Destroyers USS O’Kane, USS Wayne E. Meyer Swap Homeports
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer arrived in its new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a homeport shift with USS O’Kane, the Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific said in a Sept. 14 release.
O’Kane departed for San Diego after nearly 19 years of service in the middle Pacific. O’Kane was commissioned in Pearl Harbor Oct. 23, 1999.
O’Kane’s namesake is World War II prisoner of war and Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Richard O’Kane. During World War II, O’Kane, aboard submarines USS Wahoo and USS Tang earned an unprecedented and unrivaled record of victories against the enemy, destroying warships and supply lines.
The guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer arrived Sept. 13, just after Tropical Storm Olivia passed through the Oahu. The ship’s namesake, Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, is considered the father of Aegis, the Navy’s computerized weapons system able to detect and counter threats from nearly 300 miles away. Aegis aboard ships and Aegis ashore help the Navy execute multimission tasking.