USS Paul Hamilton will depart Hawaii April 5 after more than twenty years of being homeported in Pearl Harbor.
The U.S. Navy announced recently that USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) will swap homeports with USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) this summer. William P. Lawrence departed San Diego on a regularly scheduled deployment in January and will arrive in Hawaii in mid-2016.
This move supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater. Likewise, it will allow Paul Hamilton, also a guided-missile destroyer, to proceed to San Diego for a scheduled extended dry-docking selected restricted availability.
“Commissioned in 1995, USS Paul Hamilton has been operating out of Pearl Harbor ever since, providing forward presence for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The men and women who served aboard this destroyer directly strengthened Pacific maritime security during dozens of deployments, training missions and exercises, including Koa Kai and RIMPAC.” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Navy Region Hawaii. “This homeport assignment is part of the U.S. Navy’s strategic laydown and dispersal plan. The Navy is committed to basing approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft in the region by 2020. As such, our readiness and the warriors’ ethos in Hawaii will continue to be critical to maintaining security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
Both Paul Hamilton and William P. Lawrence are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that perform key roles in support of a carrier strike group, expeditionary strike group, or surface action group.
DDGs are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking to include air, surface, undersea, space and cyber warfare. DDGs coordinate with units of a task group to conduct naval operations and execute the Maritime Strategy under a naval component commander.