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USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG-95)


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CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Commissioned 11 December 2004 at Charleston, SC.
Active unit of the U.S. Navy.
Homeported at Norfolk, VA.

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Williams 49kJames Elliott Williams (13 November 1930 – 13 October 1999) was born in Fort Mill, South Carolina and moved two months later with his parents to Darlington, South Carolina where he spent his early childhood and youth. He attended the local schools and graduated from St. John's high school. He was a sailor of the United States Navy during the 1950s and 1960s. He is, also, the most highly decorated enlisted man in the history of the U.S. Navy.

In July 1947, at the age of 16, he entered the United States Navy where he served for twenty years, retiring in April 1967. During those twenty years he served in both the Korean and Vietnam War.
In Vietnam, the petty officer was assigned to the River Patrol Force whose mission was to intercept Viet Cong arms shipments on the waterways of South Vietnam's Mekong Delta. On 31 October 1966, Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Williams, patrol commander for his boat, River Patrol Boat 105, and another PBR was searching for Viet Cong guerrillas operating in an isolated area of the Mekong Delta. Suddenly, Communist guerrillas manning two sampans opened fire on the Americans. When Williams and his men neutralized one boat crew, the other one escaped into a nearby canal. The PBR sailors gave chase and soon found themselves in a beehive of enemy activity as Viet Cong guerrillas opened up with rocket propelled grenades and small arms against the Americans from fortified river bank positions.

Against overwhelming odds, several times Williams led his PBRs against concentrations of enemy junks and sampans. He also called for support from the heavily armed UH-1B Huey helicopters of Navy Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron 3, the "Seawolves." When that help arrived, he kicked off another attack in the failing light, cleverly turning on his boats' searchlights to illuminate enemy forces and positions. As a result of the three-hour battle, the American naval force killed numerous Viet Cong guerrillas, destroyed over fifty vessels, and disrupted a major enemy logistic operation. BM1 Williams not only displayed great courage under fire, but a keen understanding of how his sailors, weapons, and equipment could be used to achieve victory.

On 14 May 1968, President Lyndon Johnson, in the name of Congress, presented Williams the Medal of Honor. His other awards include the Navy Cross, Silver Star (with one gold award star), the Legion of Merit (with Valor Device), the Navy and Marine Corps Medal with gold star, Bronze Star Medal with two gold stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star and Palm, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation with one service star, Purple Heart with two gold stars, Vietnam Service Medal with bronze service star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Korean War Service Medal, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal with four bronze service stars.

Chief Petty Officer Williams retired from active service in 1967 and was employed with the Wackenhut Corporation. In 1969, he was appointed U. S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina where he served until May 1977. He was then transferred to Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia as an instructor and National Armorer. He was called back to South Carolina in July 1979 under court appointment as U. S. Marshal for South Carolina and served in that position until April 1980. He was then transferred to U. S. Marshal service Headquarters, Washington, D. C. as Programs Manager, Health and Safety and In-District Training Officer where he served until his retirement from the U. S. Marshals Service with the grade of GS-18.

He was married to the former Elaine Weaver. They had five children and seven grandchildren. He is now buried at the Florence National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina.

