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USS BENFOLD (DDG-65)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NECB

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 Litton - Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. on September 27 1993.
Launched November 5 1994 and commissioned March 30 1996.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Homeported at San Diego.

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Benfold 51kEdward Clyde Benfold (January 15, 1931 – September 5, 1952) was a United States Navy sailor who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War. He was killed in action, aged 21, while serving with the 1st Marine Division,as a Hospital Corpsman Third Class. Born in Staten Island, Petty Officer Benfold grew up in Haddon Heights, New Jersey and graduated from Audubon High School in Audubon, New Jersey. Petty Officer Benfold entered the service at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1949. After completion of recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he was selected for "A" school training as a Hospitalman. In July 1951, he was designated as a Medical Field Technician and was ordered to duty with the Fleet Marine Force, Ground, Pacific. He was killed in action while serving with the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines in Korea. He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery, New Jersey. His grave can be found in the distinguished service section, Grave 12. MOH Citation: “For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Hospital Corpsman, attached to a company in the First Marine Division during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on September 5, 1952. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force estimated at battalion strength, Benfold resolutely moved from position to position in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and the rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed two Marines in a large crater. As he approached the two men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw two grenades into the crater while two other enemies charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each hand, Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the onrushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, Benfold, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving thelives of his two comrades. His exceptional courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others”.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Benfold 59kA biography of Hospital Corpsman Third Class Benfold.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 49kArtist's conception of the Benfold 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
Benfold 114kUSS Benfold (DDG-65) poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin.Bill Gonyo
Benfold 161kUndated, location unknown.Carol Edgemon Hipperson author of Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor & World War II in the Pacific
Benfold 211kUndated, Ingalls Shipbuilding Company showing various United States Navy ships under construction. Pictured are (from left to right): USS Boxer (LHD-4), USS Ramage (DDG-61) and USS Benfold (DDG-65) and the Israeli guided missile corvette, Hanit (503).John Bouvia, USN (RET)
Benfold 97kThe Christening Coin.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 53kThe Christening Program for Benfold DDG-65. The event was held at Pascagoula, MS on 12 November 1994.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 222kThe Christening at Pascagoula, MS on 12 November 1994.Dale Hargrave
Benfold 229kUSS Benfold (DDG-65) in the foreground underway, probably during builder's sea trials in 1995. She is accompanied by USS Stethem (DDG-63). Note that Stethem wears a Destroyer Squadron insignia on her forward smokestack, while Benfold does not. Photograph by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106845-KN.Robert Hurst
Benfold 52kThe Official Invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony, which was held at Broadway Pier in San Diego, CA on 13 March 1996.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 78kThe Commissioning Program.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 159kThe Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires its 5 inch gun during routine training operations off the coast of Southern California on April 16, 1997. The 5 inch/54 caliber MK 45 lightweight gun provides surface combatants with accurate naval gunfire against fast, highly maneuverable surface targets, air threats and shore targets. DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Felix Garza, U.S. Navy.-
Benfold 105kThe Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65), heads in to it's homeport of San Diego, California after an extended at sea period September 30 1997.Bill Gonyo
Benfold 145kNovember 21st, 1997, on board the destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) operating in the Northern Persian Gulf. Gunner's Mate (Guns) 1st Class Joe Brown, from Arlington, Texas, mans a 25mm chain gun while on watch in the Persian Gulf. The ship is home ported in San Diego, California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Rebecca Kearns.Fred Weiss
Benfold 68kNovember 21st, 1997 in the Northern Persian Gulf, a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), makes a pass by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). The ship is home ported in San Diego, California. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Rebecca Kearns Digital Film Scan.Fred Weiss
Benfold 69kSydney, Australia January 1998.Marc Piché
Benfold 101kSydney, Australia January 1998.Marc Piché
Benfold 105kSydney, Australia January 1998.Marc Piché
Benfold 65kSan Francisco October 1998.Marc Piché
Benfold 166k010326-N-1644C-001, March 28 2001, USS Benfold (DDG-65) gets underway on deployment in the South Pacific Ocean en route to its first port of Sydney, Australia. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony C. Casullo.Bill Gonyo
Benfold 65kFremantle, Australia April 17 2001.Marc Piché
Benfold 65kFremantle, Australia April 20 2001.Marc Piché
Benfold 65kRear view picture of 5"/54 Mark 45 aboard USS Benfold (DDG-65) in July 2002. Note the framing of the Mark 45 and the canvas-covered 0.50" BMG Mount on starboard side. US Navy Photograph No. 020728-N-5067K-004.Robert Hurst
Benfold 98k020727-N-5067K-002. Pacific Ocean, July 27 2002, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Christopher D. Hunsberger prepares to chock and chain an SH-60B Seahawk from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) Four Seven (HSL 47) "Saberhawks" after it lands aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). Benfold is currently participating in "Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet" in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 61kAt sea aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) July 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
