USS Paul Hamilton
"The Courage to Prevail"
Named for Paul Hamilton 3rd Secretary of the Navy

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 1816 in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Current USS Paul Hamilton

USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) is the 10th ship of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers. Her keel was laid on August 24, 1992, at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, she was christened and launched on July 24, 1993 and commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina on May 27, 1995 with Cmdr. John Joseph Hammerer, Jr. as the commanding officr.

In February 2001 USS Paul Hamilton returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month western Pacific deployment.

In January 2002 USS Paul Hamilton departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group. In August USS Paul Hamilton departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

In March 2003 USS Paul Hamilton launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), just before dawn from the station in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In April USS Paul Hamilton returned to homeport after a nine-month extended combat deployment.

In June 2004 USS Paul Hamilton participated in the multinational training exercise "Silent Fury".

In May 2005 USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment to Southeast Asia in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). In November USS Paul Hamilton returned to homeport after four-and-a-half month underway period. In December 2005 DDG 60 participated in the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2, as part of opposition forces.

In July-August 2006 Paul Hamilton participated in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. In September USS Paul Hamilton participated in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, in the SOCAL Op. Area. In November DDG 60 participated in the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the West Coast.

In February 2007 USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for a surge deployment with the Reagan CSG. In June DDG 60 participated in exercise Talisman Saber 2007. In August Paul Hamilton, as part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group, participated in exercise Valiant Shield and then returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after her six-and-a-half month deployment.

In July 2008 the guided-missile destroyer participated in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

In January 2009 DDG 60 departed homeport to participate in the Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) Surface Combatant Group Sail and for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Central Command AoR, as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program that included exercises Arabian Gauntlet and Nautical Union the 5th Fleet AoR. In August USS Paul Hamilton returned home after a seven-month underway period.

In November 2010 USS Paul Hamilton participated in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 11-1" off the coast of Hawaii and began a scheduled deployment.

In June 2011 USS Paul Hamilton returned to Pearl Harbor after her seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

In March 2012 Paul Hamilton participated in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 12-2”. In July the guided-missile destroyer participated in the multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. In September USS Paul Hamilton departed Pearl Harbor for an extended deployment as part of the USS John C. Stennis CSG.

1st USS Paul Hamilton

The first USS Paul Hamilton (DD–307) was launched 21 February 1919 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., San Francisco, Calif. and commissioned 24 September 1920 with Lt. Comdr. J. F. McClain as the commanding officer.

After acceptance trials off California, Paul Hamilton was assigned to Division Thirty-three, Squadron Six, Flotilla Two of the Cruiser-Destroyer Force Pacific based at San Diego. She performed yeoman service with the Pacific Battle Fleet from 1920 until early 1930.

Paul Hamilton decommissioned 20 January 1930 and was scrapped in 1931.

2nd USS Paul Hamilton

The second USS Paul Hamilton (DD–590) was laid down 20 January 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., launched 7 April 1943 and commissioned 25 October 1943 with Comdr. Leo G. May as the commanding officer.

Following shakedown off Bermuda, Paul Hamilton served in lower Cheaspeake Bay, out of Norfolk, Va., as a destroyer training unit 8 January to 19 April 1944. She arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 21 May 1944. From 13 June to 12 August, Paul Hamilton formed part of the protective screen for 3d Fleet replenishment aircraft and fueling groups during the landing at Saipan 15 June. She joined Task Force 58 west during the Battle of the Philippine Sea 19 and 20 June. From 1 September to 3 October, Paul Hamilton served 3d Fleet during the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands and the 4 October to 15 November air strikes against Okinawa, Luzon, Formosa, the Visayan Islands, and the Japanese fleet. In December she patrolled the Philippines and screened for the assault of Mindoro Island.

From 3 to 21 January 1945 Paul Hamilton screened for the assault on Lingayen Gulf, Philippines. Of note in that action, she rescued 73 survivors from Ommaney Bay (CVE–79) on the 4th. Paul Hamilton participated in the 10 February to 11 March assault on Iwo Jima as she provided shore bombardment, fire support and pilot rescue. During deployment 21 March to 17 June Paul Hamilton provided rescue efforts in the Volcano and Bonin Islands and fire support for the landings at Kerama Retto, Okinawa Jima, Tsuken Shima, Ie Shima, Iheya Shima, and Aguni Shima.

Paul Hamilton departed Okinawa 17 June 1945 and arrived in San Diego, Calif. on 8 July. She reported to the Pacific Reserve Fleet 24 September 1945 and remained inactive until struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 May 1968.

Paul Hamilton received seven battle stars for World War II service.

For a more detailed account of the second USS Paul Hamilton see

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