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USS FITZGERALD (DDG-62)


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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 February 9 1993.
Launched January 29 1994 and commissioned October 14 1995.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Homeported at Yokosuka, Japan.

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Fitzgerald 140kUSS FITZGERALD is named in honor of Lieutenant William Charles Fitzgerald, USN, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism on 7 August 1967 in Vietnam. At about 0300 on 7 August 1967, Costal Group Sixteen's compound came under vicious attack by two Viet Cong battalions. The assault began with an intense mortar barrage followed immediately by the advance of troops. Fitzgerald, the senior American commander, immediately ordered a retreat of the civilians within the compound. Because of the compound's location adjacent to a river and the aggressors position, the only escape route was via water in small boats. Lieutenant Fitzgerald and three others delayed their retreat as long as possible in order to provide covering fire and to direct fire from surrounding friendly forces. Many calls were made to orbiting gunship aircraft, artillery units, and "Swift"-type fasr river patrol boats to provide defensive fire. The Viet Cong attack, however was swift and well coordinated. It soon became apparent that the South Vietnamese forces were decimated and that the American bunker was the sole remaining source of resistance. As the situation deteriorated, Fitzgerald ordered his last three remaining defenders to retreat while he used arms fire to cover their escape. Fitzgerald was mortally wounded in this action. In honor of Lieutenant William C. Fitzgerald's loyal and selfless dedication to his people, he was posthumously awarded the U. S. Navy's highest decoration for valor The Navy Cross. Additionally, he was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign ribbon bar.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 49kArtist's conception of the Fitzgerald 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
Fitzgerald 183kUndated, location unknown.-
Fitzgerald 9kUndated, location unknown.© Bath Iron Works Inc.
Fitzgerald 96kThe Launching program.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 215kUSS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) underway, probably during builders sea trials in 1995. Photographer: Debbie Houston, Bath Iron Works. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106837-KN.Robert Hurst
Fitzgerald 82kThe Commissioning program.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 70kAboard USS FITZGERALD May 8, 1997, Gunner's Mate (guns) 3rd Class Shad Tucker of Killeen, Texas, lubricates the chase of a 5-inch, 54-caliber MK 45 gun mount aboard the guided missle destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) after the ship conducted firing exercises while underway in the Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Wayne Edwards.Fred Weiss
Fitzgerald 139kDN-SD-03-12157, 990218-N-1523C-002. The Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig reviews videotape of a missile launch taken during Operation DESERT FOX while on tour of the guided missile destroyer USS FITZGERALD's (DDG 62) Combat Information Center (CIC). Photo by PHCS Terry Cosgrove, February 18 1999.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 27kSan Francisco, CA October 1999.Marc Piché
Fitzgerald 35kFremantle, Australia December 12 2000.Marc Piché
Fitzgerald 34kFremantle, Australia December 12 2000.Marc Piché
Fitzgerald 68kFremantle, Australia December 12 2000.Marc Piché
Fitzgerald 96kFremantle, Australia December 17 2000.Marc Piché
Fitzgerald 100kOff Mukilteo, WA on her way to Everett, Wa. on Nov. 08, 2001.Larry Lee
Fitzgerald 61kAt sea aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) Jul. 30, 2002, sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer prepare for an underway replenishment (UNREP) while the destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) prepares to take station alongside Benfold. Both vessels are participating in Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet (FBE-J) in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy.Fred Weiss
Fitzgerald 49kA harbor tug pulls the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) away from Pier 3 at the Naval Station, San Diego. Fitzgerald is participating in Millenium Challenge 2002, one of the largest U.S. joint military training experiments. The experimental exercise will focus on finding new ways to use the equipment already available to the military. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Dawn C.Montgomery.Fred Weiss
Fitzgerald 70kThe first sunset of the year provides a beautiful backdrop for the guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Howard (DDG 83). The ships are decorated with holiday lights as they are moored in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo.Fred Weiss
Fitzgerald 112k030101-O-4633P-001, San Diego, CA January 1 2003, the first sunset of the year provides a beautiful backdrop for the destroyers USS Elliot (DD 967), USS Olendorf (DD 972), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). The ships are decorated with holiday lights as they are moored in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Geoffrey Patrick.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 119kMarch 12 3003, sailors "man the rails" aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it pulls into Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit with the Nimitz Battle Group. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Bradley Lewis.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 127kThe Guided Missile Destroyer USS Fitzgerald DDG-62 approaches the fast combat support ship USS Bridge (AOE-10) to begin a vertical replenishment. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas March 19, 2003.Steven A. Cardali
Fitzgerald 81kPacific Ocean, March 19 2003, a CH-46 Sea Knight assigned to the Gunbearers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11) transfers supplies from the fast combat support ship USS Bridge (AOE 10) to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) follows behind during vertical replenishment (VERT REP) operations. U.S. Navy photoFred Weiss
