USS McFaul

USS McFaul (DDG-74) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul. This ship is the 24th destroyer of her class. USS McFaul was the 11th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and construction began on 26 January 1996. She was launched on 18 January 1997 and was christened on 12 April 1997. On 25 April 1998 she had her commissioning ceremony at the Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Georgia.

McFaul DDG74
USS McFaul (DDG-74) underway in the Atlantic Ocean.
United States
Name: USS McFaul
Namesake: Donald L. McFaul
Ordered: 21 January 1993
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: 26 January 1996
Launched: 18 January 1997
Acquired: 23 February 1998
Commissioned: 25 April 1998
Motto: Courage, Honor, Sacrifice
Status: in active service
Badge: USS McFaul DDG-74 Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • Light: approx. 6,783 tons
  • Full: approx. 8,915 tons
Length: 505 ft (154 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; 35 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: Cannot embark rotary wing aircraft, but is equipped with a flight deck that allows a single SH-60 Seahawk helicopter to conduct underway replenishment.


On 22 August 2005, McFaul was involved in a minor collision with the destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Both ships suffered minor damage, and no injuries were reported. Both ships returned to their homeport at Naval Station Norfolk under their own power.[1]

On 16 February 2007, McFaul was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award.[2]

Loading bottled water on the USS McFaul (DDG 74)
Humanitarian supplies being loaded on McFaul 20 August 2008, at Souda Bay, Crete for delivery to Georgia

On 24 August 2008, McFaul arrived in Batumi, Georgia, as part of Operation Assured Delivery to "deliver humanitarian relief supplies ... as part of the larger United States response to the government of Georgia request for humanitarian assistance" in the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia war.[3] McFaul offloaded nearly 155,000 pounds (70,000 kg) of supplies—including hygiene items, baby food and care supplies, bottled water, and milk—donated by the United States Agency for International Development.[3][4]

On 5 April 2010, McFaul responded to a distress call from the merchant vessel MV Rising Sun after she was attacked by pirates. McFaul was able to neutralize the threat, and captured ten suspected pirates and successfully rescued eight crewmembers from on board a dhow near Salalah, Oman. The pirates were then transferred to the destroyer USS Carney for a week before they were transferred back to McFaul where 30 days later they were turned over to the Somalian Transitional Federal Government for subsequent prosecution.[5]

On 12 September 2012, McFaul was ordered to the coast of Libya in what the Pentagon called a "contingency" in case a strike was ordered. This was in response to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks.[6]

The ship may have been assigned to Carrier Strike Group Ten in the 2010s.


On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that McFaul would be upgraded during fiscal 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.[7]

Coat of arms

USS McFaul DDG-74 Crest


The shield has background of dark blue with Neptune being pulled by seahorses in a chariot over sea waves.

The traditional Navy colors were chosen for the shield because dark blue and gold represents the sea and excellence respectively. Neptune, God of the Sea, symbolizes maritime prowess and swift mobilization. Waves represent the coastline and highlight Chief Petty Officer McFaul's enclosure from sea by rubber raiding craft to block General Noriega's escape from Panama.


The crest consists of the shape of an array with a gold cross center. The array is split into quarters with palm leaves surrounding.

The crests AEGIS shape highlights the USS McFAUL's modern multi-mission warfare operations. The cross honors the Navy Cross awarded to Platoon Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul for extraordinary heroism in action under fire and saving his teammate's life. The quarter colored crest are adapted from the Panamanian flag to represent operation "Just Cause" in the Republic of Panama. The quartered sections also honor McFaul's SEAL team, SEAL Team Four. The laurel symbolizes achievement and honor. The palm indicates to the location of Panama while symbolizing victory.


The motto is written on a scroll of blue that has a gold reverse side.

The ships motto is "Courage Honor Sacrifice".


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 McFAUL" at the top and "DDG 74" in the base all gold.


  1. ^ "USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) and USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG 81) Collision". Damage Control Museum. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ Ludwick, Paula M. (19 February 2007). "Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "USS McFaul Brings Aid to Batumi, Georgia". U.S. Sixth Fleet (CNE-C6F) Public Affairs. 24 August 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  4. ^ "US warship reaches Georgian port". BBC News. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  5. ^ McMarr, Rachel (4 April 2010). "USS McFaul Captures Suspected Pirates, Rescues Crew" (Press release). United States Navy. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  6. ^ Starr, Barbara (12 September 2012). "US moving Navy destroyers off coast of Libya". CNN. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  7. ^ Ewing, Philip (12 November 2009). "MDA announces next 6 BMD ships". Navy Times. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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Battle ensign

A battle ensign is the name given to a large war ensign (flag) hoisted on a warship's mast just before going into battle.

In what could become a very confusing situation with thick clouds of gunsmoke the ensign gave additional identification, hence their large size, which for the Royal Navy in the 17th and 18th centuries was about 20 by 40 ft (6.1 by 12.2 m). It was commonly accepted that so long as a ship flew its ensign it was an active participant in battle; prior to action it was an acceptable ruse to fly a false flag.

If a ship surrendered then it would take down its ensign (which was known as striking the colors). This is also the origin of the phrase "To nail one's colours to the mast", showing a determination to fight on and never surrender. In practice, warships would fly more than one battle ensign, so that if the flag was destroyed or brought down during the fighting there would be no confusion. Conversely, keeping the flag flying even though the ship might appear to be past fighting was a sign of determination rather than foolishness. The German battleship Bismarck continued to fly its battle ensign even after all its gun batteries had been silenced by British shells, and sank with the ensign still flying.

