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USS DECATUR (DDG-73)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDEC

CLASS - BURKE Flight II 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 January 15 1996.
Launched November 9 1996.
Commissioned June 19 1998.
Active unit of the US Navy.
Homeported at San Diego.

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Decatur 56kStephen Decatur was born on 5 January 1779 in Sinepuxent, Md. He was warranted a midshipman at the age of 19 and made his first cruise in the frigate United States. In command of the schooner Enterprise at the outbreak of the Tripolitan War, he captured the bomb ketch Mastico on 23 December 1803. He used this ship, renamed Intrepid, in his daring raid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli, 16 February 1804. He also distinguished himself during the attacks on Tripoli in command of a gunboat division. Promoted to captain he was assigned command of Constitution, and later, in November 1804, Congress. He negotiated with the Bey of Tunis at the close of the Tripolitan War, and returned to the United States in September 1805 with the Tunisian envoy. During the War of 1812 he commanded United States, capturing HMS Macedonian in one of the greatest single-ship actions of naval history. He took command of President at New York and attempting to slip through the blockade fell in with a British squadron of five heavy ships. After 2 hours of furi ous combat the frigate HMS Endymion was silenced but President had suffered such extensive damage that it was impossible to execute an escape. The twice-wounded Decatur reluctantly surrendered, but was paroled, landing at New London 22 February 1815. Returning to the Mediterranean in 1815, Decatur in Guerriere, negotiated a treaty with the Dey of Algiers which ended tribute and exacted full payment for injuries to Americans, then concluded similar agreements with the Bey of Tunis and the Bashaw of Tripoli. From November 1815 until killed by Commodore James Barron in a duel 22 March 1820, Decatur served on the Board of Navy Commissioners. Photo #: KN-2779. Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN (1779-1820) oil on wood, 35" x 27", by John Wesley Jarvis (1780-1840). Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 49kArtist's conception of the Decatur 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
Decatur 137kUSS Decatur (DDG-73) poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 139kArtist's rendering of the USS Decatur DDG-73.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 135kUndated, on patrol off Guam.The officers and crew of the USS Decatur (DDG-73)
Decatur 72kUndated, at Pearl Harbor.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 139kUndated, JDS Tokiwa (AOE 423) during ship-to-ship refueling of USS Decatur (DDG-73) in the Indian Ocean. During this replenishment Decatur received approximately 110,000 gals of fuel from Tokiwa and became Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF)’s 600th customer. The JMSDF routinely provides fuel to U.S. Navy and coalition ships forward deployed to the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Official U.S. Navy Photo by CTR3 Ryan C. Finkle.Robert Hurst
Decatur 217kUndated, French Navy AS 365 Panther helicopter from the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91) lands on USS Decatur 's (DDG-73) flight deck while underway in the North Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy Photo by Quartermaster 1st Class (SW) David J. Conrad.Robert Hurst
Decatur 108kThe Launching Program for the USS Decatur DDG-73, held at Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on 9 November 1996.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 120kA photo of the Honorable Mrs. Joan E. Shalikashvili, the Ship's Sponsor. She is the wife of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John M. Shalikashvili, USA. She is shown Christening the USS Decatur DDG-73 at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME 9 November 1996.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 98kA photo of the USS Decatur DDG-73, entering the water for the first time while being launched at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME 9 November 1996.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 191kUSS Decatur (DDG-73) sailing down the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, as she departs from Bath Iron Works in the summer of 1998. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106849-KN.Steven A. Cardali/Robert Hurst
Decatur 115kThe Commissioning Program for the USS Decatur DDG-73. held at Portland, Oregon (the city's first ever Commissioning Ceremony) on 29 August 1998. Note: the USS Decatur DDG-73 was actually Commissioned without ceremony at Bath, ME, on 19 June 1998 by Commodore Pat Garrett, COMDESRON 23.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 211kCommissioning Poster for USS Decatur (DDG-73) handed out at the commissioning ceremony in Portland, Oregon on 29 August 1998.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 224kNewspaper article about the USS Decatur (DDG-73) which appeared in the Oregonian on 30 August 1998, the day after her commissioning in Portland Oregon.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 52kVancouver, BC April 26 1999.Marc Piché
Decatur 45kVancouver, BC April 30 1999.Marc Piché
Decatur 65kVancouver, BC April 30 1999.Marc Piché