Fitzgerald 97kThe Guided Missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald transits the Straits of Hormuz while entering the Arabian Gulf region. April 6 2003.Steven A. Cardali
Fitzgerald 153k031215-N-1159B-001. Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California December 15 2003, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at Naval Weapons Station (NWS) Seal Beach, to onload ammunitions. Navy Weapons Station Seal Beach serves as the Navy's primary West Coast ordnance storage, loading and maintenance location. An average of 80 vessels visit NWS Seal Beach each year to receive and offload various weapons, ammunition, and countermeasure devices. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Brian Brannon.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 93k40930-N-8590G-001. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, September 30 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) prepares to pull into port at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Fitzgerald replaced the Spruance-class destroyer USS O’Brien (DD 975) as part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed Naval Forces to maintain international peace and security in the Far East. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Gary B. Granger Jr.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 77kHobart, Australia on April 7 2005.Glenn Tower
Fitzgerald 108kHobart, Australia on April 7 2005.Glenn Tower
Fitzgerald 103k050520-N-9851B-009. Shimoda, Japan, May 20 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) at anchor in dress ship in Shimoda Bay, honoring the 66th annual Black Ship Festival, which commemorates the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry, 150 years ago, opening Japan to the west. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 59k050623-N-5781F-279, Coral Sea, June 23 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), foreground, and the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) underway in formation in preparation to fire the ship's MK-45 5-inch lightweight guns during a ship sinking exercise. Fitzgerald and John Paul Jones are currently operating in the Coral Sea in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Bo J. Flannigan.Tony Cowart
Fitzgerald 102kOff the coast of Australia on June 24 2005 during Operation TALISMAN SABER OP with the HMAS SUCCESS.Jack Treutle
Fitzgerald 115kOff the coast of Eastern Australia, June 24 2005, a wave crashes against the hull of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) as refueling takes place with HMAS Success during Talisman Saber 2005. Official Royal Australian Navy photo.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 116k050907-N-1332Y-296. Pacific Ocean, September 7 2005, Commanding Officer, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), Cmdr. Bradley Smith and Cmdr. David Hughes, Fitzgerald's prospective commanding officer, serve pizza to the crew. This was Smith's last night as Fitzgerald's commanding officer before Hughes relieves him in a change-of-command ceremony. Fitzgerald is assigned to the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, currently forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Adam York.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 46kManistee (YTB-782) approaches Fitzgerald (DDG-62) to secure tug lines at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), 19 April 2006, as the Guided Missile Destroyer prepares to depart for a scheduled underway period. US Navy photo 060419-N-9851B-005 by PH2 John L. Beeman.Chet Morris
Fitzgerald 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
Fitzgerald 138kJune 17 2006, USS Fitzgerald’s (DDG 62) oldest Corpsman, Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/FMF) William Ryan Sr., and youngest, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Megan Harclerode, cut their birthday cake June 17 celebrating the 180th birthday of the hospital corpsman rating. Official U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Justin Biolo.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 122k060802-N-2716P-004. Yokosuka, August 2 2006, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to her forward deployed homeport of Commander, U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after a regularly scheduled under way period. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Paul J. Phelps.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 125kDN-SD-07-10238, 060814-N-2716P-006. August 14 2006, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke Class (Flight I) Guided Missile Destroyer USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) salute the National Ensign during morning colors. The FITZGERALD is forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (JPN).U.S. Navy official photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Paul J. Phelps Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 135k060814-N-2716P-028. Yokosuka, August 14 2006, sailors onboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) man the rails to say farewell to the guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) as she departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for the last time as a home-ported vessel. After nearly a decade of service to Destroyer Squadron Fifteen (DESRON 15), Vandegrift is shifting homeports to Naval Station San Diego, Calif. The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) can be seen getting underway in the background. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul J. Phelps.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 212k061015-N-MP696-179. Yokosuka, Japan, October 15 2006, on board the Arleigh Burke Class Guided-Missile Destroyer USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) children and adults from the Cub Scouts Tokyo Group No. 4 pose on the foredeck with USN Cmdr. David W. Hughes (left), Commanding Officer, and USN Lt. Cmdr. John D. Tolg (right), Executive Officer, holding up the ship's banner. The Scouts were given a guided tour of the Fitzgerald while she was in port. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Third Class David J. Hewitt.