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USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG-54)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NCDW

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 March 12 1991.
Launched May 16 1992 and commissioned March 19 1994.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Forward Deployed At Yokosuka Japan.

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Wilbur 52kOn March 19, 1924, Curtis D. Wilbur was sworn in as Secretary of the Navy after being nominated to the position by President Calvin Coolidge. The first appointee of Coolidge, Wilbur came into the position with a reputation as a man of high intellect and a character of "unimpeachable integrity." Curtis Wilbur immediately went to work. He worked with Congress for the proper funds to build and maintain an operational Fleet. He also emphasized the importance of naval education, argued for new cruisers, instituted aviation courses at Annapolis, backed the development of the air-cooled engine and repeatedly spoke out on world-wide threats. By the end of his term, Curtis Wilbur had achieved success in enlarging and modernizing the fleet, and had established a naval air force which would grow to become a overwhelming force in World War II. When Herbert Hoover became president in 1929, he appointed Curtis Wilbur to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He served with distinction as the presiding judge until his retirement in 1945. Following retirement, he spent quality time with his wife, Olive Doolittle, and his three children: Edna, Paul, and Lyman Dwight. The Honorable Curtis D. Wilbur passed away in 1954.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 49kArtist's conception of the Wilbur 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
Wilbur 149kUSS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 70kUndated, location unknown.-
Wilbur 161kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Wilbur 79kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Wilbur 75kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Wilbur 47kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Wilbur 30kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Wilbur 68kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Wilbur 153kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Wilbur 116kThe Christening Ceremony for the Curtis Wilbur DDG-54 at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. Bath Iron Works Photo.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 118kThe USS Curtis Wilbur DDG-54 at the Bath Iron Works Portland, ME Drydock, August 6, 1993.Steven A. Cardali
Wilbur 64kPrior to commissioning at Portland, ME September 5 1993.Marc Piché
Wilbur 115kUSS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) underway off New England during builders sea trials on 1 January 1994. Photographer: Debbie Houston, Bath Iron Works. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command.Robert Hurst
Wilbur 88kThe Commissioning Program. The event took place at Long Beach, CA on 19 March 1994.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 81kNaval Station San Diego, June 1995.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 51kNaval Station San Diego, June 1995.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 44kSingapore May 4 1997.Marc Piché
Wilbur 57kFremantle, Australia April 16 1997.Marc Piché
Wilbur 130kFremantle, Australia 1997.Graeme D Fuller
Wilbur 118kFremantle, Australia 1997.Graeme D Fuller
Wilbur 118kThe destroyer USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG-54), underway during fleet operations in the Eastern Pacific September 30 1997.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 75kUSS Curtis Wilbur DDG-54 patrols the waters of the Arabian Gulf as part of Carrier Task Force Five Zero (CTF-50) Curtis Wilbur is currently operating with the USS Constellation CV-64 in support of Operation Southern Watch July 9, 1999.Steven A. Cardali
Wilbur 40kAs above.Steven A. Cardali
Wilbur 97kThe Philippine Sea, Aug 23 1999, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) takes fuel from USNS Rappahannock (TAO 204) during an underway replenishment (UNREP) in the Philippine Sea. Both ships are returning to Yokosuka, Japan, where they are forward-deployed, after a six -month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Mahlon K. Miller. [990823-N-0226M-004] Aug. 23, 1999.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 253k001026-N-8726C-003. Republic of Korea, October 26 2000, Lieutenant David Johnson stands Tactical Action Officer (TAO) watch in the combat direction center (CDC) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), in support of Exercise Foal Eagle 2000, the largest field training drill conducted annually in South Korea. It was held from 25 October to 3 November. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 John Collins.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 79kAboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) Oct. 29, 2001, Mark 45, 5 inch, 54-caliber forward gun mount performs a Pre-Aimed and Calibrate (PAC Fire) exercise aboard the guided missile destroyer. U.S. Navy photo.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 133kAt sea with USS Kitty Hawk, Nov. 11, 2001 after receiving fuel and supplies during an underway replenishment (UNREP) with the fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1), the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) makes her way back into position within the Kitty Hawk battle group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John E. Woods. [011111-N-9849W-004] Nov. 11, 2001.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 97kAt sea with USS Curtis Wilbur, Nov. 18, 2001 as a new day begins, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) cuts a wake through the calm sea as she takes up station. On the horizon is the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Ted Banks. [011118-N-3236B-001] Nov. 18, 2001.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 83kAt sea with USS Curtis Wilbur, Dec 1 2001, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) makes a hard turn to starboard to return to her position in the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Battle Group. The destroyer had just completed an underway replenishment. Kitty Hawk and her battle group are supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John E. Woods. [011201-N-9849W-008] Dec. 1, 2001.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 118kAt sea with the USS Kitty Hawk battle group, December 18 2001, an SH-60E Seahawk helicopter prepares to lift a netted pallet of stores on the fantail of the underway replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193), as the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) comes alongside. Underway replenishment oilers are operated by the Military Sealift Command. The Kitty Hawk battle group is returning home following a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class LaTunya Howard. [011218-N-0659H-001] Dec. 18, 2001.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 73kAt sea with USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) November 1 2002, the guided missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur breaks away after completing a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom.Fred Weiss
