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USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBRK

CLASS - BURKE Flight I As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 504' 7" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 2 Phalanx 20mm Guns, 90 VLS Cells,
8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on December 6 1988.
Launched September 16 1989 and commissioned July 4 1991.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Homeported at Norfolk Virginia.

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Arleigh Albert Burke was born on 19 October 1901 on a farm near Boulder, Colorado. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1919, he was commissioned in the rank of Ensign in June 1923. From then until April 1928 he was an officer in the battleship Arizona. Burke was next assigned to the Fleet Base Force flagship Procyon, in which he was Flag Lieutenant and Force Personnel Officer. Resuming his formal education in June 1929, Lieutenant Burke received a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan two years later, then served in the heavy cruiser Chester. He spent the middle 1930s on the Base Force staff and at the Bureau of Ordnance in Washington, D.C. In 1937 he joined the destroyer Craven and, in June 1939, took command of USS Mugford. Between mid-1940 and late 1942 Burke was assigned to the Naval Gun Factory as an ordnance inspector. Promoted to Commander during that time, he next commanded two destroyer divisions and Destroyer Squadron 12 in the south Pacific combat zone. He was given temporary promotion to Captain in mid-1943 and in October of that year took command of Destroyer Squadron 23. Flying his flag in the destroyer Charles Ausburne, he demonstrated initiative and tactical mastery in a series of engagements. In March 1944, Burke became Chief of Staff to Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, who led the Pacific Fleet's fast carrier task forces. With the temporary rank of Commodore, he served with Mitscher until nearly the end of the Pacific War, had a brief tour with the Bureau of Ordnance, and was again Mitscher's Chief of Staff in 1946-1947. Now recognized as an officer of great potential, during 1947-1949 Captain Burke was assigned to the Navy's General Board, commanded the light cruiser Huntington, and was active in the debate over Armed Forces' roles and missions while serving with the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He ended the decade and began the next with the Defense Research and Development Board. Soon after the Korean War began Rear Admiral Burke went to Japan to become Deputy Chief of Staff to Commander, Naval Forces, Far East. In May-December 1951 he commanded a cruiser division and participated in the Korean War's vexing armistice negotiations, then returned to Washington to direct the CNO's Strategic Plans Division. For much of 1954 Burke led a Sixth Fleet cruiser division and, at the beginning of 1955, became Commander of the Atlantic Fleet's Destroyer Force. In May 1955 Rear Admiral Burke was selected as the next Chief of Naval Operations. Quickly promoted to the rank of Admiral, Burke took over as CNO on 17 August. His three two-year terms took the Navy through great operational and technical changes during a time of constant international tension. After retiring from active duty on 1 August 1961 he had an active business and civic life, as well as remaining closely involved with the Navy. Admiral Burke resided in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and later in the Northern Virginia suburbs, where he died on New Year's Day 1996. Official US Navy Photographic Portrait of Admiral Arleigh A. "31-Knot" Burke, USN, taken while he was serving as the 15th Chief of Naval Operations. [1] This photo is from my personal collection, it is #PAA-30436, dated 10 January 1959. [2] Tombstone at the Naval Academy February 2008.[1] Robert M. Cieri




[2] Larry Backus
Burke 49kArtist's conception of the Burke as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Burke 136kUSS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin.Bill Gonyo
Burke 206kDN-SC-84-09606. 16 July 1984, an aerial rendering of the USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51 guided-missile destroyer by artist Vincent Piecyk, planned for delivery to the Navy in 1989.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 175kDN-SC-86-04710. 1 March 1986, an artist's concept of the USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51-class guided missile destroyer, shown firing a Standard-ER (SM-2) missile from the stern vertical launch system (VLS). Note that in this concept rendering she is shown with a stern Mark 45 five-inch/54 caliber Dual-Purpose (DP) gun mount. These destroyers only have one forward. Robert M. Cieri
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Burke 60kUndated, location unknown, from a postcard.Joe Radigan
Burke 52kUndated, location unknown.Brian J. Johnson
Burke 135kUndated, location unknown.Cem Hosgar
Burke 101kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Burke 182kUndated, moored pierside in Norfolk, Virginia.Bill Gonyo
Burke 165kUndated, undergoing ship maintenance & modernization in Norfolk, Virginia.Bill Gonyo
