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USS Bulkeley (DDG-84)

USS Bulkeley in the Persian gulf.
United States
Name: USS Bulkeley
Namesake: John D. Bulkeley
Ordered: 20 June 1996
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 10 May 1999
Launched: 21 June 2000
Commissioned: 8 December 2001
Motto: Freedom's Torch
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter can be embarked

USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named after Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley, who was a World War II Medal of Honor recipient.

Bulkeley was laid down on 10 May 1999 by Ingalls Shipbuilding and launched on 21 June 2000 in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was commissioned on 8 December 2001 and is currently homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

Service history

In February 2011, Bulkeley was involved in a mission to rescue four American citizens from the yacht Quest which was attacked by Somali pirates.[1]

On 5 March 2011, Bulkeley was involved in rescuing a Japanese oil tanker, MV Guanabara, from Somali pirates while on duty with Combined Task Force 151 off the coast of Oman.[2] Three of the pirates were tried and convicted in Japan, the fourth was turned over to juvenile authorities, as it was determined that he was a minor.[3]

On 16 May 2011 Bulkeley responded to a mayday call from the Panamanian flagged very large crude carrier Artemis Glory by dispatching a Seahawk helicopter (from HSL 48) to its position. Seeing that a piratical skiff carrying four men was firing upon Artemis Glory, the Seahawk investigated the skiff. The pirates opened fire on the helicopter with small arms and were summarily neutralized by crew served weapons from the helicopter in self-defense. The helicopter then withdrew without any casualties to its own crewmembers or that of Artemis Glory.[4]

The ship returned to Norfolk on 15 July 2011. During its deployment, it had participated in operations which had captured 75 Somali pirates and had missile strikes by its carrier strike group against the Libyan government.[5]


  1. ^ "4 American hostages killed by Somali pirates". 22 February 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Navy frees ship from suspected Indian Ocean pirates". CNN. 6 March 2011. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "3 pirates indicted over attack on Japan-run tanker in Indian Ocean". Japan Today. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "USS Bulkeley Protects MV Artemis Glory From Pirate Attack". Combined Maritime Forces. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Todd Allen (16 July 2011). "USS Enterprise Returns To Norfolk".  

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