USS John Young (DD-973)
- See also USS Young for similarly named ships.
USS John Young in the Pacific, 1 May 1981 after firing its two 5 inch/54-caliber guns during a gunnery exercise.
|Ordered:||26 January 1972|
|Laid down:||17 February 1975|
|Launched:||6 January 1976|
|Acquired:||1 May 1978|
|Commissioned:||20 May 1978|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 2002|
|Struck:||6 November 2002|
|Fate:||Sunk as a target on 13 April 2004|
|Class & type:||Spruance class destroyer|
|Displacement:||8,040 (long) tons full load|
|Length:||529 ft (161 m) waterline; 563 ft (172 m) overall|
|Beam:||55 ft (16.8 m)|
|Draft:||29 ft (8.8 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 80,000 shp (60 MW)|
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60 km/h)|
|Range:||6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
3,300 nautical miles (6,100 km; 3,800 mi) at 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
|Complement:||19 officers, 315 enlisted|
|AN/SPS-40 air search radar
AN/SPG-60 fire control radar
AN/SPS-55 surface search radar
AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
Mk 23 TAS automatic detection and tracking radar
AN/SPS-65 Missile fire control radar
AN/SQS-53 bow mounted Active sonar
AN/SQR-19 TACTAS towed array Passive sonar
Naval Tactical Data System
|• AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
• AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
• Mark 36 SRBOC Decoy Launching System
• AN/SLQ-49 Inflatable Decoys
|Armament:||2 x 5 in (127 mm) 54 calibre Mark 45 dual purpose guns
2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Mark 15 guns
1 x 21 round RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
|Aircraft carried:||2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
|Motto:||Prends La Mer Avec Courage
("Set Sail With Courage")
USS John Young (DD-973), named for Captain John Young USN, was a Spruance-class destroyer of the United States Navy. The ship was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries at Pascagoula, Mississippi.
John Young, following appropriate Congressional notification, became one of eight combat ships that began receiving women as crewmembers in 1994.
As part of a reorganization by the Pacific Fleet's surface ships into six core battle groups and eight destroyer squadrons, with the reorganization scheduled to be completed by 1 October 1995, and homeport changes to be completed within the following, year, John Young was reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 23.
On 28 April 1996, Navy and Coast Guard inspectors aboard John Young boarded a merchant ship thus marking the 10,000th such boarding in support of UN sanctions against Iraq. As part of a multinational maritime interception force, operating in the Persian Gulf, the team boarded an Indian flagged dhow in the Persian Gulf to make the milestone boarding. The vessel was empty and permitted to proceed.
John Young departed San Diego on 18 November 1997 en route to the Persian Gulf for a six-month deployment as part of the Middle East Force (MEF).
John Young teamed up with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) in late March 2001 for a major drug bust at sea. She was last stationed at San Diego, California.
John Young was decommissioned 30 September 2002 and stricken 6 November 2002, laid up at Bremerton, Washington NISMF. On 13 April 2004, John Young was sunk by a Mark 48 torpedo fired by USS Pasadena (SSN-752) during exercise RimPac 2004.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to USS John Young (DD-973).|
- Naval Vessel Register entry for John Young
- navsource.org: USS John Young
- combatindex.com: USS John Young
- united-states-navy.com: USS John Young
- Yahoo! Newsgroup for former John Young Crewmembers