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The launching program for the USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51, the event was held at Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on September 16, 1989, along with Schedule of Events for the Launching.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 76kAdmiral and Mrs. Arleigh Burke, at the launching of the USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51. Bath Iron Works, (BIW) Bath, ME. September 16, 1989.Steven A. Cardali
Burke 226kRetired Admiral Arleigh A. Burke and wife, Roberta, watch as the guided missile destroyer which bears his name is launched. The ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) is one of the few ships that has ever been named for a living person. Left to right: Dr. P. Ward, Matron of Honor Mrs. Milton Miles, Ship's Sponsor Mrs. Roberta Burke, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke, prospective commanding officer Commander John Morgan, at the launch ceremony for the guided missile destroyer USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51).Bill Gonyo
Burke 153kAttending the christening and launch of the guided missile destroyer ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51), from left to right are RADM (lower half) George N. Gee, RADM Alvin B. Koeneman, VADM John W. Nyquist, retired ADM Thomas H. Moorer, ADM David E. Jeremiah, retired ADM Arleigh Burke, Roberta Burke, Mrs. Milton Miles, ADM Carlisle A.H. Trost, retired ADM James D. Watkins, RADM James B. Greene Jr., retired ADM James L. Holloway III and VADM Peter M. Hekman Jr.Bill Gonyo
Burke 148kDN-SC-90-01372. Bath, ME, September 16 1989, tugboats assist the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) into position for her launch and christening ceremony. Bath Iron Works photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 131kThe bow of the Aegis guided missile destroyer USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) looms over the guests and naval personnel gathered for the ship's launch ceremony. Photo by PH3 Thomas Witham, September 16 1989.Bill Gonyo
Burke 119kDN-SC-90-01368. Bath Iron Works, ME, September 16 1989, Mrs. Roberta Burke, ship's sponsor, christens the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), as her husband, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke, watches with interest. BIW photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 123kDN-SC-90-01369. Bath Iron Works, ME, September 16 1989, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke speaks at the christening/launch ceremony for the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). BIW photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 100kThe guided missile destroyer ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) slides down the ways following its christening at the Bath Iron Works shipyard. Photo by PH2 James Saylor, September 16 1989.Bill Gonyo
Burke 252kThe guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), one of the few ships that have been named for a living person, slides down the ways at it's launching ceremony on September 16 1989. Photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works, Bath ME.Bill Gonyo
Burke 75kUSS Arleigh Burke Bravo Sea Trials Gulf Off Maine.Steven A. Cardali
Burke 175kUSS Arleigh Burke Bravo Sea Trials Kennebec River.Steven A. Cardali
Burke 107kDN-ST-91-00800. Secretary of the Navy H. Lawrence Garrett III is briefed in the combat information center of the guided missile destroyer ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) as the ship travels down river for sea trials off the coast of Maine. The ARLEIGH BURKE is one of the few ships that has ever been named for a living person. Photo by PH3 Jerry Ireland, September 12 1990.Bill Gonyo
Burke 229kUSS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) underway at sea, circa 1991. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106827-KN.Robert Hurst
Burke 151kUSS Arleigh Burke, moored at NOB Norfolk in 1991. In front of the ship is BT1(SW) Scott F. Hiorns and his dad (former) GM3 Donald Hiorns.Lynn Hiorns
Burke 109kDN-ST-92-03936. The helmsman confirms a course change on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51). Photo by James Giusti, January 1 1991.Bill Gonyo
Burke 151kDN-ST-92-03922. Two sailors work at the electric plant control console in an engineering space aboard the guided missile destroyer USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51). Photo by James Giusti, January 1 1991.Bill Gonyo
Burke 116kDN-SC-91-10731. Atlantic Ocean, June 22 1991, a bow view of the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the coast of New England on builder's sea trials, prior to her commissioning. Bath Iron Works Corp. photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 262kDN-SC-91-10733. Atlantic Ocean, June 22 1991, an aerial port bow view of the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the coast of New England, on builder's sea trials, prior to her commissioning. Bath Iron Works Corp. photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 137kDN-SC-91-10728. Atlantic Ocean, June 22 1991, a stern view of the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the coast of New England, on builder's sea trials, prior to her commissioning. Bath Iron Works Corp. photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 215kDN-SC-91-10739. Atlantic Ocean, June 22 1991, an aerial port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the coast of New England, on builder's sea trials, prior to