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 156k061207-N-6106R-013. December 7 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), pulls along side aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS). Kitty Hawk, operating out of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, is deployed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, on a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 195k061207-N-6106R-060. December 7 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) sails away after completing a replenishment at sea with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk is deployed off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, on a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 113k070212-N-1251W-002. February 12 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63), with the assistance of Kittanning (YTB 787) pulls alongside USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as she returns to the forward deployed operating base: Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, following a scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew R. White.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 189kINS Mysore (D 60) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) sail in unison as part of Exercise Malabar 07-01 on 09 April 2007 in the Philippine Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John L. Beeman.Robert Hurst
Fitzgerald 75k070607-N-1251W-001. Yokosuka, Japan, June 7 2007, Storekeeper 3rd Class Amanda Lewis and Yeoman Seaman Kent Smith raise the ensign on the stern of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) June 7, 2007, during morning colors. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 124k070807-N-XXXXD-002. Pacific Ocean, August 7 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) fires a surface-to-surface Harpoon missile during Valiant Shield 07. Fitzgerald is part of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, which operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. The Kitty Hawk, John C. Stennis and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups are participating in Valiant Shield 2007, the largest joint exercise in the Pacific this year. Held in the Guam operating area, the exercise includes 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Alexis M. Diazfigueroa.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 84kUSS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) participated in a bilateral Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with Great Britain’s Royal Navy Frigate HMS Monmouth (F-235) September 7 2007. The search and seizure (VBSS) team from HMS Monmouth (F-235) performs a fast-rope insertion on the flight deck of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) via Monmouth’s Merlin helicopter. U.S. Navy photo by Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Alexis M. Diaz.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 82k071103-N-2429D-187. Pacific Ocean, November 3 2007, members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Det. 15, join aviation warfare systems operators assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14 "Chargers", as they practice fast-roping exercises during a search and seizure exercise aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). Fitzgerald, part of Destroyer Squadron DESRON 15, is underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Alexis Diaz.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 96k71204-N-2638R-003. Pacific Ocean, December 4 2007, an SH-60F helicopter from the "Chargers" of Anti-Submarine Helicopter Squadron (HSL) 14 lands on the flight deck of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). Fitzgerald, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, is underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 111k080216-N-5253W-001. Pacific Ocean, February 16 2008, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) lay out belts of 25 mm ammunition for the MK-38 chain gun in preparation for a live-fire, small-craft action team (SCAT) drill while underway in the western Pacific. SCAT drills are designed to train crewmembers how to react in the event of a small-boat attack on the ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 123k080216-N-5253W-004. Pacific Ocean, February 16 2008, Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jami Kilmer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) fires dual .50-caliber machine guns during a live-fire, small-craft action team (SCAT) drill while underway in the western Pacific. SCAT drills are designed to train crewmembers how to react in the event of a small-boat attack on the ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 137k080217-N-5253W-002. Pacific Ocean, February 17 2008, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) enter a smoke-filled compartment to battle a simulated shipboard fire during an integrated training team drill. Such drills are used to train Sailors to effectively deal with various combat, medical, engineering and damage control scenarios. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 172k080222-N-4420S-590. Pacific Ocean, February 22 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Chafee (DDG 90) during exercises with several Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Scorza.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 102k080229-N-5253W-001. Yellow Sea, February 29 2008, Cmdr. Daniel Dusek, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) updates Deputy Commander of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Battle Flotilla 2 Rear Adm. Hong-Pil Chaion on the joint Foal Eagle 2008, an annual exercise involving U.S. and R.O.K. forces, in the ship's combat information center. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gabriel S. Weber.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 157k081120-N-0000X-001. Yokosuka, Japan, November 20 2008, sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald's (DDG 62) Harpoon handling team lower a Harpoon missile into its launch rack during an ammunition onload operation with Naval Munitions Command Explosive Activities Division Detachment at Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo. Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 124k090212-N-2638R-003. Yokosuka, Japan, February 12 2009, the tugboats Azuma and Shima guide the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) toward her berth at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Fitzgerald is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers that comprise Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, which serves in the western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf as part of Battle Force Seventh Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Reckard.