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DDG 84 Bulkeley

DDG-84 was commissioned on Dec. 8 2001. Bulkeley is the 34th of 58 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress, and the 14th of this class to be built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. DDG 51 destroyers are the most capable surface warships ever built. Truly multi-mission combatants, these ships can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy.

The shield on the coat of arms, 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. Silver anchors flanking the lion reflect the devotion and commitment of US Navy Sailors ensuring the TORCH OF FREEDOM remains forever lit for future generations of Americans.

A WW II PT Boat on the crest, 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.

John Duncan Bulkeley

The ship 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.

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