2021

October Update

In March, Arleigh Burke departed Norfolk on March 26th enroute the new homeport of Rota. Article on DIVDS

In early April, Arleigh Burke operated with USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Virginia-class attack submarine USS Vermont (SSN 792), and P-8A maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to conduct multi-domain anti-submarine warfare operations in the Atlantic.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) arrived in its new homeport, Naval Station Rota, Spain, as the U.S. Navy’s newest Forward Deployed Naval Forces- Europe destroyer, April 11, 2021.

USS ARLEIGH BURKE, Newest FDNF Ship, Arrives in Homeport Rota, SpainCoastline – April 22, 2021

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Arrives at NAVSTA Rota, April 11, 2021

In May, the ship participated in a Passex with HMS Albion and others.

The ship began its first Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility in August.

In September, the ship conducted a port visit to Tallinn, Estonia. Arleigh Burke is the first ship to pull into Tallinn in more than two years. The previous visit was from the U.S. Sixth Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) in July 2019. During the visit, the ship hosted Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and other distinguished visitors for tours of the ship and hosted a media availability with members of Estonian press. Sailors also had a chance to participate in a community relations event at the National Library of Estonia.

Later in September, the ship visited Gdynia, Poland.

SWO pinning in September:

Fast and Feared for 30 Years – USS Arleigh Burke Celebrates Historic MilestoneCoastline – September 23, 2021

The ship conducted an engine change-out in October.

In October Arleigh Burke joined SNMG 1 to conduct presence operations and demonstrate NATO interoperability in the Baltic region. Press Release from C6F.

After the SNMG 1 operations, Arleigh Burke conducted a port visit in Finland.

Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony in November:


October Ship Update

After residing in Norfolk, Virginia for nearly 30 years, USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) is now forward deployed to Rota, Spain. She joins USS ROSS (DDG 71), USS PORTER (DDG 78), and USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80), as part of DESRON 60. On July 4th 2021, she celebrated her 30th birthday.

To commemorate the success of the last three decades, the officers and crew of ARLEIGH BURKE joined together for several events including a gathering at one of Naval Station Rota’s oldest establishments, Hay Motivo. Over the years, Hay Motivo has hosted several distinguished visitors, including ADM Arleigh Burke himself on April 25, 1959. In fact, his signature can be found on the wall, alongside other VIPs.

During the event, the ARLEIGH BURKE Wardroom and Chiefs Mess dressed up in summer whites and gathered around Arleigh Burke’s bold signature to reflect on the legacy of the Arleigh Burke class and its namesake.

The celebration continued a few days later as ARLEIGH BURKE hosted over 300 sailors and family members for a command wide picnic at Naval Station Rota’s Sea View Pines amphitheater. The festivities included games, raffles, Span- ish food and even commemorative Arleigh Burke poker chips courtesy of the Arleigh Burke Association.

There is no end in sight for ARLEIGH BURKE and the rest of her class. Though active for over 30 years, she has been outfitted with the latest technology as the Navy continues to re-invest in this trailblazing ship. Currently, ARLEIGH BURKE is underway on her inaugural patrol as a forward deployed asset in Sixth Fleet. Meanwhile, the US Navy recently awarded the contract for DDG-139, the latest example of ADM Arleigh Burke’s enduring legacy.