USS Laboon (DDG-58)

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USS Laboon transits the Delaware River.
Career
Name: USS Laboon
Namesake: Captain John Francis Laboon
Ordered: 13 December 1988
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 23 March 1992
Launched: 20 February 1993
Commissioned: 18 March 1995
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Without Fear
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Laboon DDG-58 Crest.png
General characteristics
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)
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 Laboon (DDG-58) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Father John Francis Laboon (1921–1988), a captain in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy, who was awarded the Silver Star during World War II while serving on USS Peto (SS-265).

Laboon's keel was laid down on 23 March 1992 at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. She was launched on 20 February 1993. Laboon was commissioned on 18 March 1995, commanded by CDR Douglas D. McDonald. In the fall of 1996, she fired Tomahawk missiles at targets in Iraq, thus becoming the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to engage in combat.

In 1998, Laboon took part in NATO Exercise Dynamic Response 98, together with the USS Wasp's Amphibious Ready Group.

On 12 September 2012, Laboon was ordered to the coast of Libya in what the Pentagon called a "contingency" in case a strike was ordered. This was in response to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US moving Navy destroyers off coast of Libya". CNN. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • USS Laboon official website. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  • Willshaw, Fred. "USS Laboon (DDG-58)". Destroyer Archive. NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  • "DDG 58 Laboon". GlobalSecurity.org. 2005-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-28.