Photo: Steven A. Cardali
Williams 49kArtist's conception of the Williams as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Williams 129kJune 20 2003, Lee Ervin welds on a fixture built for new ship assemblies as the Aegis guided missile destroyer, James E. Williams (DDG 95), prepares for translation and launch. The 21st Aegis destroyer built at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems will be christened at the sector's Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., Saturday, June 28.Bill Gonyo
Williams 48kChistening Ceremony pamphlet.Steven A. Cardali
Williams 200kJune 30 2003, Mrs. Elaine Weaver Williams, of Darlington, S.C., ship's sponsor for the Aegis guided missile destroyer James E. Williams (DDG 95), smashes a bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship named in honor of her husband, James Elliott Williams. Mrs. Williams' two daughters, Gail Williams Patterson, left, and Debbie Williams Clark, supported their mother as her matrons of honor. More than 1,000 guests attended the ceremony held at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss.Bill Gonyo
Williams 98kUSS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) and USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) on super trials prior to commissioning.Ed Izzi
Williams 126kUSS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) and USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) on super trials prior to commissioning.Ed Izzi
Williams 112kUSS James E. Williams (DDG-95) on super trials prior to commissioning.Ed Izzi
Williams 170kUSS James E. Williams (DDG-95) on super trials prior to commissioning.Ed Izzi
Williams 134kCharleston, S.C., December 7 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) prepares to moor on board Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C.Fred Weiss
Williams 117kAs above.Fred Weiss
Williams 95k041207-N-5613J-002. Charleston, SC, December 7 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) prepares to moor on board Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C. James E. Williams will be commissioned Saturday, Dec. 11th, as the 45th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer authorized by Congress. The ship honors Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class James E. Williams, the Navy's highest decorated enlisted Sailor, having been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery and leadership in 1966 while serving as patrol boat captain and patrol commander of River Patrol Boat (PBR) 105 on the Mekong River, Republic of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Bart Jackson.Bill Gonyo
Williams 104kCover of the Commissioning pamphlet.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 127kManning the Rails, December 11 2004, Officers and crewmembers of USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) take their positions on the Aegis guided missile destroyer near the end of commissioning ceremonies for the 21st Aegis guided missile destroyer by Northrop Grumman. The ceremony, held in Charleston, S.C. in front of 1,500 guests, officially places DDG 95 in the Atlantic fleet as part of Destroyer Squadron 22. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman.Bill Gonyo
Williams 67kAtlantic Ocean, November 17 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) pulls along side the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) prior to an underway replenishment.Tony Cowart
Williams 111k051117-N-3527B-144. Atlantic Ocean, November 17 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) pulls along side the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) prior to an underway replenishment. This was the second time in the history of Wasp where the ship has provided fuel to a destroyer. Wasp is currently conducting routine operations in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Timothy Bensken.Bill Gonyo
Williams 35kTwo views of the Williams moored to the outer breakwater of the harbor at Rhodes, Greece in 2006.Russ Moody
Williams 48kAs above.Russ Moody
Williams 201k060315-N-3863B-087. Norfolk, Va., March 15 2006, USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Degregory, briefs the media during a damage control training drill. The guided-missile destroyer continues shipboard training (SHIPTRAIN) through the use of the Fleet Readiness Training Plan (FRTP), a 27-month training cycle. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Jill Broecher.Bill Gonyo
Williams 88k060425-N-7987M-039. Norfolk, VA, April 25 2006, Seaman Jonathan Ringly shines the bell on the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) at Naval Station Norfolk. Williams is preparing to depart on her maiden deployment as a member of the Enterprise Carrier Strike group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Mandy Mclaurin.Bill Gonyo
Williams 71k060502-N-4867S-010, Norfolk, VA, May 2 2006, the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departs Naval Station Norfolk on a surge deployment as a part of the Global War on Terrorism Surface Strike Group (GWOT SSG) 06-2. GWOT SSG 06-2 will provide presence and strike power to support joint and allied forces afloat and ashore.Tony Cowart
Williams 197kThe USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG-95) in Augusta Bay, Sicily on May 26 2006.Primo Acireale
Williams 44k061017-N-4515N-036, Norfolk, VA, October 17 2006, the Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) man the rails as it pulls into port at Naval Station Norfolk. James E. Williams and a crew of over 300 Sailors conducted anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia during their maiden deployment as part of the Maritime Security Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Adam Nuzzo Tony Cowart
Williams 36k061017-N-4515N-008, as above.Tony Cowart
Williams 40k061017-N-4515N-075, as above.Tony Cowart
Williams 42k061017-N-4515N-078, as above.Tony Cowart
