USS Paul Hamilton
"The Courage to Prevail"
About Us USS Paul Hamilton
With an AN/SPY-1D phased array radar system, PAUL HAMILTON incorporates significant advances in the detection capabilities of the AEGIS Weapon System, particularly in its resistance to enemy Electronic Counter Measure (ECM).
Using SPY-1D and the ship's Mark 99 Fire Control System, PAUL HAMILTON can guide its vertically launched Standard Missiles to intercept hostile aircraft and missiles at extended ranges.
To provide point defense against hostile air targets, PAUL HAMILTON is equipped with the Block 1 upgrade to the Phalanx Close In Weapons System (CIWS). 
Ship's Characterestics
Length: 505 ft.
Beam: 66 ft.

Draft: 32.5 ft.
Speed: 30+ Kts.
Displacement: 8,400 tons
Accommodations: 32 Officers, 300+ Enlisted
Propulsion: 4 LM2500 Gas Turbine Engines (100,000 Shaft HP)
Construction: All Steel Hull and Super Structure for enhanced survivability
 Paul Hamilton
Born on 16 October 1762 in Saint Paul's Parish, South Carolina, Paul Hamilton was the son of Archibald and Rebecca (Brandford) Hamilton. At the young age of 16, Paul Hamilton fought under Generals Gates, Marion, and Harden during the American Revolution.

Paul Hamilton was the nation's third Secretary of the Navy, serving under President James Madison from 1809 to 1813. As Secretary of the Navy he was a strong proponent of military preparedness, especially sea fortifications.
Although he wanted to strengthen the Navy, he found the Congress hostile and the President indifferent to his ideas. One of his greatest achievements under his tenure was the passage of the Naval Hospitals Act of 1811.
In 1813 he resigned his post as Secretary of the Navy.

Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served the state of South Carolina in a number of public offices, including State Senator, 1794, 1798-1799, Comptroller of Finance, 1800-1804, as well as Governor of South Carolina, 1804-1806.

On 10 October 1782 he married Mary Wilkinson. Paul Hamilton died on 30 June 1819 in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Command Crest

The compass rose, a traditional navigation instrument used by sailors past and present, symbolizes the purposeful direction required to accomplish any goal. The globe signifies that PAUL HAMILTON can go anywhere in the world to accomplish national objectives. The superimposed gold trident is a symbol of excellence and PAUL HAMILTON's ability to project seapower on the land, in the air and at sea. the three prongs also recall that Paul Hamilton was the third Secretary of the navy, that three ships, DD-307, DD-590 and DDG-60 have borne the name and the three groups that contribute to the strength of PAUL HAMILTON; her crew, their families and the shore establishments.


The anchor honors Paul Hamilton as Secretary of the Navy. The octagon shape alludes to all who have contributed to the AEGIS program. The palmetto tree and crescent recall Paul Hamilton's service as Governor of South Carolina. The scroll of seven stars recalls the battle stars awarded to the officers and the men of USS PAUL HAMILTON (DD-590) in World War II.


Courage refers to the mental and moral strength necessary to triumph in any endeavor.

LOCATION: Charleston, SC


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