USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)
|Name:||USS John S. McCain|
|Namesake:||John S. McCain, Jr. and John S. McCain, Sr.|
|Ordered:||13 December 1988|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||3 September 1991|
|Launched:||26 September 1992|
|Commissioned:||2 July 1994|
|Motto:||Fortune Favors the Brave|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Class & type:||Arleigh Burke-class 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)
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel
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
|Aircraft carried:||1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked|
This warship is named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both Admirals in the United States Navy. John S. McCain, Sr., commanded the aircraft carrier Ranger (CV-4), and acted as commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force during the latter stages of World War II. John S. McCain, Jr., commanded the U.S. Navy submarines USS Gunnel and USS Dentuda during World War II. Subsequently he held a number of posts, rising to Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command before retiring in 1972. These men were the grandfather and father of John S. McCain III, former naval aviator captain, a U.S. Senator representing the state of Arizona, and the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election.
John S. McCain's keel was laid down on 3 September 1991, at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship was launched on 26 September 1992, sponsored by Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain. McCain was commissioned on 2 July 1994, at the Bath Iron Works. The former President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, was the ceremony's principal speaker.
The ship was initially assigned a home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and shifted to a forward-deploy port in Yokosuka, Japan in 1997.
In January 2003, John S. McCain deployed to the Persian Gulf. She launched 39 TLAMs in support of the invasion of Iraq and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her service. She is cited by John Keegan in "The Invasion of Iraq"" as having fired the first shots of that war, though many[who?] dispute this claim. John S. McCain was awarded the Navy Battle E for DESRON 15 in 2003 and again in 2004.
On 11 June 2009, a Chinese submarine reportedly collided with the towed sonar array of the John S. McCain near Subic Bay, the Philippines. The incident caused damage to the array but was described as an "inadvertent encounter".
In June 2009, John S. McCain pursued the North Korean cargo ship Kang Nam 1 toward Burma in enforcement of the new United Nations resolution of an arms export embargo against North Korea. The vessel was suspected of carrying arms for the Burmese junta government. The Kang Nam 1 returned to North Korea without delivering its cargo to Burma.
In March 2011, in company with the carrier Ronald Reagan, the ship was deployed off northeastern Honshu, Japan to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. During that time, the ship may have been exposed to leaking radiation from the Fukushima I nuclear accidents.[dead link]
- "USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)". www.navysite.de. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
- US Navy: Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E" Story Number: NNS070219-04, Release Date: 19 February, 2007 11:10:00 AM
- "Sub collides with sonar array towed by U.S. Navy ship". CNN.com. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- Sang-Hun, Choe (21 June 2009). "U.S. Destroyer Shadows N. Korean Ship". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
- Kyodo News, "U.S. destroyer visits Yokohama passenger pier", Japan Times, 22 July 2009, p. 2.
- Rabiroff, John. "U.S. military delivers 40 tons of supplies to hardest-hit areas," Stars and Stripes (US). 17 March 2011; Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
- Stewart, Joshua. "Navy ships off Japan move to avoid radiation," Japan Times, 14 March 2011, retrieved 15 March 2011.
- US Navy shifts destroyer in wake of North Korea missile threats 1 April 2013
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to USS John S. McCain (DDG-56).|
- US Navy: USS McCain (Official website)
- Yokosuka Naval Base Community Website
- Global Security's page on John S. McCain
- USS John S. McCain News
- Fred Willshaw. "USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)". NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2008-09-10.