Wilbur 55kUSS Curtis Wilbur during Operation Keen Sword 2003 off the southern coast of Japan. November 2002.Steven A. Cardali
Wilbur 50kUSS Curtis Wilbur during Operation Keen Sword 2003 off the southern coast of Japan. November 2002.Steven A. Cardali
Wilbur 54k030421-N-3241H-014, Pacific Ocean, April 21 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) sails in the open waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Curtis Wilbur is part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group participating in the military training exercise TANDEM THRUST 03 in the Marianas Island training area. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dustin Howell.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 59k040302-N-5781F-001, Pacific Ocean, March 2 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) underway after completing an underway replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Bo J. Flannigan.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 141k040722-N-8796S-020. Aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) July 22, 2004, Seaman Edwin Laureano stands helmsman watch and executes rudder orders during sea and anchor detail aboard the Yokosuka based Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Curtis Wilbur is currently deployed in the 7th fleet area of responsibility undergoing testing and qualification by Afloat Training Group (ATG) and Commander, Destroyer Squadron fifteen, during the ships Mid-Cycle assessment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Timothy Smith.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 48k040728-N-8796S-052, Da Nang, Vietnam, July 28 2004, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) enters the Vietnamese port of Da Nang, Vietnam. Curtis Wilbur is visiting for a scheduled port visit, and is the second U.S. Navy ship to visit Vietnam and the first to visit Da Nang since 1973. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Timothy Smith.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 42k040728-N-8796S-093, Da Nang, Vietnam, July 28 2004, Vietnamese military officials watch as USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) prepares to moor in the Vietnamese port of Da Nang. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Timothy Smith.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 153k040728-N-8796S-117. DaNang, Vietnam, July 28 2004, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) Commanding Officer, Cdr. John T. Lauer III, greets members of the Vietnamese Navy upon arrival in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is on scheduled port visit, and is the second U.S. Navy ship to visit Vietnam and the first to visit Da Nang since 1973. These visits symbolize the continuation of normalized relations between the United States and Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Timothy Smith.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 101kDN-SD-05-03112, 040806-N-5821P-020. Starboard view of the US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54) sails alongside a Military Sealift Command (MSC) oiler during replenishment at sea (RAS) evolution during SUMMER PULSE 2004. SUMMER PULSE 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft strike groups (CSG), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other US, allied, and coalition military forces. Photo by PH3 Jason Poplin, August 6 2004.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 31kGunner's Mate 3rd Class Arthur Bilbey stacking 5"/54 Mark 45 ammunition aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) in January 2005. U.S. Navy Photograph No. 050111-N-9851B-010.Robert Hurst
Wilbur 67k050110-N-9851B-056. Yokosuka, Japan, January 10 2005, sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) stabilize a crate containing a Tomahawk cruise missile as it is being lifted by a crane and transported to barges during the off-loading of ammunition in preparation for an upcoming Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 51k050404-N-9851B-014, Yokosuka, Japan, April 5 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) pulls away from Pier Eleven on board her forward deployed operating base, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 87kAboard USS Curtis Wilbur, At sea, April 13 2005, a USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) Sailor plots information on a chart on the ship's bridge during Tailored Ship Training Availability (TSTA) Phase 1 evolutions April 13. The TSTA training cycle addresses training needs and helps ships get ready to deploy.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 69k050701-N-9851B-013, Vladivostok, Russia, July 1 2005, U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) heave lines as they moor the ship to a pier in Vladivostok, Russia. Wilbur, along with the mine warfare ships USS Patriot (MCM 7) and USS Guardian (MCM 5), visited Vladivostok to celebrate the 145th anniversary celebration of the city, U.S. Independence Day on the Fourth of July, and to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony for Russian Sailors who sacrificed their lives during World War II. Curtis Wilbur is currently on a routine scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
