By Leslie McAloose – November 23, 2020

Norfolk, VA – The USS Stout is the fifth Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the U.S. Navy fleet. Commissioned August 13, 1994 this ship is part of Destroyer Squadron 26 and named after Rear Admiral Herald F. Stout (1903-1987). Commander Rich Eytel serves as commanding officer of the Stout, most recently completing a record-setting 215 days at sea. On October 12th the USS Stout returned to its homeport of Norfolk, VA after nearly 7 months abroad.

The trip was especially long for the sailors on board as they essentially missed many of the changes taking place in the US as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. While at sea the ship relied on nearly 40 replenishments-at-sea which enabled continuous operation. Because of quarantine restrictions the crew was essentially unable to leave the ship at all during deployment.

Now that the Stout has returned to Virginia, it is ready to undergo long-awaited repair work and upgrades. This work will be completed by BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair to the tune of $76 million. Along with routine maintenance, the 510-foot vessel will have hull, tank, and mechanical work; upgraded electronic and electrical systems installed; and receive other shipboard improvements.

“Our team of employees, subcontractors and Navy personnel are working hard to sustain the workhorse of the fleet—the Arleigh Burke class destroyer,” said Mark Whitney, deputy general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair and general manager of Norfolk Ship Repair. “We look forward to applying our vast experience to modernize the USS Stout, so that its crew members can do their jobs in defense of our nation for many years to come.”

Ameri-Force looks forward to supplying highly skilled craftsmen to work on this project in conjunction with BAE Systems. Work is expected to begin in early 2021. If you would like to be considered for a position on this project, please call our recruiting office at 800-522-8998 and select option 3.


Leslie McAloose has served as the Director of Operations, Mid-Atlantic region for Ameri-Force since 2018. Her background in maritime recruiting began in 2012 and led her to a long-time role with Colonna’s Shipyard. Leslie has first-hand deckplate experience and a strong rapport with regional shipbuilders and craftsmen. Leslie is a graduate of Old Dominion University.

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

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