The USS Paul Hamilton will depart Hawaii Tuesday after more than 20 years of being homeported in Pearl Harbor.
The Navy’s guided-missile destroyer is swapping ports with USS William P. Lawrence, which departed San Diego on a regularly scheduled deployment in January and will arrive in Hawaii in the middle of the year.
Officials say the move supports the re-balance of the Indo-Asia-Pacific by placing the Navy’s most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in the region. Likewise, it will allow the USS Paul Hamilton to proceed to San Diego for a scheduled extended dry-docking.
“The Navy is committed to basing approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft in the region by 2020,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Navy Region Hawaii. “As such, our readiness and the warriors’ ethos in Hawaii will continue to be critical to maintaining security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”
The USS Paul Hamilton has been operating out of Pearl Harbor since it was commissioned in 1995.