scar Wilbur 202k050701-N-9851B-020. Vladivostok, Russia, July 1 2005, Commanding Officer, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), Cmdr. John T. Lauer III, is presented with bread during a "Bread and Salt" ceremony, a traditional Russian welcoming of an arriving ship, beginning Curtis Wilbur’s visit to Vladivostok, Russia. Wilbur, along with the mine warfare ships USS Patriot (MCM 7) and USS Guardian (MCM 5), visited Vladivostok to celebrate the 145th anniversary celebration of the city, U.S. Independence Day on the Fourth of July, and to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony for Russian Sailors who scarified their lives during World War II. Curtis Wilbur is currently on a routine scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 42k050805-N-6106R-013, Pacific Ocean, August 5 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) underway in the Pacific Ocean. Curtis Wilbur is assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, underway in the 7th Fleet area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen W. Rowe.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 55k050805-N-9389D-012, Pacific Ocean, August 5, 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the guided missile frigate USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) underway in formation in the Western Pacific Ocean. The three ships are part of the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Benjamin Dennis.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 125kPacific Ocean, August. 8 2005, Ensign Morgan Correll, from Fayetteville, Ark., and Ensign Ryan Thowson, from Prescott, Ariz., man the conn aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during division tactical ship maneuvering as part of Joint Air Sea Exercise (JASEX) 05. Naval forces joined with Air Force, and Marine Corps units to test their interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign John Fitzpatrick.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 69k050813-N-8492C-230, Pacific Ocean, August 13 2005, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) underway during a formation exercise with Destroyer Squadron Fifteen. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is participating in the 3rd annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps in the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Todd P. Cichonowicz.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 34k050827-N-6106R-064, Pacific Ocean, August 27 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) steams through heavy seas preparing to participate in a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Stephen W. Rowe.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 147kSeptember 14, 2005, Cmdr. John T. Lauer, III, commanding officer of USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and host ship Commanding Officer of PLA Navy QINGDAO (DDG 113), Cdr. Zhou Bu Xin exchanged each other's ball caps during a tour on QINGDAO while in port Qingdao, People's Republic of China. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j. g. Jessica Gandy.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 124k051005-N-3622P-005. 5 October 2005, an aerial view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) at its pier at Naval Station Everett, Washington. Along with her are USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) (left), USS Ford (FFG 54) (right) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) (right rear). U.S. Navy Photo by PH2 Chris Perkins.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 154k051215-N-9851B-010, Yokosuka, Japan, December 15 2005, Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. John T. Lauer III (right) exchanges a salute with Prospective Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Brian P. O'Donnell (left) signifying the passage of command during their change of command ceremony on the fantail, while the ship is in port at forward deployed operating base Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by PH2 John L. Beeman.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 53k060112-N-2385R-152, Pacific Ocean, January 12 2006, sailors launch a "killer tomato" prior to executing a live fire exercise aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). A "killer tomato" is a large orange balloon used as a target during live fire targeting exercises. Wilbur is conducting a regularly scheduled underway period in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 51k060112-N-2385R-194, Pacific Ocean, January 12 2006, a Sailor fires a MK-38 25mm machine gun at a "killer tomato", during a live fire exercise aboard guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Wilbur is conducting a regularly scheduled underway period in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 155k060112-N-2385R-133. Yokosuka, Japan, January 12 2006, Lt. j.g. Jason Blackmon and Quartermaster Seaman Jon Smith observe the training being held by Quartermaster 2nd Class Rachael H. Hairston as she updates the navigation charts on the bridge aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Wilbur is underway conducting routine training. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 42k060419-N-8591H-173 Pacific Ocean, April 19 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) transits the western Pacific Ocean during a regularly scheduled underway period. Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron One Five (DESRON-15) operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jarod Hodge.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 40k060419-N-8591H-230, Pacific Ocean, April 19 2006, a SH-60F Seahawk helicopter assigned to "Chargers" of Helicopter Anti-submarine Warfare Squadron One Four (HS-14) prepares to land on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron One Five (DESRON-15) operating out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Jarod Hodge.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 27k060504-N-4953E-011, Atlantic Ocean, May 4 2006, Visit, Board, Search and Seizure teams (VBSS) assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) return aboard ship after performing a drill aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63). Currently, Stethem and Wilbur are participating in Multi-Sail 2006 assigned to Destroyer Squadron One Five (DESRON-15). U.S. Navy photo by Ens. Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 41k060506-N-4953E-002, Yokosuka, Japan, May 4 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), left, guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) participate in Divisional Tactics (DIVTACs), a maneuvering exercise where ships execute various formations in close proximity to each other. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 45k060504-N-4953E-007, Yokosuka, Japan, May 4 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) prepares to tow the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a towing exercise (TOWEX), an exercise that allows a ship to use a rare complex procedure for towing ships that are in need of assistance. Wilbur and Stethem are participating in Multi-Sail 2006 assigned to Destroyer Squadron One Five (DESRON-15). Multi-Sail is an exercise that allows ships in the Forward Deployed Naval Force to maximize their combat readiness level by participating in maneuvering exercises between ships and allows them to operate in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 67k060504-N-4953E-010, Yokosuka, Japan, May 4 2006, boatswain's mates heave lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) prepares to tow the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a towing exercise (TOWEX), an exercise that allows a ship to use a rare complex procedure for towing ships that are in need of assistance. Wilbur and Stethem are participating in Multi-Sail 2006 assigned to Destroyer Squadron One Five (DESRON-15). Multi-Sail is an exercise that allows ships in the Forward Deployed Naval Force to maximize their combat readiness level by participating in maneuvering exercises between ships and allows them to operate in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 49k060504-N-4953E-008, Yokosuka, Japan, May 4 2006, boatswain's mates heave lines as the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) prepares to tow the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a towing exercise (TOWEX), an exercise that allows a ship to use a rare complex procedure for towing ships that are in need of assistance.Wilbur and Stethem are participating in Multi-Sail 2006 assigned to Destroyer Squadron One Five (DESRON-15). Multi-Sail is an exercise that allows ships in the Forward Deployed Naval Force to maximize their combat readiness level by participating in maneuvering exercises between ships and allows them to operate in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 54k060504-N-4953E-027, Pacific Ocean, May 4 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) tows the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) during a towing exercise (TOWEX). Wilbur and Stethem are participating in Multi-Sail 2006. Multi-Sail is an exercise that allows ships in the Forward Deployed Naval Force to maximize their combat readiness level by participating in maneuvering exercises between ships and allows them to operate in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 33k060504-N-4953E-031, Pacific Ocean, May 4 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) tows the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) during a towing exercise (TOWEX). Wilbur and Stethem are participating in Multi-Sail 2006. Multi-Sail is an exercise that allows ships in the Forward Deployed Naval Force to maximize their combat readiness level by participating in maneuvering exercises between ships and allows them to operate in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 51k060504-N-4953E-023, Pacific Ocean, May 4 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) tows the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) during a towing exercise (TOWEX). Wilbur and Stethem are participating in Multi-Sail 2006. Multi-Sail is an exercise that allows ships in the Forward Deployed Naval Force to maximize their combat readiness level by participating in maneuvering exercises between ships and allows them to operate in a multi-ship environment. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 43k060726-N-2716P-006, Yokosuka, Japan. July 26 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) returns to U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan after an ammunition offload evolution. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul J. Phelps.Tony Cowart
Wilbur 98k070123-N-6106R-054. January 23 2007, the tugs Opelika YTB 798 & Massapeqa YTB 807 guide destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) away from the pier at: Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Curtis Wilbur will be operating off the coast of Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 128k070319-N-5253W-002. Yokosuka, March 19 2007, sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) as the ship pulls away from forward-deployed operating base Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gabriel S. Weber.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 77k070518-N-1251W-002. Shimoda, Japan, May 18 2007, USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) is shown in full dress during the 68th annual Shimoda Black Ship Festival. The festival celebrates the anniversary of Commodore Matthew Perry's 1854 landing at Shimoda, the signing of the Japan-American Treaty of Trade and Amity, and the opening of the port to the Western World. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew R. White.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 133k070611-N-1251W-001. Yokosuka, June 11 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) is escorted to sea by the large harbor tug Kittanning (YTB 787) from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Curtis Wilbur is under way for a prospective commanding officer operation with Cmdr. Ted A. Zobel. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 138k070612-N-5253W-002. Yokosuka, June 12 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) emerges from the haze as she returns to the forward-deployed operating base Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, following a scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gabriel S. Weber.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 214k070619-N-0696M-391. Yokosuka, Japan, June 19 2007, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen departs USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) after holding an all-hands call with Sailors on the fantail of the guided-missile destroyer during a visit to U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Mullen is on a seven-day trip to Japan and Vietnam to visit with counterparts and Sailors stationed in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 174k070619-N-0696M-015. Yokosuka, Japan, June 19 2007, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen greets commanding officers and command master chiefs aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during an visit to U.S. Fleet Activities, Yokosuka. Mullen is on a seven-day trip to Japan and Vietnam to visit with counterparts and with Sailors stationed in the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 98kManistee (YTB-782) assists the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) as she pulls into the forward deployed operating base, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), 10 July 2007. US Navy photo # 070710-N-0483B-001 YOKOSUKA, Japan (July 10, 2007) by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari R. Bergman, from the Navy Newsstand.Chet Morris