her commissioning. Bath Iron Works Corp. photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 140kDN-SC-91-10732. Atlantic Ocean, June 22 1991, a starboard bow view of the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the coast of New England, on builder's sea trials, prior to her commissioning. Bath Iron Works Corp. photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 203kDN-SC-91-10735. Atlantic Ocean, June 22 1991, a port quarter view of the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the coast of New England, on builder's sea trials, prior to her commissioning. Bath Iron Works Corp. photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 170kDN-SC-92-00938. Naval Station Norfolk, July 4 1991, retired Admiral Arleigh Burke and his wife, Roberta, stand on the pier in front of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) just prior to her commissioning ceremony. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 131kUSS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) all decked out for her commissioning on July 4, 1991.Bill Gonyo
Burke 154kDN-ST-92-02340. Norfolk Naval Station, VA, July 4 1991, bunting and a rainbow flaghoist adorn the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) on her commissioning day. The BURKE is the lead ship of her class, named for the ultimate destroyerman! US Navy photo by PH1 Michael D. P. Flynn.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 80kDN-ST-92-04725. Norfolk Naval Station, July 4 1991, an officer escorts retired ADM Arleigh Burke to his seat for the commissioning ceremony of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), named in his honor. The ship is one of the few US Navy vessels named after a living person. US Navy photo by PH1 (SW) Jeff Elliott.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 202kDN-ST-92-02356. Naval Station Norfolk, July 4 1991, the crew run aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) to man the rails bringing the ship to life, at her commissioning. US Navy photo by PH1 Michael D. P. Flynn.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 216k910704-N-ZT118-723. Naval Station Norfolk, July 4 1991, the Crew has boarded guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as the vessel comes alive following her commissioning ceremony. Arleigh Burke was one of the few Navy ships named for a living person. US Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Monica Miles.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 162kJuly 19 1991, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Burke 67kNorfolk, VA September 3, 1991.Marc Piché
Burke 160kAtlantic Ocean (1992), a starboard view of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway off the Virginia Capes.Fred Weiss
Burke 100kCirca 1992, location unknown. Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 30kPort Everglades, FL February 14 1992.Marc Piché
Burke 95kToulon, France in 1993.Laurent Lamarche
Burke 172kDN-SC-93-03710. Atlantic Ocean, March 31 1993, a port bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway in rough seas. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 James Collins.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 155kDN-SC-93-03709. Atlantic Ocean, March 31 1993, a port bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG-51) underway in rough seas. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 James Collins.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 180kDN-SC-93-03708. Atlantic Ocean, March 31 1993, a port bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) underway in rough seas. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 James Collins.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 172kDN-SC-94-00026. Naval Station Norfolk, October 2 1993, a starboard bow view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) moored at the destroyer and submarine piers. She has just returned from her first Mediterranean deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret).Robert M. Cieri
Burke 189kDN-SC-94-00536. Atlantic Ocean, October 14 1993, sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), as a large harbor tug escorts her toward Port Everglades, Florida. U.S. Navy photo by OS2 John Bouvia.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 175kDN-SC-94-00531. Port Everglades, October 14 1993, a starboard beam view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) moored at a pier at Port Everglades, Florida. U.S. Navy photo by OS2 John Bouvia.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 220kDN-SC-95-01273. Atlantic Ocean, July 22 1994, a view from the fos'cle looking aft, at bridge structure of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). In the foreground is the Mark 45 five inch/54 caliber general purpose (GP) gun mount. Behind the gun is the Mark 41 vertical launch system (VLS) 32-cell missile launcher. Mounted on the front of the bridge is a 20mm Mark 15 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) and on either side of the bridge is the SPY-ID radar fixed antenna arrays. U.S. Navy photo by Richard L. Oasen.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 86kNS027356, Official US Navy photograph of USS George Washington (CVN-73) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) during a RAS (Replenishment At Sea) operation, circa the mid-1990s, location unknown.Wendell Royce McLaughlin, Jr.
