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  1. SECNAV Visit
  2. Change of Command
  3. Second FDNF Patrol
  4. Nice, France
  5. Underway – June & July
  6. 31st Anniversary
  7. Riga, Latvia Port Visit
  8. Helsinki, Finland & Passex
  9. CNO Visit
  10. Underway – August – September

In March, Arleigh Burke was announced as winner of Battle E Award for 2021. The Battle “E” recognizes the top ship in each squadron and is awarded for demonstrating sustained superior performance, operational effectiveness, and continuous readiness. This is the same award that was presented to then LCDR Arleigh Burke’s ship, USS Mugford (DD 389), in 1939-1940.

IC1 Miller was named DESRON 60 Sailor of the Year.

In February, USS ARLEIGH BURKE was the first ship selected at USNA First Class Ship Selection. Shipmate – May 2022


On 19 March, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) welcomed the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Carlos Del Toro.

SECNAV Visits NAVSTA Rota, SpainCoastline – April 7, 2022

April Awards ceremony – four meritorious promotions, Sailors of the Quarter, and End of Tour recognition.

May – USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) completed Damage Control Material Assessment and Engineering Light Off Assessment. Several Sailors were recognized at All Hands Call and received Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

May – 51 for 51! USS Arleigh Burke celebrated completing a successful Board of Inspection and Survey assessment by recognizing 51 outstanding Sailors! During the inspection, Arleigh Burke Sailors demonstrated the ship’s material condition across all mission areas.

Change of Command

Commander Peter Flynn relieved Commander Patrick Chapman as Commanding Officer on Friday, May 20th, 2022.

CDR Peter Flynn (left) exchanges salutes with CDR Patrick Chapman (right) during the 22 May 2022 USS ARLEIGH BURKE change of command ceremony, while Destroyer Squadron 60 Commodore CAPT Kyle Gantt (center) and CMDCM Rafael Barney (far right) look on.
CDR P. Chapman

Commander Chapman led the ship through completing post-upgrade workups, a home port shift to Rota Spain, and a 44,000 mile initial Forward Deployed Naval Forces deployment, operating from the Arctic Circle to the Baltic Sea, all while dealing with the further complications of COVID-era operations.

CDR P Flynn

Commander Flynn has fleeted up from XO, having already made significant contribution to the success of DDG51 during the last 18 months.

In May, two CPOs were promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Second FDNF Patrol

On June 1st, the ship got underway on its second FDNF patrol

USS Arleigh Burke begins second FDNF-E patrol – Press Release from U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet – June 15, 2022

On June 3, the ship visited Ferrol, Spain.

In June, the ship operated with the Spanish Frigate Santa María, F81

Nice, France

In mid-June, the ship visited Nice, France, and hosted a visit by RADM P. A. Dur, the ship’s first Battle Group Commander.

Underway – June & July

31st Anniversary

Message from ship leadership for the 31st Anniversary of Commissioning

Riga, Latvia Port Visit

USS Arleigh Burke arrives in Riga – Press Release from U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet – July 9, 2022

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Helsinki, Finland & Passex

CNO Visit

The CNO visited on Aug 17, 2022, inport Rota.

Underway – August – September