USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)

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USS John Paul Jones
USS John Paul Jones in the Persian Gulf
Career (US)
Name: USS John Paul Jones
Namesake: John Paul Jones
Ordered: 25 September 1987
Awarded: 25 September 1987
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 8 August 1990
Launched: 26 October 1991
Commissioned: 18 December 1993
Homeport: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Motto: In Harm's Way
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS John Paul Jones DDG-53 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 33 Officers
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament:

1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS

2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is the third Arleigh Burke-class Guided Missile Destroyer and the first ship of the class homeported on the west coast. She is named after American Revolutionary War Naval Captain John Paul Jones. She was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is currently part of Destroyer Squadron 23, and administratively reports to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.

Description[edit]

John Paul Jones is capable of operating independently, as an element of a coordinated force, or as the nucleus of a surface action group, and to direct and coordinate anti-air, surface, undersea, and strike warfare operations. The ship is named in honor of Naval hero John Paul Jones and derives her motto from a famous quote of his, "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."[1]

In order to successfully conduct this mission, John Paul Jones has been fitted with the latest weapons, engineering, and damage control systems. The Aegis combat system is one of the most advanced and most capable air defense systems currently in use. John Paul Jones is capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations using Tomahawk and RGM-84 Harpoon cruise missiles, RIM-66 Standard missiles, CIWS, and 5 inch (127 mm) gun. The Arleigh Burke-class is the first class of U.S. warships to be fitted with an integrated Chemical, Biological and Radiological defense system.[1]

John Paul Jones was selected as the Shock Trial platform for the DDG-51 Class. The ship was subjected to a series of close range explosions in order for the Navy to obtain critical information concerning the survivability of the DDG-51 class in a shock environment. The crew prepared the ship for the most demanding and complex surface ship shock trial test in the history of the Navy. The ship has completed four deployments to the Persian Gulf.[1]

On 20 September 1995, an F-14A Tomcat fighter jet crashed in the vicinity of John Paul Jones. A fly-by at supersonic speed was performed, during which the engine exploded (due to "compression failure") 55 miles away from the carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln. Both pilot and Weapons Systems Operator ejected and survived with only minor 2nd degree burns.[2]

On 7 October 2001, John Paul Jones launched the first Tomahawk missiles into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[3][4]

On 13 March 2006, John Paul Jones was named, along with the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, an honorary flagship for the upcoming search for the remains of the original USS Bonhomme Richard (1765).[1]

In June 2010 she began a ten-month yard period during which her machinery control system and many HM&E systems were upgraded. This was a first in class effort, similar to the CG-47 mid life upgrade undertaken on the Ticonderoga Hull.[5]

On 10 June 2011, she anchored off the coast of Malibu, California at the beginning of a three-day celebration called Navy Days designed to thank the sailors and their families for their service to the country.[6]

On 29 November 2011, John Paul Jones was the first ship to deploy after receiving the DDGMOD (HM&E) upgrade.[7] Making her in the words of Thomas Rowden the most advanced warship on the planet.[8][9]

Commanding Officers[edit]

The commanding officer (CO) of the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53), is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of the John Paul Jones and her crew.

List of commanding officers[edit]

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
15 CDR Andrew James Thomson[10] 21 June 2013
14 CDR Jonathan Christopher Duffy[10] 1 March 2012 21 June 2013
13 CDR Christopher Anthony Cegielski[10] 29 April 2010 1 March 2012
12 CDR Sam Robert Hancock Jr.[10] 7 November 2008 29 April 2010
11 CDR Christopher Kevin Barnes[10] 20 July 2007 7 November 2008
10 CDR James Jeffrey Housinger[10] 2 December 2005 20 July 2007
9 CDR Andrew Frederick Cully[10] 12 December 2003 2 December 2005
8 CDR Charles Randy Hill[10] 10 October 2003 12 December 2003
7 CDR Roy Ian Kitchener[10] 28 Feb 2003 10 October 2003
6 CDR David Frank Steindl[10] 3 August 2001 28 Feb 2003
5 CDR Thomas Francis Carney Jr.[10] 7 December 1999 3 August 2001
4 CDR Edward Lewis Brownlee[10] 2 April 1998 7 December 1999
3 CDR Joseph Bruce Hamilton[10] 20 August 1996 2 April 1998
2 CDR Peter Bernt Opsal[10] 7 December 1994 20 August 1996
1 CAPT John Michael Kelly[10] 18 December 1993 7 December 1994

In popular culture[edit]

The ship was featured prominently in the 2012 film Battleship where it was shown to destroy three alien craft before being sunk herself .[11]

In the William Johnstone novel Phoniex Rising: Firebase Freedom after the US has been converted to the American Islamic Republic Of Enlightenment the John Paul Jones is said to have been transferred to the Iranian Navy and renamed Shapur 1. The mostly American crew locks the Iranians in a cabin while they are praying and retake the ship afterwards joining the United Free America military led by former Army Major and current UFA general Jake Lantz.

The ship is mentioned in the last mission of the video game Homefront as she escapes a naval blockade of San Diego to provide support to the player in the climatic final battle on the Golden Gate Bridge along with sister ship USS Milius (DDG-69).

Awards[edit]

The USS John Paul Jones has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" six times

  • 01-Jan-1994 31-Dec-1994
  • 01-Jan-1995 31-Dec-1995
  • 01-Jan-1997 31-Dec-1997
  • 01-Jan-2000 31-Dec-2000
  • 01-Jan-2008 31-Dec-2008
  • 01-Jan-2013 31-Dec-2013 [12]

Also was the first to win SWO of the year award [12]

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