USS Chafee

USS Chafee (DDG-90) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in United States Navy. She is named for Senator John Lester Hubbard Chafee (1922–1999), a Marine veteran of Guadalcanal who also served as the Secretary of the Navy. Chafee was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine on 12 April 2001, launched on 2 November 2002 and commissioned on 18 October 2003.

USS Chafee (DDG-90) underway off Hawaii in March 2014
USS Chafee, 30 March 2014
United States
Name: USS Chafee
Namesake: John Chafee
Ordered: 6 March 1998
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 12 April 2001
Launched: 2 November 2002
Commissioned: 18 October 2003
Homeport: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Motto: Commanding the Seas
Status: in active service
Badge: The crest of USS Chafee
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
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, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 350 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

Ship history

Chafee left her homeport of Pearl Harbor 20 May 2005 for her maiden deployment with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG). She returned to her homeport after a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.[1]

Chafee departed Pearl Harbor 9 April 2007, as part of the San Diego based Nimitz CSG and deployed to the U.S 5th Fleet (C5F) area of operations. On 1 June 2007, Chafee fired her main gun at Al-Qaeda suspects in the Puntland region of Somalia. The men were wanted for the 1998 United States embassy bombings.[2] Chafee returned home to Pearl Harbor on 22 September 2007, marking the end a successful 167-day Western Pacific and Middle East deployment.[3]

Chafee is an active unit of the Pacific Fleet and operates out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; currently, Chafee is assigned to the Nimitz carrier group.

In popular culture

The construction of USS Chafee and USS Momsen, from initial steelcutting to sea trials, was documented in the Discovery Channel television special "Destroyer: Forged in Steel". The destroyers were not referenced by name, but their numbers were visible on their bows.

Coat of arms


A white anchor on a background of blue surrounded by a thin wavy white border, and then surrounded by a red border that is marked with thirteen gold stars.

The anchor - at the center of the shield - is borrowed from the Secretary of the Navy's Flag, in reference to John Chafee's time in that position.The thirteen stars is a reference to Rhode Island, Chafee's home state. The wavy border symbolizes the sea and Navy. The color white represents integrity. Blue and gold are the traditional colors of the navy, and the colors denote the sea the excellence, respectively. While the color red denotes courage.[4]


In gold, an eagle is holding a red serpent with its beak. The eagle is clutching arrows with its talons, and it is perched on a representation of the Senate Chamber of the Capitol Building. Behind the eagle, a Naval Officer's sword and a Marine Corps mameluke in saltire points upwards. A laurel wreath serves as a back ground and encircles the eagle. The base of the crest is a blue and white decorative rope.

The two swords signify Chafee's military service in two wars, specifically the mameluke symbolizes his time in the Marine Corps. The laurel wreath is a symbol Chafee's honor and achievement during his time as a marine, Secretary of the Navy, senator and governor. The eagle is a reference to the senator's time as the Secretary of the Navy. As mentioned before, the color gold and red represents excellence and courage, respectively.[4]


Commanding the Seas.


The coat of arms is the shield that topped with the crest. The coat of arms is then placed on a white background, and is surrounded by a dark blue oval that is bordered by a gold chain. The ship's name is inscribed at the top of the oval, and the hull number is inscribed at the bottom.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

  1. ^ Honda, Sonia (5 May 2005). "USS Chafee Sets Sail for Maiden Deployment" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  2. ^ "U.S. targets terror suspects in Somalia". MSNBC. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  3. ^ Bennett, Matthew; Honnick, Paul D. (25 September 2007). "USS Chafee Returns From Successful Deployment" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "USS Chafee". United States Navy. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

External links

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USS Chafee pulls into her new homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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Chafee in the Pacific Ocean, 2005
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List of current ships of the United States Navy

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There exist a number of former US Navy ships which are museum ships (not listed here), some of which may be US government-owned. One of these, USS Constitution, a three-masted tall ship, is one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy. It is the oldest naval vessel afloat, and still retains its commission (and hence is listed here), as a special commemoration for that ship alone.

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