USS John Basilone

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United States
Name: USS John Basilone
Namesake: John Basilone
Awarded: 3 June 2013
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Status: Authorized
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 510 ft (160 m)
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
Aviation facilities: Flight deck, Hangar bay

USS John Basilone (DDG-122) is a planned United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, the 72nd overall for the class. The ship will be named for United States Marine Corps Gunnery sergeant John Basilone, who received the nation's highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for heroism during the Guadalcanal Campaign in World War II.[1] Basilone was the only enlisted Marine to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross in World War II.[1]

This is the second United States Navy vessel to be named after Basilone.[1] The first, USS Basilone (DD-824), was a Gearing-class destroyer commissioned in 1949 and decommissioned in 1977.


  1. ^ a b c "Secretary Mabus Names Destroyer for Medal of Honor Recipient" (Press release). Navy News Service. 16 August 2016. NNS160816-15. Retrieved 25 August 2016.

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