USS Paul. F. Foster At Sea

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, 1974Launched - Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Feb 24, 1974Christening, Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss., Mrs. Paul F Foster, wife of Vice-admiral Foster assisted by Granddaughter Mrs. Greg Hinshaw
February 1, 1976Delivered - Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
February 21, 1976.Commissioned - Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
Feb 23, 1976Departed Ingalls for transit to new Homeport,   Passed through Panama canal 
Mar 08, 1976Stationed at 32nd Street Naval Station San Diego California, Visited by the Sec Def Donald Rumsfeild April 1976
Sep 01, 1976Overhaul Long Beach shipyard, Sea Sparrow installed
Feb 22, 1978Dry dock Long Beach
March 1978 to 6 Oct 781st Deployment, First Spruance Class Destroyer to Deploy to the Western Pacific.

Crossed international dateline, March 20th
ports in no order
Pearl Harbor
Oahu Hawaii
Philippines
Hong Kong
Korea
Japan
Pago Pago
Taipei Taiwan
Brisbane Aus

Crossed equator Sept 1st

Nov 13, 1979, June 4 19802nd Deployment, HSL-33-4.
Apr 07 to Oct 14 19823rd Deployment

HSL-33-4

North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean

Shellback Initiation - 31 MAY 1982 - Indian Ocean

Aug 01, 1983Changed Homeport to Long Beach Naval Station Long Beach California
Joined Destroyer Squadron 9
Aug 01, 1983Regular 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 19844th Deployment, HSL-35-2.
Mar 21, 1986Dependents Cruise Socal
May 09 to July 2  1986RIMPAC 1986
Aug 12, 1986 to Feb 8th 19875th Deployment, Ozpac-Operation Kernel Potlatch,

HSL-35-2
West Pac-Indian Ocean

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.

Guam
Brisbane Queensland
New Castle South Wales
Port Kembla NSW
Sydney
Melbourne
Adelaide
Perth
Freemantle
Diego Garcia

July 1 1987 to July 1 1988Regular Overhaul Portland Or - Over 55 major ship alterations, including installation of  MK 41 VLS and Lamps MK III
Feb 24 to Aug 24 19896th Deployment,

USS Enterprise CVN-65
HSL-47-4
WestPac/IO/PG (Operation Earnest Will: AFEM)

Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1989 - Indian Ocean Golden Shell Back
Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1989 - Indian Ocean

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.

Port visits
Pearl Harbor Mar 6 to 10
Subic Bay Mar 26 to Apr 2
Singapore Ap 7 to 11
Hong Kong
Phuket Thailand
Diego Garcia
Fremantle
Pattaya Beach Thailand
Pearl Harbor

Apr 27 to Jun 08 1990Rimpac 1990, Assigned to Battle Group XRAY
REFTRA 14 May to 01 Jun
Dec 08, 1990 to Jun 8 19917th 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
Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1991 - Pacific Ocean

HSL-45-3.

Ports
Dec 28 to Jan 1 Subic Bay
Jan 1 to Jan 3 Subic Bay, ammo onload
Feb 25 to Mar 1 Jebel Ali UAE -in theater TLAM reload from USS Acadia
Mar 14 to Mar 19 Jebel Ali UAE - Tender availability, USS McKee
Mar 19to Mar 26 Dubai
Apr 29 to 3 May Pattaya beach Thailand
May 8 t May 12 Hong Kong
May 15 to May 18 Subic Bay, ammo offload
May 31 Jun 1 Pearl Harbor-pick up Tigers
Jun 8 Long Beach

Aug 27  to Nov 26 1991Dry Dock 3, Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Crew moved off to barracks on Naval Station Long Beach
 
Jul 16, 1992Dependents cruise SOCAL
Jul 20, 1992 to Jan 20 19938th Deployment, Operation Desert Storm- Southern Watch, 

HSL-49-9.

West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf


Deploying for the eighth time on 20 July 1992, PAUL F. FOSTER returned to the Arabian Gulf where it operated in support of Operation Desert Storm- Southern Watch while participating in numerous bilateral exercises with Arabian Gulf Nations.


Port visit to war-torn Kuwait

Ports
Pearl Harbor 27 July
Guam 9 Aug
Singapore 16 Aug
Phuket 23 Aug
Colombo Sri Lanka 30 Aug
Bahrain 5 Sept
Bahrain 20 Sept
Kuwait City 26 Sept
Abu Dhabi UAE 4 Oct
Dubai UAE 7 Nov
Dubai UAE 21 Nov
Phuket 13 Dec
Hong Kong 24 Dec
Guam 27 Dec

Apr 23 to Oct 20  19949th Deployment, Operation Southern Watch,

HSL-47-10.

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, 1994Regular 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, 1995Changed Homeport to Naval Station Everett, Everett Washington
Feb 2 to Aug 21 199710th Deployment, Persian Gulf,

HSL-47-9.

