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History of the USS Stockdale 
  • April 18, 2009 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer in a ceremony held at Wharf 3, Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, CA, honoring Coronado's own Vice Adm. James Stockdale, the ship's namesake.
  • April 29, 2010 – CDR Jeffrey A. Bennett, II relieved CDR Frederick W. Kacher as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • November 30, 2010 to July 22, 2011 – USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for its maiden deployment. Performed an eight-month deployment in the United States Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility. She made ports of call at GuamSepangar, MalaysiaSihanoukville, CambodiaLaem Chabang, Thailand; Singapore, and Chinhae, South Korea.
  • October 14, 2011 – CDR Alexis T. Walker relieved CDR Jeffrey A. Benett, II as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • June 29, 2012 – USS Stockdale pulled into Pearl Harbor for the in-port phase of a multi- national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. This included maneuvers in the Kaulakahi Channel (between Kauai and Niihau Islands, Hawaii).
  • August 10, 2012 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA after RIMPAC 2012.
  • November 14, 2012 – USS Stockdale returned to homeport San Diego, CA after completing a four-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the Southern California Operating Area with the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.
  • January 14, 2013 – USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for its Middle East deployment.
  • May 2, 2013 – CDR Robert B. Johns relieved CDR Alexis T. Walker as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • November 8, 2013 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA after an extended 10-month deployment.
  • October 30, 2014 – CDR Sean T. Grunwell relieved CDR Robert B. Johns as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • June 8, 2015 – USS Stockdale departed San Diego in support of a joint training exercise Northern Edge, in the Gulf of Alaska.
  • June 18, 2015 – USS Stockdale moored at Pier 1C, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt for a four-day port visit to Victoria, British Columbia.
  • July 10, 2015 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA .
  • July 28, 2015 – USS Stockdale departed San Diego for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the Southern California Operating Area.
  • January 20, 2016 to August 11, 2016 – USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for its western Pacific deployment.
  • May 12, 2016 – CDR Raphael R. Castillejo relieved CDR Sean T. Grunwell as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • August 11, 2016 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA after a seven-month deployment.
  • July 14, 2017 – CDR John M. Halttunen relieved CDR Raphael R. Castillejo as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • September 7, 2018 – USS Stockdale returns to San Diego after a 30-day underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the Southern California Operating Area.
  • October 19, 2018 – USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for its Middle Eastern deployment.
  • November 1, 2018 – CDR Leonard M. Leos relieved CDR John M. Halttunen as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • May 20, 2019 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA after a seven-month deployment.
  • May 4, 2020 – USS Stockdale moved “dead-stick” from NASSCO shipyard to Navy Fuel Farm (NFF), on Naval Base Point Loma, for a brief stop to refuel before underway for sea trial.
  • July 10, 2020 – CDR Brandon M. Booher relieved CDR Leonard M. Leos as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • August 4, 2021 – USS Stockdale departed Naval Base San Diego for its seventh fleet deployment with USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group.
  • May 2, 2022 – CDR Justin M Bummara relieved CDR Brandon M. Booher as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • July 15, 2022 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA after an extended eleven-and-a-half month deployment.
  • August 12, 2023 CDR Lauren Johnson relieved CDR Justin M. Bummara as Commanding Officer of USS Stockdale.
  • January 19, 2024 – USS Stockdale departed San Diego for Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) and Group Sail (GRUSAIL), as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
  • February 16, 2024 – USS Stockdale returns to homeport San Diego, CA after SWATT and GRUSAIL.

USS Stockdale Logo


SHIELD: Azure, upon a demi-trident issuing from base Argent the head of a bald eagle erased Proper; a bordure Gules fimbriated within of the second. CREST: On a wreath Argent and Azure (Dark Blue) a laurel wreath Proper enclosing at top three mullets Azure, thereon a representation of the aviator wings emblem Or surmounted by an Aegis system octagon Celeste charged with thirteen mullets of the first.


The coat of arms as described above on a white field enclosed within a dark blue collar radiused top and bottom and edged on the outside with gold rope and inscribed at top "USS STOCKDALE" and in base "DOG 106" in gold letters.


SHIELD: The eagle, symbol of vigilance and courage, represents the Vice Admiral's exemplary resistance to his captors' brutality and pressure to use him and his fellow captives as propaganda tools. The eagle refers also to Stockdale's award of aviator wings represented in the crest and his distinction as pilot and instructor. Dark blue represents the U.S. Navy; the white of the eagle's head denotes integrity and idealism. The demi — trident refers to leadership and the Vice Admiral's commitment to uphold in captivity the Navy standards of conduct. The silver and scarlet bordure represents the cohesion of Navy personnel under stress and their tradition of sacrifice and courage.

CREST: Vice Admiral Stockdale's distinction as the only three or four star officer in Navy history to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor is signified by the wings, the three stars above and the Celeste blue octagon which recalls both the Medal of Honor and the Aegis-class capabilities of the DDG 106. The many combat decorations awarded the Vice Admiral during his distinguished career are also recalled by the three stars at top. The laurel wreath traditionally conveys honor and achievement.

SUPPORTERS: Saltirewise behind the shield a cutlass and a naval officer's sword points down Proper, representing the personnel of the DDG 106, both crew and officers.