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 218k090212-N-2638R-002. Yokosuka, Japan, February 12 2009, the tugboats Azuma and Shima guide the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) toward her berth at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Fitzgerald is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers that comprise Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, which serves in the western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf as part of Battle Force Seventh Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Reckard.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 203k090413-N-4664L-001. Yokosuka, Japan, April 13 2009, Operations Specialist 1st Class Ryan K. King reviews a navigation chart in the Combat Information Center aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). King is one of the few remaining crewmembers aboard Fitzgerald who sailed from the ship's homeport of San Diego to forward-deployment in Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign James E. Lamb.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 164kThe Canadian Navy replenishment oiler HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509) conducts an underway replenishment with the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), Pacific Ocean, on 26 May 2009. Fitzgerald is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, and is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder. Navy NewsService photo # 090526-N-9123L-094.Robert Hurst
Fitzgerald 87k091013-N-1644H-002. Pacific Ocean, October 13 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) underway in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John M. Hageman.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 120kPacific Ocean, December 4 2009, Chillicothe, Ohio native Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Paul Pittenger, left, and Salt Lake City native Boatswain's Mate Seaman Ratha Neang, right, remove chocks and chains from an SH-60B helicopter aboard the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62). Fitzgerald is deployed with ships from Destroyer Squadron 15 and ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in support of Ship's Antisubmarine Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 163, an exercise cross-training U.S. and Japanese service members in antisubmarine warfare. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 134k091228-N-9123L-001. Yokosuka, Japan, December 28 2009, guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Lassen (DDG 82) are moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka as crews from both ships enjoy a holiday stand-down. Fitzgerald and Lassen are two of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, and are permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 167k110203-N-9818V-091. Pacfific Ocean, February 3 2011, Cmdr. Dennis Velez, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), mans the helm. Fitzgerald is forward deployed to Yokosuka as part of the Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 139k110204-N-9818V-427. Otaru, Japan, February 4 2011, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Capt. Sumio Nagai, commander of Escort Division 15, meets with Cmdr. Dennis Velez, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and Cmdr. Brian Mutty, executive officer, during a port visit to Otaru, Japan. Fitzgerald is forward-deployed to Yokosuka as part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and U.S. 7th Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.Bill Gonyo
Fitzgerald 50k110209-N-WW409-148. Pacific Ocean, February 9 2011, Cmdr. Dennis Velez, right, the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and Quartermaster Seaman Brandon Joiner observe a man overboard training drill from the bridge aboard the ship while under way. Fitzgerald is deployed with Destroyer Squadron 15. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 145k110209-N-WW409-203. Pacific Ocean, February 9 2011, Ensign Carissa Guthrie, right, Navy Counselor 1st Class Marshea Taylor, center, and a fellow Sailor check the muster report on the bridge during a man overboard drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) underway. Fitzgerald is deployed with Destroyer Squadron 15. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.Robert M. Cieri
Fitzgerald 81k121025-N-ZZ999-203. Pacific Ocean, October 25 2012, a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as apart of a joint ballistic missile defense exercise.Tony Cowart
Fitzgerald 40kAs above.Tony Cowart
Fitzgerald 113k130313-N-BX824-322. WATERS TO THE EAST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA, March 13 2013, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), right, conducts tactical maneuvers with ships from the Republic of Korea Navy. Fitzgerald is part of Destroyer Squadron 15, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is currently underway to conduct exercise Foal Eagle 2013 with allied nation Republic of Korea in support of regional security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman.Ron Reeves
Fitzgerald 42kShip's patch.S. E. 'Bill' Wightman
Fitzgerald 30kShip's patch.S. E. 'Bill' Wightman
Fitzgerald 26kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes

USS FITZGERALD DDG-62 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Gary Michael Holst    Oct 14 1995 - Apr 30 1997
CDR Charles Walt Martoglio    Apr 30 1997 - Oct 23 1998 (Later RADM)
CDR James Stephen Grant    Oct 23 1998 - Apr 19 2000
CDR Alfred Collins    Apr 19 2000 - Dec 12 2001
CDR John Phillip Neagley    Dec 12 2001 - Oct 24 2003 (Later RADM)
CDR Bradley Joseph Smith    Oct 24 2003 - Sep 7 2005
CDR David Wayne Hughes    Sep 7 2005 - May 4 2007
CDR Daniel P. Dusek    May 4 2007 - Oct 31 2008
CDR Richard John Dromerhauser    Oct 31 2008 - May 18 2010
CDR Dennis Velez    May 18 2010 - Jul 26 2011
CDR Brian T. Mutty    Jul 26 2011 - Dec 17 2012
CDR Jonathan Lowe Schmitz    Dec 17 2012 - May 29 2014
CDR Christopher Stephen England    May 29 1014 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Destroyer History Foundation
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