USS BULKELEY is the 34th ARLEIGH BURKE - class guided missile destroyer and the first ship in the Navy named after Vice Adm. John Duncan Bulkeley.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 20, 1996|
|Keel laid: May 10, 1999|
|Christened: June 24, 2000|
|Commissioned: December 8, 2001|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Length: 508,5 feet (155 meters)|
|Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 32 knots|
|Aircraft: two |
|Armament: one |
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
|Crew: approx. 320|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BULKELEY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The shield, reflecting the power of the Aegis Weapons System, is Navy blue and gold, the colors traditionally associated with the US Navy symbolizing the sea and excellence. The inverted star at the base of the shield recalls the Medal of Honor presented to Admiral Bulkeley by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for his dynamic forcefulness and daring during the defense of the Phillipines. The gold laurel wreath represents honor and high achievement, the hallmarks of USS BULKELEY. The red chevron, from the family coat of arms, is emblematic of the valor and sacrifice displayed by Admiral Bulkeley while leading a flotilla of PT boats and minesweepers along Utah Beach before assualt troops stormed ashore at Normandy. The lion alludes to the heritage of Normandy and embodies courage and strength.
A WW II PT Boat surrounded by the Philippine sun serves to honor Admiral Bulkeley's role in the Pacific including his daring rescue of General MacArthur and President Quezon of the Philippines from Corregidor.
About the Ship’s Name:
USS BULKELEY is named in honor of the late Navy Vice Adm. John Duncan Bulkeley, (1911-1996). Bulkeley was the recipient of the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, and numerous other decorations for heroic actions during World War II. While in command of Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) Squadrons Three and Seven during the defense of the Philippines, Bulkeley evacuated Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur and President Quezon of the Philippines, and destroyed several Japanese planes, surface combatants, and merchant ships. As commander, MTB Squadron 102, he supported the Normandy and Southern France invasions. Following the war, he became president of the Board of Inspection and Survey, where he continued to serve upon transfer to the retired list on Jan. 1, 1974.
USS BULKELEY Construction Gallery:
USS BULKELEY Patch Gallery:
USS BULKELEY Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on November 9, 2008.
The photos below were taken by me and show the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 27, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the BULKELEY undergoing repairs and modernization as part of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility in Norfolk, Va. The BULKELEY entered dry-dock on January 30, 2012 - along with her sistership MASON (DDG 87) - in the first ever tandem dry-docking of two US Navy Aegis guided missile destroyers. The TITAN is the largest floating dry-dock on the East Coast, measuring 950 feet long and 160 feet wide, with a lift capacity of 52,000 tons. The photos were taken on May 6, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 8, 2014.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 23, 2014.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 6, 2015.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 12, 2016. Note the crane removing the starboard SLQ-32. The portside SLQ-32 is already gone. This is probably done in preparation for BULKELEY's upcoming Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the BULKELEY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 4, 2017.