Benfold 89k020731-N-5067K-001. Pacific Ocean, July 30 2002, Ensign Nicole E. Antoun stands duty as the guided missile-destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) Combat Information Center (CIC) Watch Officer. Benfold is participating in Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet (FBE-J) in the Pacific. FBE-J is part of training exercises supporting Millennium Challenge 2002 (MC-02), the nation's premier joint integrating event, bringing together both live field exercises and computer simulations throughout the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 175k021205-N-6501M-022. Naval Station San Diego, Calif., December 5 2002, during a force protection exercise, Sailors run tests on a substance representing Anthrax which was thrown aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) by a simulated intruder on the pier. Force Protection training involves Sailors responding to various potential scenarios of intruder or terrorist activity on or near U.S. Navy ships or installations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Edward G. Martens.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 74kUSS Benfold 5"/54 MK45 gun firing in spring 2004.Steven A. Cardali
Benfold 52k040507-N-5362A-394, Pacific Ocean, May 7 2004, ships assigned to "The Golden Arrows" of Commander Destroyer Squadron Seven (COMDESRON-7), assemble in a formation off the coast of San Diego, Calif. Pictured are the guided missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65), left, USS Milius (DDG 69), center bottom, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), center top, and the guided missile frigate, USS Thach (FFG 43), right. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson.Tony Cowart
Benfold 65k040829-N-9228K-079. Pacific Ocean August 28 2004, guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) cuts through the water during her approach on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during an underway replenishment (UNREP). Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently conducting operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Michael S. Kelly.Bill Gonyo
Benfold 124k041122-N-4166B-010. Pacific Ocean, November 22 2004, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducts a Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) live fire test. Benfold and Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean. Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) is the first to be used in the Surge Role in support of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 210k041122-N-4166B-006. Pacific Ocean, November 22 2004, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducts an underway replenishment (UNREP), with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainer (T-AOE 7). Benfold and Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific. Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) is the first to be used in the Surge Role in support of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 178k041122-N-4166B-015. Pacific Ocean, November 22 2004, a Gunner’s Mate, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) shoots an M-60 machine gun during a live fire training exercise. Benfold and Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 182k041209-N-8539M-039. Pacific Ocean, December 9 2004, the Military Sealift Command (MSC) combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) prepare for an early morning replenishment at sea (RAS). Benfold, part of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is currently on a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Nicholas B. Morton.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 111k041218-N-8539M-176. Pacific Ocean, December 18 2004, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) and the Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) destroyer JDS Kirisame (DD 104) maneuver aft of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a joint exercise involving several U.S. Navy and Japanese ships. Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean on a scheduled deployment. Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9) is the first to be used in the surge role in support of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Nicholas B. Morton.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 108k041219-N-4166B-049. Pacific Ocean, December 19 2004, an MH-60S Knighthawk of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5) "Providers", conducts a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln and Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 192k050102-N-9079D-317. Indian Ocean, January 2 2005, sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), stand-by to conduct an underway replenishment (UNREP) with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). Benfold is assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group, currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand in support of Operation Unified Assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Ronald A. Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 143k050102-N-9079D-004. Indian Ocean, January 2 2005, Quartermaster 1st class Mike Atchley prepares charts for a transit through the Straits of Malacca on the bridge aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Ronald A. Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 212k050103-N-9079D-020. Indian Ocean, January 3 2005, Seaman Jaimee Lorenzo counts money while working as a clerk in the ship store aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). Benfold, assigned to Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9), is currently conducting humanitarian operations in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. CSG-9 is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ronald Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 184k050103-N-9079D-096. Indian Ocean, January 3 2005, Gas Turbine System 1st Class Robert Whynot parallels the generator to maintain proper power in the Central Control Station aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). Benfold, assigned to Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9), is currently conducting humanitarian operations in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ronald Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 144k050103-N-9079D-209. Indian Ocean, January 3 2005, sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), hold lines during and underway replenishment with Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). Benfold, assigned to Carrier Strike Group Nine (CSG-9), is currently operating in the Indian Ocean in the waters off Indonesia and Thailand. U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ronald Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 121k050103-N-9079D-256. Indian Ocean, January 3 2005, sailors keep covered as an SH-60B Seahawk of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Seven (HSL-47) "Saberhawks", lands aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ronald Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 138k050103-N-9079D-412. Indian Ocean, January 3 2005, sailors work to prepare an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from (HSL 47) for flight, as the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) takes a turn. U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ronald Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 131k050103-N-9079D-376. Indian Ocean, January 3 2005, Marines assigned to the 3rd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) load into an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eleven (HC-11), aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) to be flown to USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). U.S Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Ronald Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 161k050104-N-9079D-181. Indian Ocean, January 4 2005, Machinery Repairman 1st Class Scott Sullivan cuts-out a screw on a lathe machine in the Repair Shop aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Ronald A. Dallatorre.