The visit concluded with an All Hands Call in which each member of the Stethem family gave heartfelt remarks to the crew. Each family member spoke about the importance and symbolism of the ship and thanked each Steelworker for their unwavering dedication in defending the United States of America. The remarks made by the family were an opportunity to reflect and appreciate Robert’s exceptional heroism and his impact that is still felt today.
The All Hands Call also recognized Steelworkers GM1 Christopher Brown, STG2 Ethan Saylor and BM3 Kevin Catilo for being frocked to the next paygrade, as well as FCA2 Austin Halliburton for earning his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification.
The Steelworkers of USS Stethem continue to maintain a close relationship with both the Stethem family and SeaBee community. Earlier this year the Steelworkers of USS Stethem and Seabees of Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 1 gathered to honor the 36th anniversary of the passing of Robert Stethem during a memorial ceremony on June 15th, 2021, onboard the ship.
Past and present Steelworkers are firmly committed to preserving the Stethem legacy of steadfast devotion to duty and courageous service. His spirit lives on and can be observed daily in the Steelworkers and in the ship that is Robbie’s destroyer.
USS Stethem is currently homeported in San Diego, California at Naval Base San Diego undergoing Basic Phase training as a proud member of Destroyer Squadron 9.