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Message From the CO

01 March 2024

From: Commanding Officer, USS CHAFEE (DDG 90)

To: Prospective Shipmates and Friends of the CHAFEE Family


Congratulations on receiving orders to USS CHAFEE (DDG 90). You are joining the crew of the mightiest destroyer in the Fleet, home ported in San Diego, California. Please email and we will provide you with a sponsor to help make your transition as smooth as possible. We are excited to have you on board and welcome you to the CHAFEE Family!

The CHAFEE honors the storied history and legacy of John Hubbard Chafee, who served as a United States Marine during World War II, fighting tenaciously in the jungles of Guadalcanal, Okinawa and in the Korean War as part of the First Marine Battalion. After his service in the Marines, Chafee was eventually elected as the 66th Governor of Rhode Island before serving as the 60th Secretary of the Navy. He ended his civil service as a US Senator from Rhode Island. We are honored to carry his namesake on our hull.

Should you have any questions that your sponsor is unable to answer, please feel free to contact the Command Master Chief, the Executive Officer, or me. We’d be happy to provide you with all the necessary information to ease your transfer to our exalted ship and if you will be arriving with dependents, we’re happy to put you (and them) in touch with our Command Ombudsman. Please know that you will never be alone as a member of this crew and that you always have multiple people standing by to support you and your family at any time.

When you arrive to the CHAFEE, you will be joining the greatest TEAM in the Navy! The War Dogs do everything with their fellow service members in mind and will push you to become not only the greatest individual sailor you can be, but to become an integral member of any number of smaller teams that make CHAFEE the most lethal ship in the Pacific. By raising your right hand and joining the Navy you are already special, CHAFEE will ask you to rise to ever greater heights and achieve excellence. You won’t do this alone, we’ll all be there to support you, and although the job will be hard and difficult at times, you’ll have some fun along the way.

Ultimately, during your tour in CHAFEE and in the Navy, we want you to feel the immense pride that service to your country should inspire in you. You will face adversity here, no doubt about it, but the way that you fight through that adversity will define you as both a United States sailor and a War Dog. We will pass through many trials and tribulations as a crew and will lean on the collective pride that what we do serves a higher calling – defense of the Nation. Be ready to rise to the occasion! Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War!

Commanding the Seas!

CDR Michael Beer
Commanding Officer


Welcome Aboard USS CHAFEE (DDG 90)! USS Chafee

Welcome Aboard USS CHAFEE (DDG 90)!

Team Chafee is excited to have you joining us in San Diego, California.


To contact the ship, call the quarter deck at: (619) 556-3868


If you are in need of a sponsor, use the proper link provided. Sponsor Coordinator


Below is listed some important info that you should review before you transfer:



You are assigned a sponsor to give you a point of contact to help with your move. The key to a smooth transition is your sponsor, who in turn can help arrange your TLE accommodations, provide transportation from the airport, check you in to the command and provide you with general information about the community and on-station facilities. Contact your sponsor as soon as possible to make sure your move is as smooth as possible. Additionally, please ensure you update your contact information in NSIPS to aid CHAFEE’s sponsor coordinator when connecting you with your sponsor.

OMBUDSMAN: (Mrs. Anderson)

Hotel reservations

It is advisable to make reservations well in advance. Your sponsor can help you, although you will be required to finalize your reservation with the hotel of your choice. Hotel accommodations are usually plentiful except during the high tourist seasons (June through August), so make your reservations early. Accommodations must be Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) approved.


Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)

TLE is an allowance to help offset the cost of living in hotels during your PCS move. TLE is based on the per diem rate and reimbursable up to 14 days. TLE is not paid in advance, but is paid after filing a completed claim with receipts and endorsements. Most TLE approved hotels will allow you to pay your bill after you are reimbursed. It's still advisable to have at least $1,500 in traveler's checks to meet immediate off-base living expenses. TLE is authorized for all command sponsored military personnel arriving on Permanent Change of Station orders pending availability of government housing, or pending completion of permanent living arrangements. While TLE is optional, it is authorized only in the vicinity of your old/new Permanent Duty Station (PDS). You will not be reimbursed for any days of temporary lodging prior to the report date endorsed on your orders. DO ensure you receive a zeroed out receipt from your hotel along with a CNA from Unaccompanied Housing.


Advanced application for housing

You can make your initial appointment with the housing office as far as 30 days in advance of your arrival on the island. This initial appointment can be made by you or by your sponsor. Upon checking in to PSD, the Administration Office will provide you with a copy of your PCS Orders showing the time and date you reported, a copy of your detaching endorsement showing when you detached your last command and a copy of your Page 2. You will need these documents to check in to the Navy Family Housing Office.

Large appliances

All Navy Housing units are equipped with a refrigerator, range, washer and dryer. Ranges and refrigerators are provided for use on base and in private rental housing when not provided by the landlord as part of the rental agreement. Consider bringing lawn care equipment such as lawn mowers and weed eaters, etc. These items are available for use to family housing residents through self-help stores, but may not be available at the time you want them.


Express shipment

You are authorized an unaccompanied baggage shipment (often called an express shipment). This shipment should be limited to clothing, linens, dishes, towels, cooking utensils and other housekeeping items. You may also ship cribs, playpens, baby carriages and articles necessary for the immediate care of your children. Small radios, portable televisions, sewing machines and small appliances may also be shipped.


Automobile shipments

Each service member is authorized to ship one privately owned vehicle at government expense to San Diego if executing a PCS from an OCONUS duty station. You must have permission from the lien holder to transport the vehicle to San Diego. If the vehicle is co-registered, you must also show that person’s permission to ship the vehicle. Expect at least 30-45 days for OCONUS to CONUS vehicle shipments.






The local airport is San Diego International Airport located 6.8 miles (14.4 km) from Naval Base San Diego dry side. Travel time to NBSD dry side is approximately 15-20 minutes by car during non-rush hour. Your sponsor will most likely be the one greeting you at the airport and will help you get settled into your initial accommodations.


Approximately $25 from the airport to NBSD dry side during the non-rush hour period.


Rental cars

SATO Travel office also has cooperative agreements with local commercial car rental agencies. Prices range from $28.00 to $58.00. For current information, call your local SATO Travel office or call the San Diego office. The minimum renter age for both is 21 years.


Checking in your records

Your first day on the job should be focused on turning in your service records. This starts the process of pay and entitlements. You will need to update your Page 2 and turn in your travel claim. The Administrative Office will assist you in filling out these documents.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.

2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.

3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to

4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military.

5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency.

6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.

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USS Chafee (DDG 90)
San Diego, CA



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