Decatur 23kAt American Samoa in 2000.Bill McMillian
Decatur 28kSan Diego July 27 2001.Marc Piché
Decatur 104kIn the straits of Malacca 2001 steaming toward the Persian Gulf as part of the John C. Stennis Battle Group. Harold Newbill
Decatur 50kYN2(SW) Adams (Then YN3) painting the ships store mural that he designed himself. It was called "the Enduring Freedom Depot" . This mural was completed and appeared in the Navy Times during the 2001-2002 Deployment with the John C. Stennis.Harold Newbill
Decatur 140kUSS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Bataan (LHD 5) with canadian ship NCSM Iroquois (DDG 280), NCSM Charlottetown (FFH 339) and NCSM Halifax (FFH 330) in the Arabian sea during operation enduring freedom the 14 January 2002.Marc-André Nadeau
Decatur 155k020519-N-4998R-012. Dili, East Timor, May 19 2002, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-misile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) anchored off the coast for East Timor's Independence Day celebration. After more than four hundred years of colonial rule, twenty-five years of occupation and two years of rebuilding as a United Nations administered territory, East Timor will become the worlds newest independent democratic nation on 20 May 2002. U.S. Navy photo by JO2 Gael Rene.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 59kSan Diego, Ca. Aug. 22, 2003, USS Decatur (DDG 73) steams towards the Coronado Bridge as she departs the comforts of home and begins her scheduled deployment. The Aegis destroyer is part of the first Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG-1). An ESG constitutes a new naval strike force designed to equip amphibious forces with added firepower and operational capabilities. US Navy PhotoFred Weiss
Decatur 106kPearl Harbor September 2003 Harold Newbill
Decatur 103kIn route to Pearl Harbor September 2003.Harold Newbill
Decatur 90kPort side during swim call in the Arabian Sea October 2003.Harold Newbill
Decatur 97kUSS Decatur with Mahe in the background, Republic of the Seychelles 2003.Harold Newbill
Decatur 140kUnderway replenishment from USNS John Erickson (T-AO-194) and USS Ogden (LPD-5) on opposite side.Harold Newbill
Decatur 196kUnderway replenishment from USNS John Erickson (T-AO-194) and USS Ogden (LPD-5) on opposite side.Harold Newbill
Decatur 111kDhow that was captured in December 2003 by the USS Decatur Boarding Team. This picture was taken by Michael Sandberg.Harold Newbill
Decatur 137kUSS Decatur entering San Diego Bay March 2004 returning home from the third deployment ( Aug 2003 - March 2004) of her career. This deployment was as part of Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) led by the USS Peleliu (LHA-5).Harold Newbill
Decatur 93kIn drydock July 2004, photo by Cordelia Banks.Harold Newbill
Decatur 58k2004, location unknown.Harold Newbill
Decatur 54k2004, location unknown.Harold Newbill
Decatur 33kOctober 9 2004, location unknown.Harold Newbill
Decatur 66kEnroute to the Portland Rose festival operating off the Coast of Oregon June 15 2005.Harold Newbill
Decatur 76kEnroute to the Portland Rose festival moving up the Columbia River June 15 2005.Harold Newbill
Decatur 83k050726-N-8213G-031. Pacific Ocean July 26 2005, the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) prepares to go alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to conduct a fueling at sea (FAS), as the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) navigates off her starboard side. Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) are currently underway conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Konstandinos Goumenidis).Jack Treutle
Decatur 64kPacific Ocean - October 29, 2005. The Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) follows the Cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) during maneuvers of the coast of Southern California. Both ship are part of Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7); which, is currently underway with its flag ship the Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Pacific Ocean undergoing their Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX). Official U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Aaron Burden.Harold Newbill
Decatur 41kHong Kong port visit while deployed with the Ronald Reagan Battle Group in 2006.Harold Newbill
Decatur 125k060703-N-7130B-228. Pacific Ocean, July 3 2006, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) stops in two ship lengths while performing a "crash-back", being demonstrated for observing crewmembers of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW 14) are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the war on terror and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) Aaron Burden.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 70kDN-SD-07-07694, 060706-N-1328S-012. Family and friends await to greet their loved ones aboard the USN Arleigh Burke Class (Flight 1) Guided Missile Destroyers USS DECATUR (DDG 73) during a homecoming celebration at Naval Station (NS) San Diego, California (CA). The DECATUR and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 completed a regular scheduled six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and Maritime Security Operations (MSO). Photo by MCSN James Seward, July 6 2006.