Burke 61kUSS Arleigh Burke DDG 51 in Gibraltar on 15th July 1995.© Daniel Ferro
Burke 68kBoston, MA March 18 1996.Marc Piché
Burke 204kDN-SC-97-00784. Naval Station Norfolk, April 12 1996, a port bow view of the Spruence-class destroyer USS Hayler (DD 997) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) moored on the south side of pier 24 at the Naval Station Norfolk. This is a good comparison of the differences between the two classes of destroyers. U.S. Navy photo by Don S. Montgomery, USN(Ret).Robert M. Cieri
Burke 97kThe Atlantic Ocean, May 9, 2000, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) maintains a steady course as she prepares to come alongside USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for an underway refueling. Burke is operating with the Truman Battle Group off the U.S. Atlantic coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Aaron J. Lebsack. [000509-N-9630L-503] May 9, 2000.Fred Weiss
Burke 126kDN-SD-03-12568, 001015-N-1110A-501. The guided missile destroyer USS ALEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) steams along side the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75), for refueling at sea (RS). Photo by PH1 Tina Sckerman, October 15 2000.Bill Gonyo
Burke 43kMarch 13, 2003, the guided missile Destroyer USS Arleigh Burke steams through the Mediterranean Sea. U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly.Steven A. Cardali
Burke 37kMediterranean Sea March 13 2003, an HH-60H Knighthawk assigned to the Proud Warriors of Light Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four Two (HSL-42) patrols the waters astern of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51).Fred Weiss
Burke 146k030313-N-0115R-054. The Mediterranean Sea, March 13 2003, Signalman 1st Class Christopher Holcombe from Chesapeake, Va. uses a signal light to communicate with the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) from the signal bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS Deyo (DD 989). Deyo is currently deployed to the Mediterranean Sea conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly.Bill Gonyo
Burke 112kThe guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke DDG-51 conducts underway operations in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy photo by Chief Journalist Mate Alan J. Baribeau. March 29, 2003.Steven A. Cardali
Burke 46k030611-N-0000C-001, Naval Station Norfolk, VA, June 11 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) returns to her homeport of Norfolk, Va., after a five-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, Arleigh Burke fired 26 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at targets in Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Journalist Kevin Copeland.Tony Cowart
Burke 93kThe guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) (right) leads the way during divisional tactics training along with the guided missile destroyers USS McFaul (DDG 74), USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Cole (DDG 67), and the guided missile cruisers USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and USS Anzio (CG 68) in the Atlantic Ocean, on March 5 2005. The destroyers and cruisers are assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12. DoD photo by Lt. j.g. Caleb Swigart, U.S. Navy, ID# 050305-N-41585-001.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 48k050606-N-0000C-002, Faslane, Scotland, June 6 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) departs Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland. Arleigh Burke participated in the Joint Maritime Course, a multinational NATO exercise being conducted off the coast of Scotland. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Dave Cullen.Tony Cowart
Burke 50k050606-N-0000C-001, Faslane, Scotland, June 6 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) departs Clyde Naval Base in Faslane, Scotland. Arleigh Burke participated in the Joint Maritime Course, a multinational NATO exercise being conducted off the coast of Scotland. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Dave Cullen.Tony Cowart
Burke 34k060507-N-4867S-036, Norfolk, VA, May 7 2006, a line handler stands on the pier waiting to help moor the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) after a six-month deployment. Burke deployed in support of the global war on terrorism, where they conducted Maritime Security Operations (MSO) for U.S. 5th Fleet and Theater Security Cooperation for U.S. 6th Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Ola K. Sanders.Tony Cowart
Burke 101kNorfolk, VA, September 12 2006, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) moored pier side in Naval Station Norfolk undergoing a maintenance period. Copyright by terms of Creative Commons. Photo provided by T.M. Wolf.Bill Gonyo
Burke 106k070709-N-9640H-053. Norfolk, Va., July 9 2007, family members wave goodbye to Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as she gets underway. USS Arleigh Burke deployed as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group. Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Naval Station Norfolk, July 7. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriela Hurtado. Robert M. Cieri
Burke 130k070709-N-9640H-076. Norfolk, Va., July 9 2007, tug boats escort USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) as the ship gets underway July 9. USS Arleigh Burke deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group along with the guided missile destroyers USS Stout (DDG 55), USS J.E. Williams (DDG 95) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98). The guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), homeported in Mayport, Fla., and the nuclear-powered submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690), homeported in Groton, Conn., are also part of the strike group. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Naval Station Norfolk Saturday, July 7. U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriela Hurtado.Bill Gonyo
Burke 182k070727-N-0780F-002. Souda Bay, Crete, July 27 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) is met by Greek tugs as it arrives in Souda Harbor for a routine port call. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 120k070807-N-8132M-094. Indian Ocean. August 7 2007, a Sailor fires a 25mm chain gun during a gun qualifications and small craft action team (SCAT) training exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). The Arleigh Burke is underway on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiona M. Mckissack.Bill Gonyo
Burke 156k070813-N-8132M-019. Indian Ocean, August 13 2007, a SH-60B Seahawk lands on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) during flight operations. Arleigh Burke is underway on a schedule six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiona Mckissack.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 125k070813-N-8132M-095. Indian Ocean, August 13 2007, Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Stoney Rivera signals to the pilot of the SH-60B Seahawk to take off during flight operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Arleigh Burke is underway on a schedule six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kiona Mckissack. Robert M. Cieri
