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     Welcome aboard! Congratulations on your assignment to USS PREBLE (DDG 88). We are looking forward to you joining our team on one of the most technologically advanced Destroyers in the world. In an effort to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible for you and your family (if applicable), I am providing you with important points of contact to assist every stage of your Permanent Change of Station (PCS).

     USS Preble was commissioned in 2002. We are the sixth warship to be named in honor of Commodore Edward Preble –a United States Naval Officer who served in the Revolutionary War, the Quasi Wars, and the first Barbary War. Today, USS PREBLE (DDG 88) is one of a kind as the first destroyer in the world to be equipped with a high-energy laser.

     If you don’t have a sponsor, please send an email to, and one will be assigned to you right away. Please provide your name, rank, e-mail, and phone number. Once your sponsor is assigned, feel free to join our USS PREBLE (DDG 88) Family and Crew Facebook group. Your sponsor will provide the password to access that page upon request.

     Another essential resource is our Command Ombudsman—a professionally trained information & referral specialist for our families. Our Command Ombudsman can be reached via email at

     USS PREBLE is currently homeported in San Diego, CA; however, we will perform a homeport change to Yokosuka, Japan in 2024. This is an exciting time! Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) are the tip of the spear and offer a unique experience for Sailors and their families. Even so, I am sensitive to the fact that being stationed overseas for the first time may make some people anxious or uneasy. Have no fear - - you will not make this journey alone. Please contact with your questions and concerns. I have a team of professionals waiting to answer your questions. We will have a detachment of Sailors pre-staged in Yokosuka and ready to receive our families from the moment they arrive at the airport.

     In closing, I hope that you feel a sense of pride and are looking forward to joining THE BEST crew in the Navy! On behalf of the Wardroom, Chief’s Mess, and Crew, I congratulate you on your orders. We look forward to your arrival and wish you safe travels.

Commanding Officer



Welcome aboard!

You can contact the ship directly by clicking on one of the links on our home page for the Command, the Command Master Chief, the Command Ombudsman, the Public Affairs Officer and the Sponsorship Coordinator.

We are homeport shifting to Yokosuka, Japan in the summer of 2024! Please send an email to with any questions! Our homeport shift information guide is available here: Preble Homeport Shift Guide

If you need a sponsor, please send an email to our sponsor coordinator at

Frequently Used Phone Numbers:

Inport QD: 619-556-3937

At Sea: 619-545-8844/8793

USS Preble MFLC: (619)-707-2308

Naval Base San Diego: (619) 556-1011

Naval Medical Center San Diego - Balboa: (619) 532-8225

Family Advocacy Center: (619) 556-8809

Fleet and Family Support Center: (619) 556-7404

NBSD Duty SAPR VA: (619) 279-2904

DoD SafeHelpline: (887) 995-5247

PREBLE Ombudsman

Ombudsmen serve as a liaison between the command and families. They are available to assist and advise all family members of USS PREBLE sailors. Ombudsmen communicate with the command's families by newsletter, e-mail, telephone and via the USS PREBLE’s Care Line. The Ombudsmen can be reached at

USS PREBLE Ombudsman Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison between command families and the command.
  • Keep the commanding officer informed regarding the general morale, health and welfare of command families.
  • Communicate regularly with the Command and Command family members.
  • Establish and maintain an up-to-date and timely telephone tree to rapidly distribute and gather information. (This is especially useful during emergency situations or when a natural disaster or crisis strikes.)
  • Aware of services provided and contact information of the Fleet and Family Support Centers and other support organizations available to Navy Families (i.e. Tricare, PSD, and Housing).
  • Serve as a source of emergency and crisis information.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Establish, maintain, or contribute to the Yahoo! Russell Families Online Group providing information to families.


Every phone call and conversation is kept confidential, with the exception of the following topics:

1. Spouse abuse.

2. Child abuse or neglect.

3. Drug and/or Alcohol abuse.

4. Suicide, potential or attempted.

5. Threat of physical harm to yourself or another person.

Family Readiness Group (FRG)
REBLE’s FRG is a family networking group that provides support and camaraderie among its members. The FRG is a valuable way for family members to gain information about resources, policies and events that may impact families of PREBLE sailors or families of service members as a whole.

The group has an active social media presence. Please contact the command Ombudsmen for access to the Facebook group.

American Red Cross Emergency Communications Services:

If there is a family emergency (i.e. death or serious illness of a family member) or other important event (i.e. birth of a child) and you need to contact a sailor onboard the USS PREBLE, you will need to contact the ship’s Ombudsman as well as the American Red Cross. The Red Cross will assist in verifying the emergency with local agencies (hospitals, police, etc.). Such verification is both essential and mandatory if a service member is to be able to receive emergency leave and financial assistance to assist in getting home.

Examples of family emergencies include (but are not limited to):

  • Injury, hospitalization or death of someone in the service member’s immediate family.
  • A disaster or event (such as hurricane, flood, fire, earthquake, etc.) that affects the family and which disrupts normal communication between the service member and their family.

How to Contact the Red Cross to send an Emergency message:

  • Active duty service members stationed in the United States and their immediate family members may call the Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Centers for help seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The toll-free telephone number (877) 272-7337.
  • Other family members who do not reside in the service members’ household, members of the National Guard and Reserves, retirees and civilians may access Red Cross services through their local Red Cross chapter, which is listed in the local telephone directory and at American Red Cross online at
  • Overseas personnel stationed on military installations should call base or installation operators or the on-base Red Cross offices.
  • At overseas deployment sites, contact the American Red Cross deployed staff.

When calling the Red Cross to send an emergency message to a service member, it is helpful to have the following information: Service Members:

  • Full Name (Last, First and Middle Initial)
  • Rank/Rating
  • Branch of Service (US Navy)
  • Social Security Number
  • Military Address: (USS PREBLE DDG-88, FPO AP 96675)
  • Information about the deployed unit and the home base unit (for deployed service members only. USS RPREBLE DDG-88 Homeport: San Diego, CA)




USS Preble (DDG 88)

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FPO AP 96675


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