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 77k060315-N-0857F-002 Cmdr. John Steinberger, USS Decatur (DDG 73)’s commanding officer, oversees the refueling at sea evolution, Mar. 15, between his ship and Japanese oiler JDS Tokiwa (AOE 423). Decatur’s underway replenishment made them the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF)’s 600th customer. JMSDF routinely provides fuel to U.S. Navy and coalition ships forward deployed to the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Official U.S. Navy Photo by CTR3 Ryan C. Finkle.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 61k060315-N-0857F-007 USS Decatur (DDG 73) hoists the Japanese steaming ensign Mar. 15 at the completion of an underway replenishment with Japanese oiler JDS Tokiwa (AOE 423). This replenishment made Decatur the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF)’s 600th customer. JMSDF routinely provides fuel to U.S. Navy and coalition ships forward deployed to the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Official U.S. Navy Photo by CTR3 Ryan C. Finkle.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 136kA French Navy Panther helicopter lands on USS Decatur's (DDG 73) flight deck while underway in the North Arabian Sea. On May 5 2006, Decatur joined a coalition task force led by French nuclear-powered surface vessel FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91), which is currently providing air support to U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Decatur is deployed to the region in support of Maritime Security Operations. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. Photo by Quartermaster 1st Class (SW) David J. Conrad.Harold Newbill
Decatur 57k070622-N-XXXXX-003. Pacific Ocean June 22 2007, a Standard Missile (SM-3) is launched from the Aegis combat system equipped Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) during a Missile Defense Agency ballistic missile flight test. Minutes later the SM-3 intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. It was the first time such a test was conducted from a ballistic missile defense equipped-U.S. Navy destroyer. The previous flight tests were conducted from U.S. Navy cruisers. The maritime capability is designed to intercept short to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats in the midcourse phase of flight. USS Decatur is one of 18 U.S. Navy ships (three cruisers and 15 destroyers) that will be identically equipped, by early 2009, with the ballistic missile defense capabilities of conducting long-range surveillance/tracking and launching the SM-3 missile. U.S. Navy Photo.-
Decatur 145k070702-N-9909C-004. San Diego, (July 2 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) safely navigates under the Coronado Bay Bridge as she returns to Naval Station San Diego after a successful missile shot off the coast of Hawaii. June 22nd, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer launched an SM-3 that intercepted a separating ballistic missile threat target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. It was the first time such a test was conducted from a Navy destroyer equipped with ballistic missile defense capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Jane Campbell, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 100k080218-N-5476H-116 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 18, 2008) Quartermaster 3rd Class Ronald Masulis, of Danville, Ill., looks through ship mounted binoculars on the signal bridge in order to read flag signals from the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) during a signal drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70). Lake Erie is conducting operations off the coast of Hawaii in preparation for a ship's Board of Inspection and Survey. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Hight.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 37k080401-N-3659B-372. Pacific Ocean, 1 April 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7, maneuvers through the Pacific Ocean as part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group during a composite training unit exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 119k080401-N-3659B-298. Pacific Ocean, 1 April 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), assigned to Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7, maneuvers through the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 127k080413-N-1635S-001. Pacific Ocean, April 13 2008, the guided-missile destroyers USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) steam towards the early morning sunrise during a simulated straits transit with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while conducting a joint task force exercise in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Scott.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 190k080619-N-5961C-004. Hong Kong, June 19 2008, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), left, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) are moored at the foot of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. Both ships are part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Spike Call.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 157kMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Rick West visits with the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) July 3 2009, at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. West is on a 10-day tour of Japan, his first visit since taking the position as MCPON. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 152k090807-N-5549O-134. Persian Gulf, August 7 2009, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus tours the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73). Mabus is on his first Middle East tour as Secretary of the Navy visiting with foreign dignitaries, members of government and Sailors and Marines. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 109kAt Seal Beach during December 2009.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Decatur 163kSan Diego, August 27 2010, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Tyler Wyman operates a radar system control console during a ballistic missile defense exercise (BMDX) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) in San Diego. BMDX is a coast to coast synthetic integrated exercise that is designed to prepare ships deploying for BMD missions using live data link and communications. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phillip Pavlovich, 100827-N-7282P-001.Bill Gonyo
Decatur 140kFive images of the Decatur on April 21 2011 as she stands into San Diego Bay on a breezy, cool overcast morning enroute to a 0930 arrival at the Naval Base. DECATUR, a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capable destroyer is returning from a seven month deployment to the Middle East. Copyright CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.).CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 90kAs above. Copyright CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.).CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 76kAs above. Copyright CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.).CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 105kAs above. Copyright CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.).CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 123kAs above. Copyright CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.).CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 110k110316-N-WW409-065. Chenni, India, March 16 2011, sailors man the rails of the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) while getting underway after a port call. Decatur is conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Villalovos.Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 104kJuly 22 2011, USS DECATUR transits San Diego Bay inbound to the Naval Base.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 174kJuly 22 2011, USS DECATUR passes the USS MIDWAY Museum as a Delta flight is about to land at San Diego's Lindbergh Field.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 159kJuly 22 2011, USS DECATUR passes the Hyatt towers in downtown San Diego enroute to the Naval Base.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 161kJuly 22 2011, USS DECATUR passes the San Diego Convention Center where the massive Comic-Con convention is in progress. The Hilton hotel is been wrapped in a giant movie poster as part of Comic-Con.© CAPT Robert E. Lang USN (Ret.)
Decatur 77kNaval Station San Diego, April 2013.BMCS Richard Miller USNR (Ret.)
Decatur 131k130419-N-DH124-045. San Diego, April 19 2013, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) returns to homeport San Diego, April 19, after completing an eight-month, ballistic missile defense deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. While operating in the Arabian Gulf, the ship and her boarding team conducted 88 "approach-and-visit" operations that helped strengthen U.S. Navy ties with local mariners. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rosalie Garcia.Ron Reeves
Decatur 209k160522-N-YU572-383. Waters surrounding the Korean Pennisula, May 21 2016, the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92), left, Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG-993), guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73), Republic of Korea destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi (DDG-992) and Republic of Korea patrol craft ROKS Kwang Myung (PCC-782) steam in formation during a bilateral maneuvering exercise. The destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111), Momsen and Decatur, with embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, are deployed as part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 31. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.Ron Reeves
Decatur 25kShip's patch.-
Decatur 30kShip's patch.-
Decatur 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich

USS DECATUR DDG-73 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 Michael Galese Knollmann    Jun 19 1998 - Jun 3 1999
CDR Peter Aguon Gumataotao    Jun 3 1999 - Mar 16 2001 (Later RADM)
CDR Victorino Guerrero Mercado    Mar 16 2001 - Aug 12 2002 (Later RADM)
CDR Cynthia McCulley Thebaud    Aug 12 2002 - Mar 12 2004 (Later RADM)
CDR Brian Craig Nickerson    Mar 12 2004 - Aug 29 2005
CDR John Frederick Steinberger    Aug 29 2005 - Sep 5 2007
CDR Brian K. Shipman    Sep 5 2007 - May 1 2009
CDR Christopher John Sweeney    May 1 2009 - Dec 15 2010
CDR Shanti Rae Sethi    Dec 15 2010 - May 26 2012
CDR Joel Andrew Ellingson    May 26 2012 - Dec 12 2013
CDR Andrew Giuseppe Liggett    Dec 12 2013 - May 29 2015
CDR Garrett H. Miller    May 29 2015 - Nov 18 2016
CDR Mary Katey Hays    Nov 18 2016 - present

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

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