|USS Benfold (DDG-65)|
Benfold fires an SM3
|Namesake:||USN Hospital Corpsman Edward Clyde Benfold|
|Operator:||United States Navy|
|Ordered:||16 January 1991|
|Laid down:||27 September 1993|
|Launched:||9 November 1994|
|Commissioned:||30 March 1996|
|Homeport:||Naval Base San Diego|
|Motto:||Official: Onward with Valor, Unofficial: 100% Ready. 100% of the Time.|
|Status:||Active in service as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|Length:||505 ft (154 m)|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Installed power:||3 × Rolls Royce AG9130F (Allison 501-K34) (2.5 MW Each)|
|Propulsion:||4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)|
|Speed:||>30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aircraft carried:||None embarked|
|Aviation facilities:||Flight deck accommodates all US Military helicopters except CH-53 Sea Stallion|
USS Benfold (DDG-65) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. The destroyer's namesake is Hospital Corpsman Third Class Edward Clyde Benfold, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic action on September 5, 1952 while assigned to the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Former Commanding Officers include ADM Mark Ferguson, VADM Thomas H. Copeman III, and author Michael Abrashoff.
Benfold is a multi-mission platform capable of AAW (Anti-Aircraft Warfare) with the powerful AEGIS combat systems suite and anti-aircraft missiles, ASW (Anti-submarine warfare), with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter, ASUW (Anti-surface warfare) with a Harpoon missile launcher, and strategic land strike using Tomahawk missiles. Benfold was one of the first ships fitted with the new AEGIS Ballistic Missile System and during the 2010 Stellar Daggers exercise was the first ship to simultaneously engage a Ballistic Missile and a cruise missile.
In January 2013 Benfold returned from a seven-month independent deployment to the Persian Gulf.
Built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Benfold is the 15th of 35 planned Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. She joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet for service on 30 March 1996.
A US Navy guided-missile destroyer equipped with the AEGIS air-defense system and the Mark-41 Vertical Launch System for multiple types of guided missiles, Benfold is capable of defensive and offensive operations against warplanes, anti-ship missiles, surface ships, submarines, and shore targets. In addition to her missiles, she carries one 5-inch rapid-fire naval gun for action against surface ships and for shore bombardment. She also carries anti-submarine torpedoes, and two Phalanx anti-missile guns. She has a flight deck for LAMPS III Seahawk helicopters and is capable of refueling and re-arming these helicopters, but she does not have a hangar for storing and maintaining helicopters.
- Modernization, 2011
In 2011, Benfold entered drydock at BAE Systems San Diego to receive an extensive $32 million mid-life upgrade. The Hull Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) upgrades included a fully integrated bridge, improved machinery and damage control, quality of life improvements, an advanced galley, and commercial-off-the-shelf computing equipment. An upgrade to follow in 2013 will include improved combat systems, making Benfold one of the most advanced ships in the Navy.
- Naval exercises, 2012
In 2012, Benfold was the first San Diego based ship invited to participate in the Koa Kai naval exercises. Benfold conducted integrated flight operations, anti-surface and anti-submarine training, dynamic ship maneuvers, ballistic missile defense, small boat attacks and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) utilizing the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team. On October 12, CDR Richard E. Lebron relieved CDR David M Oden as Commanding Officer of the USS Benfold.
- "Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense". http://www.mda.mil/system/aegis_warfighter.html. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
- DoD news release on March 28, 1996 for the commissioning of the USS Benfold 
- NAVSEA (4 May 2011). "First Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyers Successfully Complete Comprehensive Modernization Program". http://www.navsea.navy.mil/teamships/Sea21_Mod/DDG51_Avail_Completion.aspx.
- Cobb, ENS Daniel; Martin, ENS James (16 April 2012). "USS Benfold Completes Koa Kai 2012". http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg65/Pages/USSBenfoldCompletesKoaKai2012.aspx.
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