USS Paul F Foster DD-964 Timeline
Ship and Assocation History
We are assembleing a list of every significant event during the service of USS Paul F. Foster DD-964 and EDD-964. If you have any additions or clarifications please let us know!
|February 6, 1973|
Keel Laid- Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Sponsored by: Mrs. Isabelle L. Foster, widow ofPaul F Foster.
|February 23, 1974||Launched - Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Feb 24, 1974||Christening, Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss., Mrs. Paul F Foster, wife of Vice-admiral Foster assisted by Granddaughter Mrs. Greg Hinshaw|
|February 1, 1976||Delivered - Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|February 21, 1976.||Commissioned - Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Feb 23, 1976||Departed Ingalls for transit to new Homeport, Passed through Panama canal|
|Mar 08, 1976||Stationed at 32nd Street Naval Station San Diego California, Visited by the Sec Def Donald Rumsfeild April 1976|
|Sep 01, 1976||Overhaul Long Beach shipyard, Sea Sparrow installed|
|Feb 22, 1978||Dry dock Long Beach|
|March 1978 to 6 Oct 78||1st Deployment, First Spruance Class Destroyer to Deploy to the Western Pacific.|
Crossed international dateline, March 20th
Crossed equator Sept 1st
|Nov 13, 1979, June 4 1980||2nd Deployment, HSL-33-4.|
|Apr 07 to Oct 14 1982||3rd Deployment|
North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
Shellback Initiation - 31 MAY 1982 - Indian Ocean
|Aug 01, 1983||Changed Homeport to Long Beach Naval Station Long Beach California|
Joined Destroyer Squadron 9
|Aug 01, 1983||Regular Overhaul Long Beach, Converted to All Electric Destroyer|
add 4th GTG switchboard
removed all waste heat boilers and steam service
installed all-electric services
|Aug 29 to Sec 20 1984||4th Deployment, HSL-35-2.|
|Mar 21, 1986||Dependents Cruise Socal|
|May 09 to July 2 1986||RIMPAC 1986|
|Aug 12, 1986 to Feb 8th 1987||5th Deployment, Ozpac-Operation Kernel Potlatch,|
Battle Group Charlie USS Carl Vinson
Aug 16th PFF rescued six sailors that had been swept off USS Carl Vinson CVN-70
Crossing the line Sept 10, 1986, longitude 143 east Latitude 00 00 00
During a fifth deployment beginning in August 1986 with Desron Nine as part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group, Paul F. Foster was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for her performance in Operation Kernel Potlatch in the North Pacific and the Bering Sea.
|July 1 1987 to July 1 1988||Regular Overhaul Portland Or - Over 55 major ship alterations, including installation of MK 41 VLS and Lamps MK III|
|Feb 24 to Aug 24 1989||6th Deployment,|
USS Enterprise CVN-65
Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1989 - Indian Ocean Golden Shell Back
Paul F. Foster departed on its sixth Western Pacific/Indian Ocean deployment on 24 February 1989 in company with the Ranger Battle Group. Conducting operations in the northern Arabian Sea, she was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
|Apr 27 to Jun 08 1990||Rimpac 1990, Assigned to Battle Group XRAY|
REFTRA 14 May to 01 Jun
|Dec 08, 1990 to Jun 8 1991||7th Deployment, Operations Desert Shield-Desert Storm,|
On 2 August 1990, Iraqi forces invaded the emirate of Kuwait and Saddam Hussein, the President of Iraq, announced a few days later that it was annexed as the 19th province of Iraq. In addition to condemning the invasion as a violation of international law, the United States responded by deploying military forces to the Persian Gulf.
On 8 December 1990, USS PAUL F. FOSTER departed Long Beach on its seventh overseas deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield
On 17 January 1991 , USS PAUL F. FOSTER transited from Operations Desert Shield to Desert Storm with the launch of Tomahawks at 0141 local time, launching 9 Tomahawks that first night
Early on the morning of 17 January 1991, USS Wisconsin, acting as Tomahawk Strike Warfare Commander for the Persian Gulf, directed the sequence of Tomahawk launches that initiated the opening of hostilities in Operation Desert Storm. Paul F. Foster (DD-964) fired the first Tomahawk missile from the Persian Gulf at 0140:20. Her shot was quickly followed by five other ships in the Persian Gulf Strike Force. Wisconsin's eight missiles were included in a total of 47 Tomahawks fired in the initial volley. During the next two days, Wisconsin fired a total of 24 Tomahawk land attack missiles, while continuing to coordinate the successful launch of 213 of 214 assigned Persian Gulf Tomahawk strike missions. The battleship also assumed responsibilities as the local anti-surface warfare coordinator for the Northern Persian Gulf Surface Action Group.
