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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Jan. 10, 2008) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrives at NATO Pier Facility in Souda harbor for a routine port visit. Bainbridge is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley (Released)

USS Bainbridge: Over 240 Years of Naval Excellence

By Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), along with other U.S. Navy ships, is headed to Port Everglades, Fla., next week, for Fleet Week – a chance to show the American public first-hand the significant a role the U.S. Navy plays in the maritime defense of our world.

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Jan. 10, 2008) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrives at NATO Pier Facility in Souda harbor for a routine port visit. Bainbridge is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley (Released)
Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Jan. 10, 2008) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrives at NATO Pier Facility in Souda harbor for a routine port visit. Bainbridge is on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Paul Farley (Released)

 

USS Bainbridge is the fifth ship to be named after Commodore William Bainbridge, commanding officer of the famous frigate USS Constitution during the War of 1812. Previous ships to bear the name include the first U.S. destroyer, USS Bainbridge (DD 1). Commissioned in 1902, she was a torpedo boat destroyer and had a crew of 75.\

Commodore William Bainbridge
Commodore William Bainbridge

 

The fourth Bainbridge, (DLGN 25), was the first nuclear-powered frigate and was commissioned in 1962. Along with USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) and USS Long Beach (CGN 9), Bainbridge participated in Operation Sea Orbit in 1964 – the first around-the-world tour by a task group composed solely of nuclear-propelled warships.The fifth Bainbridge, (DDG 96), was commissioned in November of 2005, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and has been forward-deployed five times to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.

USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25) View on the ship's after deck during her commissioning ceremonies, 6 October 1962. Terrier guided missiles are in the foreground. The ceremonies were held at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph
USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25)
View on the ship’s after deck during her commissioning ceremonies, 6 October 1962. Terrier guided missiles are in the foreground. The ceremonies were held at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph

 

In April of 2009, USS Bainbridge along with other U.S. Navy ships became front page news for the role she played in rescuing M/V Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips who had been captured by Somali pirates. Capt. Phillips was held hostage by the pirates on a 25-foot lifeboat for four days 240 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia after he traded himself to save his crew aboard the Maersk Alabama.

NORFOLK (Nov. 19, 2009) Capt. Richard Phillips, former Captain of the container ship MV Maersk Alabama, publicly thanks Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) for his dramatic rescue at sea. On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, Navy SEALs positioned on the fantail of the Bainbridge opened fire and killed three of the pirates who were holding Phillips hostage. Phillips was later rescued by the crew of the Bainbridge.
NORFOLK (Nov. 19, 2009) Capt. Richard Phillips, former Captain of the container ship MV Maersk Alabama, publicly thanks Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) for his dramatic rescue at sea. On Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, Navy SEALs positioned on the fantail of the Bainbridge opened fire and killed three of the pirates who were holding Phillips hostage. Phillips was later rescued by the crew of the Bainbridge.

 

On April 12, U.S. Navy SEALs positioned on the fantail of the Bainbridge shot and killed three of the pirates holding Phillips hostage. Capt. Phillips was then rescued by USS Bainbridge Sailors and brought back to the United States.

Within a decade, USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) has established itself as a ship that has a rich naval history that has reached the golden hills of Hollywood. The film Captain Phillips reached a worldwide audience with a story that should remind everyone how valuable our U.S. Navy is and the role it will play in the future.