launch tests the ability of the ship to track and destroy targets over the horizon. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall, U.S. Navy Photograph 100929-N-4281P-100, Navy NewsStand)
Preble (DDG-88) 2002-140814-N-IU636-203
Some of Preble’s officers and men man the rails as she arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hi., on 14 August 2014, as she shifted her home port from Naval Station San Diego, Calif., in company with her sister ship John Paul Jones (DDG-53). Preble relieved Reuben James (FFG-57) when the guided missile frigate decommissioned on 20 July 2013; John Paul Jones’ arrival enabled guided missile cruiser Lake Erie (CG-70) to complete an extended docking ship repair availability at San Diego. John Paul Jones then carried out ballistic missile defense patrols and tests while the cruiser accomplished her repairs. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, U.S. Navy Photograph 140814-N-IU636-203, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

2 June 2015

Published: Mon Aug 24 12:17:49 EDT 2015