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 187k050119-N-2653P-139. January 19 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) maneuvers in the Andaman Sea off the coast of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Navy helicopters are using Benfold as a refueling station for relief flights into Sumatra, Indonesia. Benfold is assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group, currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand in support of Operation Unified Assistance. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class James Pinsky.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 155k050225-N-4166B-266. Pacific Ocean, February 25 2005, the ships of Commander Destroyer Squadron Nine (CDS-9), from foreground, the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), guided missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Shoup (DDG 86), the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) shown in formation behind USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as part of a show Naval of power during a demonstration for Lincoln’s Tiger Cruise en route to San Diego, California from a WESTPAC cruise. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jordon R. Beesley.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 183k030828-N-4762H-048. Pacific Ocean, August 28 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) and her crew underway along the California coast. Benfold is assigned to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, which returned from a scheduled deployment earlier this year. U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 1st Class David Hunter.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 128kAt San Diego in 2006.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Benfold 141k060913-N-6652A-001. San Diego, September 13 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) departs Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled Westpac deployment as part of Expeditionary Strike Group Five (ESG-5). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daisy Abonza.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 223k061127-N-8547M-034. November 27 2006, an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) during underway replenishment with amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) Nov. 27, 2006. The Ships are deployed in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick W. Mullen III.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 143k070304-N-4965F-018. March 4 2007, guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) maneuvers as she prepares to moor pierside Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Benfold returned from a deployment as part of Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group, which is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in support of 5th Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 64k070515-N-3390M-001. May 15 2007, guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) is assisted by a tug as she prepares to moor pier side at Naval Station Everett for a port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Douglas G. Morrison.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 123k070515-N-3390M-002. May 15 2007, guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) is assisted by the large harbor tug Accomac (YTB 812) as Wenatchee (YTB 808) is en route to help moor the ship pier side at Naval Station Everett for a port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Douglas G. Morrison. Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 142k070515-N-3390M-003. May 15 2007, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Randal Walters assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) secures the forward mooring lines to a bollard as guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) moors pier side at Naval Station Everett for a scheduled port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Douglas G. Morrison.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 128k070824-N-7498L-043. U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Bradley Pate, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), receives the Bronze Star from Capt. Michael Gilday, commander of Destroyer Squadron Seven, for acts of heroism and outstanding dedication to his duties while attached to Task Force 405th Civil Affairs Battalion in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 24, 2007. The Bronze Star is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration, which is awarded to service members who have performed acts of bravery. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico.Bill Gonyo
Benfold 142k080504-N-9162R-018. May 4 2008, a port bow view of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65), as she departs Naval Station San Diego, Calif, for a scheduled deployment as part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan. Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 170k080513-N-9604C-038. Pacific Ocean, May 13 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) practice formation maneuvering. Halsey and Benfold are part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Shannon K. Cassidy.Robert Cieri
Benfold 215k080724-N-7631T-001. Manama, Bahrain, members of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) Bahrain Chapter toured USS Benfold (DDG 65) and learned about the Navy’s ability to search, track, hand-off and intercept ballistic missiles -- a core element of the Navy’s Ballistic Missile Defense program (BMD). Benfold is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) which help develop security in the maritime environment. From security arises stability that results in global economic prosperity. MSO complements the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists’ use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin TidwellBill Gonyo