Williams 133k070709-N-9640H-087. Norfolk, Va., July 9 2007, tugs escort the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) during under way evolutions off the coast. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriela Hurtado.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 111k070904-N-4014G-048. Indian Ocean, September 4,2007, sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) watch as USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) pulls alongside for a personnel transfer via a rigid hull inflatable boat. Porter is conducting maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations with Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser Robert M. Cieri
Williams 45k071130-N-5928K-002. Red Sea, November 30, 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) transits the Red Sea. James E. Williams is underway on a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class N.C. Kaylor.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 171k 071219-N-4515N-046. Norfolk, Va., December 19 2007, friends and family gather pier side at Naval Station Norfolk to await the arrival of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95). The landing ship dock USS Ashland LSD 48 can be seen in the background. Sailors assigned to DDG 95 return to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group deployed to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility to support theater security cooperation and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Adam Nuzzo.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 111kNorfolk, Virginia, April 27 2008.Larry Backus
Williams 107kNorfolk, Virginia, April 27 2008.Larry Backus
Williams 91k 080908-N-8154G-007. Atlantic Ocean, September 8 2008, USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) receives fuel during a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is at sea after completing HURREX 08-002. HURREX was a Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet-directed exercise designed to test the ship's ability to respond to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs during the 2008 hurricane season. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy L. Grisham.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 168k091001-N-0780F-043. Souda Bay, Greece, October 1 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) prepares to go underway after a routine port visit to Crete. James E. Williams is homeported in Norfolk and has been on a scheduled six-month deployment since April, operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 106k091001-N-0780F-052. Souda Bay, Greece, October 1 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) prepares to go underway after a routine port visit to Crete. James E. Williams is homeported in Norfolk and has been on a scheduled six-month deployment since April, operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 200k120201-N-OP638-007. Atlantic Ocean, February 1 2012, tThe guided-missile destroyers USS McFaul (DDG 74), left, and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), right, steam alongside the fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) for a replenishment at sea (RAS). McFaul and James E. Williams are under way participating in exercise Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is a joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise involving several foreign militaries and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, designed to execute brigade-sized amphibious assaults against low-to-medium land and maritime threats to improve amphibious core competencies. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 204k120402-N-WO496-038. Mediterranean Sea, April 2 2012, aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), left, Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Nitze (DDG 94) and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) conduct a replenishment at sea. The ships were deployed as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex R. Forster, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 213k140318-N-GS541-001. Atlantic Ocean, March 18 2014, the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) transits the Atlantic Ocean en route to Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior 14-1. Joint Warrior is a semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Williams 138k140318-N-WX580-019. Atlantic Ocean, March 18 2014, ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 (Williams in the center) transit the Atlantic Ocean in support of exercise Joint Warrior 14-1. Joint Warrior is a semi-annual, United Kingdom-led training exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lacordrick Wilson.Ron Reeves
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James E. Williams (DDG-95) approaching Kiel, as seen from the beach at Laboe, Germany, 16 June 2017.
Lucas Blaszczak
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James E. Williams (DDG-95) moored at Kiel, Germany, 17 June 2017.
Lucas Blaszczak
Williams 995k170926-N-GX781-074 Atlantic Ocean, September 26, 2017. Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) hold the distance line during a replenishment-at-sea with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary fast fleet tanker RFA Wave Knight (A389), Sept. 26, 2017. James E. Williams, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston/Released)Dave Wright
Williams 29kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Williams 80kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Williams 77kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Williams 68kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS DDG-95 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR Philip Warren Vance    Dec 11 2004 - Feb 17 2006

CDR Ian Michael Hall    Feb 17 2006 - Jun 28 2007

CDR Timothy Robert Trampenau    Jun 28 2007 - Dec 2008

CDR Paul W. Marquis    Dec 2008 - Dec 4 2009

CDR Anthony John Linardi III    Dec 4 2009 - 2011

CDR Christopher Micha Senenko    2011 - Dec 7 2012

CDR Curtis Shannon Calloway    Dec 7 2012 - Sep 16 2014

CAPT Anthony Louis Simmons    Sep 16 2014 - Oct 9 2014

CDR Heidi Dawn Haskins    Oct 9 2014 - Mar 4 2016

CDR Roderick D. Magee    Mar 4 2016 - unknown date

CDR Allen 'M' Siegrist    unknown date - present


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