Departing Faslane Sep 2022

Toni Checchio

Congratulations to Toni Checchio on receipt of the Aegis Excellence Award.

Toni has been contributing to the success of the Admiral’s ships for over 30 years. As the Gas Turbine Generator subject matter expert, she was deeply involved with the precomm crew training and preparations for fleet introduction of the generator at the Land Based Engineering Site. The original industry design proved somewhat challenging, and she could be found many times aboard ship sitting in a generator module with the Sailors troubleshooting, correcting planned maintenance documentation, and improving parts provisioning, and eventually contributing to an updated generator design. She has continued as a technical expert on the class electrical plant as the design evolved from 440 to 4160 volts to support the higher power requirements in the Flight IIIs.

Her continued dedication to success of the class makes her a true Destroyer Leader.

The Arleigh Burke Class (DDG 51) Destroyer Shipbuilding Program Manager Capt. Seth Miller and NAVSEA Program Manager Mr. Michael Dugan present the AEGIS Excellence Award to Toni Checchio, a Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division electrical engineer, for her support during the DDG 51 Flight III (Flt III) development process on Aug. 9, 2022 at Philadelphia. Checchio began working on the Flt III electric plan design concepts in 2011. Her efforts led to the ship’s design being approved in 2015. (U.S. Navy Photo by Jamie Gates/Released)

October Destroyerman

The October issue of the Destroyerman is posted. Lots of 31st pictures and participation instructions for the annual membership meeting on Oct 27th.

FC2 Kenneth Stalder


Petty Officer Stalder passed on September 12, 2022. The funeral will be held October 1, 2022, in Marlton NJ. Additional information here.

See Discussion on Plank Owner FB Group (must be member)

This is so sad. He was such an easy going sailor. Always smiling. Fair wind and following seas brother!

Bruce Fields

We’ll said Bruce. RIP shipmate

JIm Smith

Sorry to hear it. I don’t have any stories but remember him fondly.

Glen Blevins

So sorry to hear shipmate

Jan Melford

Always smiling and quick witted. He was in CSMC when I dropped 400hz on board. He took my tail chewing. This world will miss you brother. RIP

Gdunn Farms

Godspeed Stalder. Smart, capable, irreverant as hell. From Dahlgren, to CSEDS, BIW, and the ship we were friends. Now, now I’m feeling old.

Russell Therrien

Wow. Ran into him in Cherry Hill NJ in 2000 or so. God Bless . He was a great, funny guy.

Scott Miller

Loss of a shipmate

U.S. Navy Releases Name of Deceased Arleigh Burke Sailor – US Navy Press Release – August 4, 2022

Seaman Recruit David L. Spearman was lost at sea on August 1, 2022.

“This bright, young man made an oversized positive impact on Arleigh Burke.  My entire crew’s thoughts and prayers are with Seaman Recruit Spearman’s family and friends.  We offer our most sincere condolences for their loss.”

“Thank you to the Swedish and German navies, the U.S. Air Force, and the Sailors from Arleigh Burke for their extensive efforts to search for our shipmate.”

CDR. Pete Flynn, Commanding Officer, USS Arleigh Burke

Spearman, of North Carolina, enlisted on Nov. 10, 2021. He reported to Arleigh Burke on April 21, 2022 after his training at Great Lakes, Ill.

Arleigh Burke In Memoriam Page

31st Memorabilia

Ballcaps and Coins are still available.

Crew Ballcap
31st Coin

31st anniversary hats and coins are still available.  These hats are available in coyote brown and have the DESRON 23 Little Beaver on one side and our anniversary slogan “Fast and Feared for Over 30 Years” on the other.  “Built to Fight is embroidered on the back above the arch.

Crew ballcaps:  $20
O5/06/Flag ballcaps:  $25
Coins: $10

In addition to our 31st anniversary memorabilia we are continuing to offer reduced pricing of our remining 25th anniversary T-shirts:  now only $5.  Crew ball caps ($20) with 25th anniversary marking are also available

You may send a check, or receive an invoice from the Association on PayPal.

Either way, fill out the desired items below, and you will receive the address for a check or PayPal invoice. Depending on the order, shipping and PayPal fees may be added.