Wilbur 83k070710-N-9520G-002. Yokosuka, Japan, July 10 2007, line handlers heave on the mooring line as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) returns to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, after completing a scheduled under way. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 72kJanuary 8 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) rests in dry dock at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 8, 2008. The ship, which is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Fifteen, is currently undergoing a regularly scheduled maintenance availability. The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) is in the background. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber, ID# VIRIN: 080108-N-5253W-001.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 121kYokosuka, Japan, February 19 2008. Crewmembers assigned to the Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) pose for a command photo under the ship's screws as the command wraps up a dry dock selective restricted availability. USN photo ny Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio. 080219-N-9520G-001.USN
Wilbur 225k080220-N-9520G-001. The guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) prepares to leave drydock after wrapping up a drydock selective restricted availability in Commander Fleet Activity Yokosuka, Japan, Feb. 20, 2008. Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio.Bill Gonyo
Wilbur 127k080329-N-6621K-017. Pacific Ocean, March 29 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducts a test-firing of the 5-inch gun system. The ship received a complete grooming of the system during a three-month dry-dock selective restrictive availability (DSRA). U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Stephanie Krueger.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 56k080420-N-1251W-002. Pacific Ocean, April 20 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) steams toward the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) (not pictured) for a replenishment at sea. Curtis Wilbur is conducting routine operations with the Kitty Hawk Strike Group and is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 153k080508-N-1038M-081. Philippine Sea, May 8 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) moves behind the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to act as plane guard. The plane guard, usually a frigate or destroyer, would recover aircrew from crashed a plane or helicopter. Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are on a spring deployment -- the ship's last before being replaced by USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Anthony R. Martinez.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 138k081109-N-3215T-002. Fukuoka, Japan, November 9 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) passes by Fukuoka city as the ship departs Hakata Harbor. Wilbur was in Fukuoka for a scheduled port visit where the crew engaged in goodwill activities with the community. Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brock A. Taylor.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 227k091109-N-1644H-085. Pacific Ocean, November 9 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) approaches the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), as she prepares for a replenishment at sea (RAS). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John M. Hageman.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 176k091109-N-1644H-149. Pacific Ocean, November 9 2009, Quartermaster 3rd Class Alexander Davis, aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), uses semaphore to signal to the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) while maneuvering alongside for a replenishment at sea (RAS). George Washington is underway supporting security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class John M. Hageman.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 184k091117-N-1644H-511. Pacific Ocean, November 17 2009, the guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Lassen (DDG 82) are underway in the Pacific Ocean. Ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX 21G), a bilateral exercise designed to enhance the capabilities of both naval forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John M. Hageman.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 131k100128-N-5019M-001. Yokosuka, Japan, January 28 2010, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Brian Ly, from Roswell, N.M., performs preventative maintenance on a Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) mount aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and operates from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mike R. Mulcare.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 105k100128-N-5019M-002. Yokosuka, Japan, January 28 2010, Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class Colton Richart, from Bloomsburg, Pa., fixes a pipe aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and operates from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mike R. Mulcare.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 128k110324-N-8288P-467. Pacific Ocean, March 24 2011, the Military Sealift Command auxiliary dry cargo ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) pulls alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a replenishment at sea. The humanitarian aid supplies will be delivered to Sendai, Japan, in support of Operation Tomodachi. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Pittman.Gary Priolo
Wilbur 141k110822-N-IO627-071. South China Sea, August 22 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires her MK 45 5-inch .54-caliber lightweight gun at an aerial target while under way, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2011. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 135k120201-N-TY543-009. Philippine Sea, February 1 2012, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) waits for a passenger transfer during sunrise. Curtis Wilbur is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Jimmy Stokes, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 136kUSS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) transits the East China Sea in 2013. US Navy Photo.Tommy Trampp