Benfold 196kUSS Benfold (DDG-65) and USS Gridley (DDG-101) in San Diego on Match 7, 2009.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Benfold 41k090326-N-0000X-001. Pacific Ocean, March 26 2009, the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires a missile Thursday, March 26, 2009 during training exercise Stellar Daggers in the Pacific Ocean. Benfold engaged multiple targets with Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA and modified SM-2 BLK IV missiles. The overall objective of Stellar Daggers was to test the Aegis system's sea-based ability to simultaneously detect, track, engage and destroy multiple incoming air and ballistic missile threats during terminal or final phase of flight. The Benfold's Aegis Weapons System successfully detected and intercepted a cruise missile target with a SM-2 BLK IIIA, while simultaneously detecting and intercepting an incoming SRBM target with a modified SM-2 BLK IV. This is the first time the fleet has successfully tested the Aegis system's ability to intercept both an SRBM in terminal phase and a low-altitude cruise missile target at the same time. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 109k100110-N-3925A-001. U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibilty, January 10 2010, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) and the Royal Bahraini fast attack craft Al Jabiri (PGGF 21) are underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Grant P. Ammon.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 86kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on 24 June 2010 for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multi-national interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul D. Honnick. Navy News Service # 100624-N-6674H-034.Robert Hurst
Benfold 125kThe guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on 24 June 2010. The ship is visiting Hawaii to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010, a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall. Navy News Service # 100624-N-4281P-087.Robert Hurst
Benfold 153k100707-N-4400J-054. Pearl Harbor, July 7 2010, a mooring line released by Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) splashes into the water before being recovered by Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) as Benfold pulls away to join maritime exercises as part Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith E. Jones.Bill Gonyo
Benfold 70kUSS Benfold (DDG-65) maneuvers ahead of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65) as it fires a surface-to-air missile off the coast of Hawaii, 11 July 2010, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico. Navy News Service # 100711-N-7498L-450.Robert Hurst
Benfold 103k111209-N-ZC343-966. San Diego, California, December 9 2011, the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) displays holiday lights while pier side at Naval Base San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Benfold 193k151002-N-ZS026-146. San Diego, October 2 2015, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) departs Naval Base San Diego bound for Yokosuka, Japan to join the forward-deployed naval forces in the Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh.Ron Reeves
Benfold 272k150905-N-OI810-108. Pacific Ocean, September 5 2015, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) steams alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) and guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, and its embarked carrier air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke.Lee Wahler
Benfold 203k151130-N-UA460-095. Yokosuka, Japan, November 30 2015, Cmdr. Michele M. Day departs a change of command ceremony after turning over command of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) to Cmdr. Justin L. Harts. Day served as the ship's commanding officer since March 14, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson.Ron Reeves
Benfold 132k160101-N-TE278-119. Yokosuka, Japan, January 1 2016, sailors observe fireworks to celebrate the new year from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas.Ron Reeves
Benfold 82k160304-N-PD309-010. Pacific Ocean, March 4 2016, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) prepare for sea and anchor detail near Guam. Benfold is underway in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asian-Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh EllisRon Reeves
Benfold 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
Benfold 218k160913-N-PD309-001. Philippine Sea, September 13 2016, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) conducts a live fire of a harpoon missile, with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), as part of a sink exercise (SINKEX) during 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. Benfold is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group Five in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class Aaron Lyons.Ron Reeves
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As above, the target is the Ex USS Rentz (FFG-46).
Ron Reeves
Benfold 156kThe forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) breaks away from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) after an underway-replenishment Philippine Sea, 16 September as a part of Valiant Shield 2016. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin V. Cunningham. United States Navy NewsStand photo ID 160916-N-UF697-004.Robert Hurst
Benfold 125k160919-N-XQ474-126. Philippine Sea, September 19 2016, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires a standard missile (SM 2) at a target drone as part of a surface-to-air-missile exercise (SAMEX) during 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. Benfold 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 2nd Class Andrew Schneider.Ron Reeves
Benfold 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
Benfold 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Benfold 29kShip's Zippo.Tommy Trampp

USS BENFOLD DDG-65 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 Mark E. Ferguson III    Mar 30 1996 - Jun 20 1997 (Later ADM)
CDR Donald Michael (Mike) Abrashoff    Jun 20 1997 - Jan 21 1999
CDR Thomas Henry Copeman III    Jan 21 1999 - Aug 21 2000 (Later RADM)
CDR Adam Shawn Levitt    Aug 21 2000 - Mar 15 2002
CDR Charles Randy Hill    Mar 15 2002 - Apr 24 2003
CDR Michael Martin Gilday    Apr 24 2003 - Aug 29 2003 (Later RADM)
CDR Donald Gayle Hornbeck    Aug 29 2003 - Jun 24 2005
CDR Mark William Harris    Jun 24 2005 - Dec 21 2006
CDR William Andrew Hesser Jr.    Dec 21 2006 - May 1 2008
CDR Thomas Christopher Disy    May 1 2008 - Nov 6 2009
CDR Kevin Michael Brand    Nov 6 2009 - May 6 2011
CDR David Maddux Oden    May 6 2011 - Oct 1 2012
CDR Richard Esmeraldo LeBron    Oct 1 2012 - Mar 14 2014
CDR Michele M. Day    Mar 14 2014 - Nov 30 2105
CDR Justin Lynn Harts    Nov 30 2015 - May 2017
CDR Leroy Jerome Mitchell    May 2017 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Benfold DDG-65 Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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