The battle ensign was seen as an important element for the morale of the crew and was held in high regard. If a warship was sinking and had to be abandoned, flags such as the battle ensigns would be taken off the ship before it sank and were entrusted to the senior (surviving) officer.

Some countries use their national flag as the battle ensign, while others use their naval ensign. Sometimes unique flags were made and used as battle ensigns, for example the one flown by United States Naval Forces at the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

The battle ensign is sometimes also flown by U.S. Navy warships as a courtesy when entering or leaving foreign ports, or on national holidays when it is referred to as "Holiday Colors."

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Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic

Commander, Carrier Strike Group FOUR (CCSG-4 or COMSTRKGRUFOUR) is the U.S. Fleet Forces Command formation charged with training and certifying Atlantic Fleet Carrier Strike Groups, Amphibious Ready Groups, and independently deploying surface ships. Its mission is to "Conduct safe and effective Strike Force Training of the Atlantic Fleet."From 2004 to 2014, The command was known as Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL or COMSTRKFORTRALANT)

Until 2004, The command was known as Carrier Group FOUR/Commander, Carrier Striking Force (CCG-4).

CCSG-4 is a one star command under the three-star Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and is based at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. Tactical Training Group, Atlantic (TTGL) and Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGL) are subordinate commands. Additionally, Destroyer Squadron 26 and its four ships USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Nicholas (FFG 47), USS McFaul (DDG 74) and USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) also fall under CSFTL.

Destroyer Squadron 26

Destroyer Squadron 26 (DESRON-26) is a destroyer squadron of the United States Navy. It was first created in 1950. It has seen action in the Korean War, service in the Atlantic, in the Vietnam War. From 1974 for a period it became the 'Mod Squad', trialling ships commanded by officers one rank junior to the usual appointment rank.

Destroyer squadron

A destroyer squadron is a naval squadron or flotilla usually consisting of destroyers rather than other types of vessel. In some navies other vessels, such as frigates, may be included. In English the word "squadron" tends to be used for larger and "flotilla" for smaller vessels; both may be used for destroyer units. Similar formations are used in non-English-speaking countries, e.g., the "escadrille"—which would translate directly as "squadron"—in France.

Donald L. McFaul

Donald Lewis McFaul (20 September 1957 – 20 December 1989) was a United States Navy SEAL killed in action at Paitilla Airfield during Operation Just Cause, the 1989 United States invasion of Panama. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Navy Cross for his heroism during the battle while pulling another SEAL to safety. Only two Navy Crosses were awarded for the 1989 operations in Panama. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS McFaul (DDG-74) was named to honor him.

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In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Humanitarian response to the Russo-Georgian War

This article documents the aid given by several countries to the people who suffered due to the Russo-Georgian War.

On August 8, the Russian Ministry of the Emergency Situations sent a mobile hospital to North Ossetia.On August 10, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised to spend at least 10 billion rubles to help South Ossetia.On August 10, Russia said it had sent 120 tons of food to South Ossetia. On the same day, Russia's Emergency Situation Minister Sergey Shoygu said that Russia would send a humanitarian aid convoy with 200 tons of food, 16 tons of medical supplies, six electricity generators and water filters, from Russia's North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz to Tskhinvali.On August 11, the Russian government allocated $200 million in urgent aid for South Ossetia, to tackle the growing humanitarian catastrophe, according to Russia's envoy to NATO.On August 12, the Romanian Supreme Council of National Defense decided to send humanitarian aid to Georgia, consisting of drugs and medical equipment. Spain announced it would contribute €0.5 million in aid and was working with the Red Cross to help refugees. A cargo of humanitarian aid of medical items to the value of 20,000 lats was sent to Georgia from Latvia; the Government also allocated 100,000 lats from contingency resources to assist Georgia in overcoming the consequences of the war. Estonia sent, in addition to humanitarian aid, computer experts to fend off pro-Russian hackers.

On August 13, United States President George W. Bush said the U.S. would send humanitarian aid to Georgia. On the same day, Czech Republic and its armed forces sent one plane of supplies, mainly blood products. This was the first time Czech Republic provided blood to a foreign state. Australia was preparing a humanitarian aid package for Georgia.On August 14, Belarus sent 60 tons of humanitarian aid to South Ossetia. Belarus was also ready to host around 3,000 children from South Ossetia.Reuters reported that supplies were being distributed in the Russian-occupied town of Gori. The United States provided a $1 million grant to the World Food Program for local procurement of food aid.On August 16, several hundred builders from North Ossetia–Alania were scheduled to arrive to participate in the reconstruction of Tskhinvali.On August 18, a convoy with humanitarian help from Russia was also sent to Georgian city of Gori.On August 24, the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS McFaul docked at Georgia's Black Sea port Batumi and commenced delivery of humanitarian supplies.On August 28, Lithuanian Air Force transport aircraft left for Tbilisi with 5 tons of humanitarian aid. That was the fifth donation Lithuania delivered for Georgia.

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John J. McFall, American politician

John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith, United Kingdom politician

Leah McFall


McFaul is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Michael McFaul, (born 1963 in Glasgow, Montana) is a Stanford University professor and former United States Ambassador to Russia. He worked for the U.S. National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs.

Donald L. McFaul (1957-1989), US Navy SEAL killed in action in Panama

Iam "Willie" McFaul (born 1943-10-01, Coleraine), professional football player and coach

Shane McFaul (born 1986-05-23, Dublin), professional football player

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