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.

port visits
Pearl Harbor Feb 27-28
Guam Mar 10
Hong Kong Mar 15-18
Singapore Mar 23-25
Thailand Mar 26-29
Bahrain Apr 7-12, Apr 19-27, May 11-14, Jul 1-4
Dubai Apr 14-16
Jebel Ali Jun 6-10
UAE Jun 23-28
Diegp Garcia July 6-7
Fiji Jul 11
Feemantle/Perth Jul 19-22
Sydney Jul 28 Aug 1
Pearl Harbor Aug 13-15

Oct 01, 1997Dependents cruise Puget Sound with 100 visitors onboard
Jan 27 to July 26 199911th Deployment, Operation Iron Siren, Eager Sentry,  and Arabian Gauntlet, 

HSL43-5.

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.


On 24 March, while conducting conduct a functional check flight, Battlecat 27 crashed into the waters of the Central Arabian Coast. All members of the flight crew were rescued by crewmembers of PAUL F. FOSTER. (1999 ship command history) April 12th outfitted with new Helicopter

ports
Pearl Harbor Feb 2
Hong Kong Feb 19
Singapore Feb 27
Phuket Mar 5
Jebel Ali UAE Apr 3
Jebel Ali UAE May 1
Crossing equator June 12
Darwin Aus June 18
Mackay Aus Jun 27
Suva Fiji July 6
Pearl Harbor July 16
Tiger cruise July 20
Everett Wa July 26

Aug 27, 1999Dependents cruise Elliot Bay Wa.
Jan 12 to Jun 28 200112th Deployment,

HSL-45-9.

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
  • Rose Festival Portland Oregon with USS Frederick LST-1184, USS Ford FFG-54, USS Valey Forge CG-50
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.

In the SINKEX, five naval warships formed a battle line to engage an "enemy" ship some 30 miles (48 km) north of Kauai. The Peruvian Navy frigate BAP MONTERO (FM 53), Chilean Navy patrol frigate CS LYNCH (PF 07), guided missile cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70), destroyer USS PAUL F. FOSTER (DD 964), and guided missile destroyer USS LASSEN (DDG 82) took their position three miles (about 5 km) from the RATHBURNE and fired a variety of missiles and naval guns in succession.

Other platforms participating in the sinking included the guided missile destroyer USS O’KANE (DDG 77), U.S. Coast Guard high performance cutter HAMILTON (WHEC 715), and aircraft of VP-9, and VMFA-321.

Naval gunfire from participating units and two AGM-84D Harpoon missiles fired from a USN P-3C Orion aircraft helped sink the RATHBURNE.

A P-3C Orion aircraft approached the RATHBURNE at 300 knots and fired the first of two Harpoon missiles from 20 miles (18 km) away. Then the aircraft followed its missile to see what it did to the ship.

The missile blasted through the hull at the starboard-aft quarter near the waterline. The concussion blew the steel doors off the ship’s hangar. The hit also caused a large explosion and a lot of smoke followed. The RATHBURNE sunk on July 5, 2002, at 022° 11' 42.0" North, 160° 13' 07.0" West.

Jun 18 to Dec 15 200213th Deployment,

HSL-43-3.

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
conjunction with the Indian Navy), and ANNUAL-EX off the coast of Japan.

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.

 HSL-43-3

  • 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
    conjunction with the Indian Navy), and ANNUAL-EX off the coast of Japan.
  • July 1 to July 18  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.
  • July 5th Sinkex ex USS Ratheburne FF-1057 and ex USS Holt
  • July 18 to 21 Pearl Harbor
  • July 24 Inchop 7th Fleet.
  • Aug 22 to Aug 27 Bali, Provinces of Indonesia
  • Sept 25 to Sept 27 Cochin, India
  • Sept 2 to Sept 6 Phuket / Pattaya Beach, Thailand
  • Sept 27 to Oct 3 Malibar
  • Singapore
  • Oct 16 Hong Kong Hong Kong, China
  • Naval Base White Beach, Uruma
  • Nov? Okinawa, Japan
  • Nov 11-22 exercise Annual ex 14G off coast of Japan
  • Nov 24th to Nov 28th Qingdao/ Beijing China 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.
  • Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Dec 5  Inchop 3rd Fleet.
  • Dec 8 to Dec 10  Pearl Harbor
  • Dec 15 San Francisco, CA
  • Dec 20 Everett Wa
Mar 14, 2003Decommissioned Everett Wa,
Apr 01, 2003After Decommissioning a skeleton crew sails Foster to Naval Surface Warfare Center at Port Hueneme
2002
Mar 16 2005Designated 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.[3] 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, 20091st 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, 2011Wired.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 2011ex-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, 20122nd Association reunion, Las Vegas NV,
Jul 25, 20143rd 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, 2016ex-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, 20164th 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