44 days Combat 17 Jan to 28 Feb 1991, USS Paul F Foster earns a combat action ribbon
Jan 11 to April 22, 96 days in a combat zone
Shellback Initiation - 10 FEB 1991 - Pacific Ocean
|Aug 27 to Nov 26 1991||Dry Dock 3, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Crew moved off to barracks on Naval Station Long Beach|
|Jul 16, 1992||Dependents cruise SOCAL|
|Jul 20, 1992 to Jan 20 1993||8th Deployment, Operation Desert Storm- Southern Watch, |
West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
|Apr 23 to Oct 20 1994||9th Deployment, Operation Southern Watch,|
Deployment Arabian Gulf Operation Southern Watch
During the ship's most recent deployment, its ninth, Paul F. FOSTER served with USS CARL VINSON Battle Group and was the first ship on the scene to provide assistance to a burning ocean-going tug, GLORIOUS CITY, putting out the fire and saving its crew of seven.
|Oct 20, 1994||Regular overhaul Long Beach, Upon returning from deployment on 20 October 1994, PAUL F. FOSTER entered into a regular overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard where several of the latest technology weapons, sensors and engineering systems were added. After completion of overhaul, PAUL F. FOSTER moved to its new homeport of Everett, Washington arriving in November 1995.|
|Nov 01, 1995||Changed Homeport to Naval Station Everett, Everett Washington|
|Feb 2 to Aug 21 1997||10th Deployment, Persian Gulf,|
JUL 1997 Shellback initiation
During the ship's tenth deployment which began February 21, 1997, PAUL F. FOSTER was a part of the multinational force in the Arabian Gulf, enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
|Oct 01, 1997||Dependents cruise Puget Sound with 100 visitors onboard|
|Jan 27 to July 26 1999||11th Deployment, Operation Iron Siren, Eager Sentry, and Arabian Gauntlet, |
PAUL F. FOSTER departed for its eleventh deployment on January 27, 1999. While serving as part of the Pacific Middle East Force, PAUL F. FOSTER participated in OPERATION IRON SIREN, EAGER SENTRY, and ARABIAN GAUNTLET. In addition, the ship conducted boardings in support of United Nations Sanctions against Iraq.
|Aug 27, 1999||Dependents cruise Elliot Bay Wa.|
|Jan 12 to Jun 28 2001||12th Deployment,|
On January 12, 2001 USS PAUL F. FOSTER departed Naval Station Everett, WA, for a six-month Middle East Force deployment
|June 6th to June 10th 2002|
|July 1st to July 18th 2002|
Rimpac 2002 U.S. Navy ships: USS Lassen, USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Crommelin (FFG 37), USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964) and USS Tarawa (LHA 1) along with ships from Peru, Chile, Japan, Canada, Australia, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom are currently participating in a biennial exercise "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) 2002, off the coast of Hawaii.
The multi-national forces participating in RIMPAC 2002 conducted a ship-sinking exercise (SINKEX) at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), off the coast of Kauai on July 5, 2002. A variety of surface-to-surface missiles and naval guns were used to sink RATHBURNE.
|Jun 18 to Dec 15 2002||13th Deployment,|
PAUL F. FOSTERs thirteenth and final deployment began 17 June 2002, over the course of which several multinational exercises including RIMPAC in Hawaii, MALABAR (in
Nov. 28, USS Paul F. Foster (DD 964) departed Qingdao, China, after a four-day port visit, completing the first U.S. Navy ship visit to mainland China since March 2001.
The Spruance-class destroyer's visit was one in a series of recent exchanges between China and the United States.
During the visit, the ship's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Chuck Nygaard, met with military and government officials including Vice Adm. Ding Yi Ping, China's Commander, North Sea Naval Fleet, Senior Capt. Guo Shouqian, China's Deputy Chief of Staff, North Sea Naval Fleet and the Deputy Mayor of Qingdao.
|Mar 14, 2003||Decommissioned Everett Wa,|
|Apr 01, 2003||After Decommissioning a skeleton crew sails Foster to Naval Surface Warfare Center at Port Hueneme|
|Mar 16 2005||Designated as Self Defence Test Ship, Began service as Self Defense Test Ship ( Designated EDD 964 ) on March 16, 2005 in Port Hueneme, Ca.|
Transferred to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Ca
Paul F. Foster was designated to replace ex-Decatur as a test ship for the Navy, a role she assumed in 2005. In support of this new role, the now ex-Paul F. Foster was assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division. She is the only ship of her class that exists as of 2019, as all of her sister ships we either scrapped or sunk as targets upon decommissioning.
|Sept 18th, 2009||1st Association reunion, Ventura Ca. A steel beach picnic was held on the S.D.T.S on Friday, on Sat Sept 19th a meeting was held at the Crown Plaza in Ventura and the Association was voted for and created that day.|
|April 8th, 2011||Wired.com reported that ex-Paul F. Foster had successfully used the Maritime Laser Demonstrator for the first time in a sea-to-sea target test, sinking a small inflatable motorboat at a range of one mile in rough seas.|
|November 17th 2011||ex-Paul F. Foster demonstrated the use of shipboard alternative fuel, while underway in the Pacific Ocean on a 50/50 blend of an algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum F-76. The ship arrived Thursday morning to the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Port Hueneme in Southern California after traveling for 17 hours on a maiden trip from San Diego.|
|Apr 28, 2012||2nd Association reunion, Las Vegas NV,|
|Jul 25, 2014||3rd Association reunion, Ventura Ca,, a steel beach picnic was held on the S.D.T.S on Friday, on Sat a meeting was held at the Crown Plaza in Ventura|
|July 18th, 2016||ex-Paul F. Foster performed a test launch of the LRASM Anti-ship missile from her Mark 41 Vertical Launching System while underway in the Pacific Ocean.|
|Sep 24, 2016||4th Association Reunion, Caribbean Cruise|
USS Paul F Foster DD-964 2016 Reunion Caribbean Cruise
The official USS Paul F. Foster DD-964 Association reunion
4 DAY WESTERN CARIBBEAN on CARNIVAL SENSATION
|Sep 27, 2019,||5th Association Reunion, Ventura Ca. September 26th to September 30th, 2019Ventura Beach California Steel beach picnic on SDTS|
|February 21st, 2026||50th Anniversary of Commissioning, Save the Date|