MOTTO: On a dark blue scroll doubled gold garnished dark blue the motto "RETURN WITH HONOR" inscribed in gold letters.
Admiral StockdaleNamesake - VADM James B. Stockdale

On September 9, 1965, Commander Stockdale launched his A-4E Skyhawk off the flight deck of the USS ORISKANY, not knowing it would be his final mission flying over North Vietnam. Upon approaching his target, his plane was riddled with anti-aircraft fire that set his engine aflame within seconds. With no way to maneuver, Stockdale had no choice but to punch out from the aircraft, and he watched as his plane slammed into a rice paddy and exploded in a ball of fire. Recalling the incident years later, Stockdale said, "As I ejected from the plane I broke a bone in my back, but that was only the beginning. I landed in the streets of a small village. A thundering herd was coming down on me. They were going to defend the honor of their town. It was the quarterback sack of the century."

They tore off his clothes and beat him mercilessly. Stockdale suffered a broken leg and a paralyzed arm in the scuffle. A military policeman took Stockdale into custody as a prisoner of war, making him the highest ranking naval officer to be held as a POW in Vietnam.

Stockdale was taken to Hoa Lo Prison - the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" - where he spent the next seven and a half years under brutal conditions. He was physically tortured no fewer than fifteen times with beatings, whippings, and a form of rope torture that caused near-asphyxiation. For four years, he was kept in solitary confinement in total darkness. For two years, he was chained in heavy, abrasive leg irons. In violation of the Geneva Convention, he was also starved, denied medical care, and deprived of letters from home.

Through it all, Stockdale's captors offered a promise of better treatment if he would admit that the United States was engaging in criminal behavior against the Vietnamese people. Stockdale refused. He drew strength from principles of stoic philosophy, which teach that a man should accept that which he cannot change, and focus his efforts on that which he can control: his actions and his emotions. Stockdale took these teachings to heart. As the senior officer in the camp, Stockdale was an exemplary leader. He developed a system of covert communication amongst the prisoners that promoted resistance to their captors, unit cohesion and morale. Unable to identify how the prisoners communicated, the prisoners increased punishments against Stockdale, but he continued to fight back by all means available.

When Stockdale was told that he was going to be paraded in front of foreign journalists, he slashed his scalp with a razor and beat his face with a wooden stool. He correctly reasoned that his captors would not dare display a prisoner who appeared to have been beaten. When he learned that his fellow prisoners were dying under torture, he slashed his wrists to show their captors that he preferred death to submission. Stockdale literally gambled with his life - and he won. Convinced of Stockdale's resolve, the Communists ceased trying to extract bogus confessions from him. The torture of American prisoners ended. Upon his release in 1973, Stockdale's extraordinary heroism became widely known, and he received the Congressional Medal of Honor in the nation's bicentennial year. With 26 personal combat decorations, he was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Navy. His awards include four Silver Star medals in addition to the Medal of Honor.

After serving as the President of the Naval War College, Stockdale retired from the Navy in 1978 and embarked on a distinguished academic career. Stockdale served a term as President of the Citadel and fifteen years as a Senior Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. In 1992 he ran for office as the vice presidential candidate of the Reform Party with presidential candidate Ross Perot. Though unsuccessful, his campaign was marked by the same integrity and dignity he epitomized throughout his career. Admiral Stockdale and his wife lived peacefully on Coronado Island until his death in 2005.

Ship’s Sponsor - Mrs. Sybil Stockdale

Stockdale Sponsors


Sybil Stockdale is the widow of Vice Admiral Stockdale. She is renowned for publicizing the mistreatment of Prisoners of War while her husband was held captive in a North Vietnamese prison.


When James Stockdale was shot down in 1965 over North Vietnam, the United States government had a "keep quiet" policy, which asked relatives of POWs not to call attention to the mistreatment of prisoners. Over the next several years, Sybil became increasingly dissatisfied with the pretense that prisoners like her husband were treated fairly. Vice Admiral Stockdale was tortured, he inflicted serious wounds upon himself as a show of resistance to his captors, and he spent years in solitary confinement. In the summer of 1968, Sybil and other members of a San Diego POW/MIA support group decided to raise their voices to national level. The National League of Families of American Prisoners Missing in Southeast Asia was founded, and Sybil was the first national coordinator.


Mrs. StockdaleWithin a year, she was discussing policy with Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird. The Nixon Administration ended the "keep quiet" policy, and allegations of torture of American prisoners were publicized. Sybil became a forceful spokeswoman for the cause. The memoir Sybil wrote with her husband, In Love and War: The Story of a Family’s Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years, became a national bestseller. In alternating chapters, the book weaves together the narratives of Vice Admiral Stockdale as a prisoner and Sybil as the wife of a serviceman taken captive. While Vice Admiral Stockdale continued to resist against his captors, his wife Sybil fought back as well. She never gave up faith, and she was a hero and an advocate for all families with loved ones who were prisoners of war.


Mrs. Stockdale lived peacefully on Coronado Island until her death in 2015.  


LOCATION: Port Hueneme, CA
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USS Stockdale (DDG 106)

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