USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)

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US Navy 101123-N-5292M-186 The newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrives to its new homeport of Naval Station
The newly commissioned USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) arrives at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.
Name: USS Jason Dunham
Namesake: Corporal Jason Dunham[1]
Awarded: 13 September 2002[2]
Builder: Bath Iron Works[2]
Laid down: 11 April 2008[2]
Launched: 1 August 2009[1]
Sponsored by: Debra Dunham[3]
Commissioned: 12 November 2010[3]
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia[2]
Motto: Semper Fidelis, Semper Fortis ("Always faithful, always strong")
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Jason Dunham DDG-109 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer[1]
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)[2]
Length: 510 ft (160 m)[2]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[2]
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)[2]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)[2]
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted[2]
Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles
1 × 5/62 in (127/62 mm), 2 × 25 mm, 4 × 12.7 mm guns
2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named after Corporal Jason Dunham USMC, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for service in the Iraq War.[1]

Jason Dunham is the 59th destroyer in her class and built by the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.[4] She was christened by Corporal Dunham's mother, Debra Dunham, and launched on 1 August 2009.[1] Jason Dunham was commissioned on 13 November 2010 with Commander M. Scott Sciretta in command.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Navy Christens Newest Arleigh Burke-Class Ship Jason Dunham". Navy News Service. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jason Dunham". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer Jason Dunham". Navy News Service. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Gams, PFC Michael T. (25 March 2010). "Legacy lives aboard USS Jason Dunham". Marines Magazine. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 

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