Burke 182k071105-N-1831S-054. Indian Ocean, November 5 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) comes along side the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS). Both ships are on deployment in support of maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ash Severe.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 93kUSS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) and USS Mahan (DDG-72) in Norfolk, April 27 2008.Larry Backus
Burke 85kAs above.Larry Backus
Burke 138kJune 2010, a stern view of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) in floating dry dock AFDB-3.Bill Gonyo
Burke 109kThe Royal Netherlands Navy frigate HNLMS De Ruyter (F804) is moored alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), at Faslane, Scotland, on 2 October 2011. Arleigh Burke is deployed to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 2011-2. Joint Warrior serves as a certifying event for ships deploying with coalition forces in future operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman. Image # 111002-N-FI736-010.Robert Hurst
Burke 147k111026-N-FI736-049. Atlantic Ocean, October 31 2011, Fire Controlman 1st Class Jason Parkhill teaches Operations Specialist Second Class Carl Young the weapon conditions of an M-16rifle during a live fire exercise aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Arleigh Burke is continuing its independent deployer certifications after completing Exercise Joint Warrior 2011-2. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman.Bill Gonyo
Burke 183kAt Palma de Mallorca, Spain on February 11 2012.Jose Antonio Rodriguez Carreño
Burke 125k120217-N-MO201-024. Souda Bay, Greece, February 17 2012, the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrives for a scheduled port call. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 100k131126-N-AP176-033. Atlantic Ocean, November 26 2013, waves crash over the bow of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) during a simulated straits transit exercise. Arleigh Burke is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Atherton.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 136k131126-N-AP176-054. Atlantic Ocean, November 26 2013, sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) look on during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command Fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201). Arleigh Burke is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation with the George H.W. Bush Strike Group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the Navy's maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Atherton.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 188k131202-N-AP176-059. Atlantic Ocean, December 2 2013, a round is fired from the MK45 5-inch lightweight gun during a live-fire exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Arleigh Burke is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the Navy's maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Atherton.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 138k131214-N-AP176-119. Atlantic Ocean, December 14 2013, Boatswain's Mate 2nd class Joshua Husic guides an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Tridents of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 9 onto the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Arleigh Burke is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the Navy's maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Atherton.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 105k140220-N-EI510-385. Atlantic Ocean, February 19 2014, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) leads the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) while underway. Philippine Sea, Arleigh Burke and Roosevelt are deployed as part of the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Ba.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 160k140222-N-WD757-027. Atlantic Ocean, February 22 2014, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Darin Kent signals an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter to land on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Arleigh Burke is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 94k140317-N-WD757-182. Mediterranean Sea, March 17 2014, an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Grandmasters of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 prepares to land on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). Arleigh Burke is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 180k140327-N-WD757-212. Gulf of Oman, March 27 2014, the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) fires its Mk 45 5-inch gun during a live-fire exercise. Arleigh Burke is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.Ron Reeves
Burke 112k140328-N-WD757-015. Gulf of Oman, March 28 2014, Ensign Casey Strouse, from Kalkaska, Mich., monitors ship traffic on the bridge aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz. Arleigh Burke is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 117k140328-N-WD757-095. Gulf of Oman, March 28 2014, Cmdr. Camille Flaherty, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), left, and Ensign Casey Strouse, from Kalkaska, Mich., monitor the ship's movement on the bridge aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz. Arleigh Burke is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 146k140402-N-WD757-052. Manama, Bahrain, April 2 2014, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Charmanda Ward, from Chicago, right, and Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Brooke Miller, from Canandaigua, N.Y., remove mooring lines from the pier as the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) prepares to get underway. Arleigh Burke is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.Robert M. Cieri
Burke 15kShips patch.Steven A. Cardali
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USS ARLEIGH BURKE DDG-51 History
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This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Gabe Morgan Jr.    Jul 4 1991 - Dec 18 1992 (Later VADM)
CDR Lyal Barclay Davidson    Dec 18 1992 - Oct 27 1994
CDR Jeffrey Francis Weppler    Oct 27 1994 - Aug 7 1996
CDR Mark Edward Kosnik    Aug 7 1996 - Apr 3 1998
CDR Nevin Palmer Carr Jr.    Apr 3 1998 - Oct 15 1999 (Later RADM)
CDR Alan Eugene Eschbach    Oct 15 1999 - Mar 2 2001
CDR Robin Ladd Russell    Mar 2 2001 - Aug 9 2002
CDR William Claiborne Harris    Aug 9 2002 - Mar 5 2004
CDR Charles Lionel Stuppard    Mar 5 2004 - Mar 26 2006
CDR Esther Jewel McClure    Mar 26 2006 - May 21 2007
LCDR Allen Lee Hobbs    May 21 2007 - May 22 2007 (Acting)
CDR Daniel Edward Voth    May 22 2007 - Nov 7 2008
CDR Brian Christopher Moum    Nov 7 2008 - May 7 2010
CDR Corey Jason Keniston    May 7 2010 - Apr 2 2012
CDR Thomas Patrick Moninger    Apr 2 2012 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Arleigh Burke website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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