Wilbur 148k140211-N-BX824-054. Pacific Ocean, February 11 2014, a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) prepares to pull alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). Curtis Wilbur and John S. McCain are on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman.Robert M. Cieri
Wilbur 112k140323-N-NE138-349. Waters near Guam, March 22 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) during a missile firing exercise. Curtis Wilburn is participating in Multi-Sail 2014, an annual exercise in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kristopher G. Horton.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 126kAs above.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 131kVietnamese military officials watch as USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) prepares to moor in the Vietnamese port of Da Nang. US Navy Photo./TD>Tommy Trampp
Wilbur 118kUSS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, 18 June 2016, in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg (# 160618-N-DA693-261). Steaming behind the carriers are three Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, left to right: USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), USS Shiloh (CG-67), and USS Chancellorsville (CG-62). Steaming in the background are three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, believed to be, left to right: USS McCampbell (DDG-85), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), and USS Benfold (DDG-65).Ron Reeves
Wilbur 174k160626-N-GP548-122, Philippine Sea, June 26 2016, Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 1st Class Justin Wright,from Linden, Calif., mans a rescue hoist as his helicopter flies past the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a combat search and rescue training evolution aboard an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HCS) 12. HSC- 12 is embarked aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elijah G. Leinaar.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 158k160627-N-YB832-091. Philippine Sea, June 27 2016, Boatswain's Mate Seaman Precious Aumua acts as a safety as Boatswain's Mate Seaman Chasity Culton extends a hook toward a SA-33J Puma helicopter on the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9). Curtis Wilbur is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 79k160906-N-YB832-095. Philippine Sea, September 6 2016, Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Rosben Constant directs a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12, from the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) after a refueling. Curtis Wilbur is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 194k160915-N-WF272-343. Philippine Sea, September 15 2016, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) steams alongside amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during a fueling at sea (FAS). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Philippine Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 182k160915-N-JS726-126. Philippine Sea, September 15 2016, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) heave in a line during a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Philippine Sea to support security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Holmes.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 139kThe Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) steams alongside USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) prior to a fueling at sea (FAS). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Philippine Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. US Navy Photo # 160915-N-NB544-200 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 15, 2016) by MC2 Kyle Carlstrom.Lee Wahler
Wilbur 133k160917-N-TH560-249. Philippine Sea, September 17 2016, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) patrols the Philippine Sea in support of Valiant Shield 2016 (VS16). VS16 is a biennial, U.S.-only, field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Philippine Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 137k160922-N-WF272-057. Philippine Sea, September 22 2016, The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) and USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) conduct refuelling alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) (not seen) during a replenishment at sea (RAS). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, is operating in the Philippine Sea in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. US Navy photo by MC2 Diana Quinlan.Lee Wahler
Wilbur 162k160923-N-NT265-419. Philippine Sea, September 23 2016. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) lead a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five and Expeditionary Strike Group Seven ships including, USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Germantown (LSD 42), USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), as wells as USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) during a photo exercise to signify the completion of Valiant Shield 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training among U.S. forces. This is the sixth exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christian Senyk.Ron Reeves
Wilbur 35kShips patch.Steven A. Cardali
Wilbur 42kShips patch.Mike Smolinski

USS CURTIS WILBUR DDG-54 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 Robert Sheldon Riche    Mar 19 1994 - Oct 23 1995
CDR John Edward Carey    Oct 23 2995 - Nov 1995
LCDR Peter Aguon Gumataotao    Nov 1995 - Dec 7 1995 (Acting) (Later RADM)
CDR Christopher Thayer Nichols    Dec 7 1995 - Aug 1 1997
CDR Michael Jeffery Fischer    Aug 1 1997 - Jan 11 1999
CDR Edward Joseph Quinn    Jan 11 1999 - Sep 19 2000
CDR Donald Patterson Roane Jr.    Sep 19 2000 - May 10 2002
CDR Alan John Abramson    May 10 2002 - Mar 19 2004
CDR John Toner Lauer III    Mar 19 2004 - Dec 15 2005
CDR Brian Patrick O'Donnell    Dec 15 2005 - Jun 15 2007
CDR Theodore Alexander Zobel    Jun 15 2007 - Dec 12 2008
CDR Paul Herbert Hogue Jr.    Dec 12 2008 - Oct 20 2010
CDR Christopher T. Monroe    Oct 20 2010 - Apr 20 2012
CDR Joseph Dominic Femino    Apr 20 2012 - Dec 9 2013
CDR Hans D. De For    Dec 9 2013 - Sep 1 2015
CDR Amy E. Graham    Sep 1 2015 - Jan 7 2017 
CDR Simon Charles McKeon    Jan 7 2017 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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