20th Anniversary of FM-2

First sea-based BMD Intercept

On January 25, 2002, USS Lake Erie engaged and successfully intercepted a unitary ballistic missile target with a STANDARD Missile -3.  This was the first successful sea-based BMD intercept and established the momentum for AEGIS BMD that continues until today.

Ballistic Missile Defense is a key mission for USS Arleigh Burke as a FDNF ship. During 2020, USS Arleigh Burke was upgraded with some of the latest ship technologies, including upgraded AEGIS BMD programs, in preparation for joining the forward deployed forces in Rota in 2021.

Read more here: A short history of AEGIS BMD


Dec 30th at the pier in Rota. (DDG 51 is third from right)

USS Arleigh Burke had a productive year. The ship sailed more than 44,000 miles, circumnavigated Europe, and executed operations in the Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Barents Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Arctic Ocean. At 30+ years, the ship (and class) remains relevant, capable, ready, and on duty. See the year in review here.

Association Stickers

Chuck Killian has created stickers of both the Association and Foundation logos. You can get a set by contacting him – chuckkillian at gmail.

30th/31st Volunteers

We need a few volunteers from the Norfolk area to assist with selected events, such as coordinating the Golf events, the Tides game trip, and the picnic. If you can help, please contact the board.

Arleigh Burke Association Scholarship

It is time to fund the 2022 scholarship. Funds are due to Anchor (who manages the scholarship) in February 2022. We appreciate donations to the Association in support of this effort. Contributions should be sent to the Treasurer, and marked for the Scholarship.

Association on Social Media

We now have a social presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Links are on the top of each page. Followers, retweets, shares, and likes are appreciated.