CMDCM Donna BaraoidanCongratulations on your orders to USS COWPENS (CG 63) and welcome onboard as a crewmember of the “Thundering Herd”. You are about to embark on an exciting tour of duty based in your new homeport, beautiful San Diego, CA. The ship has a proud heritage dating back to our namesake battle in the revolutionary war near Cowpens, South Carolina. We possess significant capabilities in all warfare areas. The AEGIS combat system is well known for its support to Air Defense and our strike capability is centered on the Tomahawk weapons system.

As the Command Master Chief, please allow me to assist you in ensuring a successful transition to your new home in San Diego. If you’ve received your orders, it is our focus to ensure your sponsor is assigned and contacts you as soon as possible. If you have not been contacted by your sponsor email me at Additionally, you will receive a Naval Message from the command with some important information concerning overseas screening. As your Command Master Chief, my conviction is to make certain that you and your family are well taken care of. Proactive engagement on your part with your sponsor and our Ombudsman (, can solve many issues and concerns before you arrive onboard, thus paving the way for a smooth transition.

Once you report, we will ensure you receive an effective indoctrination, assignment of a mentor and the opportunity to immediately apply your specific skill sets to USS COWPENS. Welcome aboard!!! We can’t wait to have you as a member of the “Thundering Herd”.

Donna K. Baraoidan
Command Master Chief

Contact Information
Mailing Address:
USS Cowpens (CG 63)
Unit 100138 Box 1
FPO AP 96662-1183
Quarterdeck number: (619) 556-4498

Where to Report
Currently USS Cowpens is located at Naval Base San Diego.  The Officer of the Deck will endorse your orders.  Your sponsor will arrange for berthing and show you around the ship.

If you require travel assistance, you must contact your sponsor in advance, in addition to informing your chain of command of your travel intentions.  We are here to assist you.

The uniform of the day is Navy Working Uniform with black boots.  Uniform of the day is typically required for schools.  While coveralls are authorized, it is not authorized to wear to and from your residence or to and from work.

Daily Routine
Normal working hours are from 0730-1600.

Navy Family Service Center
Naval Base San Diego provides numerous information and referral services.  These include crisis intervention and after-hour assistance.

How do I get a sponsor?
To get a sponsor - Click Here and email the command. Someone should contact you shortly.

What if my sponsor hasn’t been able to contact me yet?
Email the Command Master Chief at

How do I get in touch with the ship?
The ship can be reached via mail at:
Via email:

What uniform should I wear while PCS’ing?
While it was once common in the past for personnel to transit/PCS in uniform, this is no longer a good practice. When traveling on military orders you should always wear conservative civilian attire. You will need your uniforms to check in.

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 Cowpens (CG 63)

San Diego, CA

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