USS Howard (DDG-83)

USS Howard (DDG-83) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Medal of Honor recipient First Sergeant Jimmie E. Howard, USMC. This ship is the 33rd destroyer of her class. USS Howard was the 19th ship of this class to be built by Bath Iron Works at Bath, Maine, and construction began on 8 December 1998. She was launched and christened on 20 November 1999. She was commissioned into the Navy on 20 October 2001.

US Navy 101110-N-1004S-042 The guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) transits the Pacific Ocean
USS Howard in the Pacific Ocean.
United States
Name: USS Howard
Namesake: Jimmie E. Howard
Ordered: 20 June 1996
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 9 December 1998
Launched: 20 November 1999
Commissioned: 20 October 2001
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Ready for Victory
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Howard DDG-83 Crest
General characteristics
Class and 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, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: exceeds 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 320 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters


The ship is named in honor of 1st Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard, USMC (1929–1993), recipient of the Medal of Honor for his leadership of a platoon against repeated attacks by a battalion-sized Viet Cong force. After receiving severe wounds from an enemy grenade, he distributed ammunition to his men and directed air strikes on the enemy. By dawn, his beleaguered platoon still held their position. Howard had also received the Silver Star Medal for his service in the Korean War. Every time Howard sets to sea from her homeport of San Diego, she passes within view of Gunnery Sgt. Howard's grave at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and salutes her namesake.


On 16 February 2007, Howard was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[1]

On 28 September 2008, Howard was reported to be in pursuit of the Ukrainian ship Faina, which on 25 September 2008 was captured by Somali pirates en route to Kenya. Faina was reported to be carrying 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks along with ammunition and spare parts.[2] Faina was eventually released by the pirates 5 February 2009.

In 2008, Howard received the 2008 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award and provided humanitarian assistance to the Philippines.[3]

CDR Amy M. McInnis is the tenth Commanding Officer, assuming command on 19 November 2015. CDR John J Fay was the ninth Commanding Officer, relieving CDR Zook. CDR David Zook was the eighth commanding officer, relieving CDR Bergmann on 21 September 2012. CDR Andree (Ande) E. Bergmann replaced CDR Scott Switzer on 17 March 2011 as the seventh commanding officer. Scott Switzer was the sixth commanding officer of Howard, replacing CDR Curtis Goodnight on 8 May 2009 during a ceremony at San Diego.[3]

Currently Howard is a member of Destroyer Squadron 9 and Carrier Strike Group Eleven.

Coat of arms


The shield has a background of light blue, dark blue, and gold. The upper shield consists of an oriental dragon while the bottom contains stars configured to the Southern Cross.

The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. The oriental dragon symbolizes the ship's service in the Pacific and fighting spirit of the platoon under leadership of Gunnery Sergeant Howard. The stars are configured to the Southern Cross and represent the First Marine Division patch worn by Gunnery Sergeant Howard.


The crest consists of a Medal of Honor neck pad in the shape of a radar array with a crossed Navy and Marine sword.

USS Howard's combat actions and war fighting legacy are represented by the six battle stars. Gunnery Sergeant Howard was awarded a Medal of Honor for gallantry and intrepidity under fire which is represented by the neck pad. The neck pad also highlights the modern warfare capabilities, represented with the AEGIS array. A Crossed Naval Sword and Marine Mameluke signify teamwork and cooperation, exhibited with support from USS Howard's advanced combat systems for Marines ashore.


The motto is written on a scroll of white with blue reverse side.

The ships motto is "Ready for Victory". The motto is a reference to the honor, courage, and commitment of USS Howard's sailors for justifying she is ready for all operations in peace and will always be victorious in combat.


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, upon a white background enclosed within a dark blue oval border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USS Howard" at the top and "DDG 83" in the base all gold.


Howard has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" several times

  • 1 January - 31 December 2006 [1]


  1. ^ a b Ludwick, Paula M. (19 February 2007). "Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ "US destroyer watching hijacked ship off Somalia". ABC News. Associated Press. 27 September 2008.
  3. ^ a b Kelz, Jessica (8 May 2009). "USS Howard Holds Change of Command Ceremony". Navy Compass. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009.

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

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