USS James E. Williams (DDG-95)
is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
in the United States Navy
. She was named for Petty Officer 1st Class James Eliott Williams
), a Medal of Honor
Williams was laid down on 15 July 2002 by the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi and launched on 25 June 2003. On 11 December 2004, Williams was commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina, sponsored by Elaine Weaver Williams, Petty Officer Williams' widow.
Commander Philip Warren Vance, a 1986 graduate of the United States Naval Academy took command. She joined the Atlantic Fleet, Destroyer Squadron 22 and is homeported in Norfolk, Virginia.
On 17 February 2006, CDR Vance was relieved by CDR Ian Michael Hall as Commanding Officer of USS James E. Williams. CDR Hall is a graduate of William & Mary and the former commander of USS Raven (MHC-61).
On 17 October 2006, Williams completed its first deployment conducting anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia as part of the maritime security operations.
On 19 December 2007, she returned from her second deployment to the Fifth Fleet AOR in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.