USS John Finn

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USS John Finn
USS John Finn (DDG-113) arrives at Pearl Harbor on 10 July 2017.JPG
John Finn at Pearl Harbor in July 2017
United States of America
Namesake: John William Finn
Ordered: 15 June 2011
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 5 November 2013[1]
Launched: 28 March 2015[2]
Sponsored by: Laura Stavridis
Christened: 2 May 2015[3]
Acquired: 7 December 2016[4]
Commissioned: 15 July 2017 [5]
Motto: stand fast and fight
Status: in active service
Badge: USS John Finn DDG-113 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,217 tons (full load)[6]
Length: 513 ft (156 m)[6]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[6]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)[6]
Speed: 31 kn (57 km/h; 36 mph)[6]

USS John Finn (DDG-113) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 15 June 2011.[7] Ingalls has been a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries since its acquisition in April 2001.[8][9] Prior to the award, Ingalls had constructed 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the last one of which was USS William P. Lawrence.[7] On 15 February 2011, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the ship's name to be John Finn after John William Finn; the names of four other ships were also disclosed.


Finn was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, honored for machine gunning Japanese warplanes for over two hours during the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor despite being shot in the foot and shoulder, and suffering numerous shrapnel wounds. He retired as a lieutenant after thirty years of service, and died at age 100 in 2010.[10][11][12][13][14]


John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the first of which, Arleigh Burke, was commissioned in July 1991.[15] With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any U.S. Navy surface combatant.[16] As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, John Finn's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations.[6] During its long production run, the class was built in three flights: Flight I (DDG-51–DDG-71), Flight II (DDG-72–DDG-78), and Flight IIA (DDG-79–DDG-126).[8][17] John Finn will be a Flight IIA ship, and as such, will feature several improvements in terms of ballistic missile defense, an embarked air wing (two MH-60R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopters), and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability.[6] DDG-51 was also the first class of ships in the U.S. Navy to include anti-NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) warfare protection.[8]


In November 2013, the keel of John Finn was laid down at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Jackson County, Mississippi. At the keel laying ceremony, was the ex-wife of retired Admiral Stavridis, Laura, the ship's sponsor.[18] The ship was launched 28 March 2015 and was christened on the 2 May 2015 by Laura Stavridis at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.[19][20] On 7 December 2016, the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Pearl Harbor, the ship was delivered to the United States Navy from Ingalls Shipbuilding.[21] The precommissioning crew moved on board the ship on 28 February 2017. The vessel was commissioned on 15 July 2017 in Pearl Harbor and is homeported in San Diego.[22]


On 17 November 2020, John Finn successfully intercepted an ICBM using a SM-3 Block IIA missile. The target missile was launched from the a test site on the Kwajalein Atoll and simulated an attack on Hawaii. This was the first time that an ICBM has been successfully intercepted by a SM-3 and the first time a US Navy ship has brought down such a missile. [23]


  • Still awaiting maiden deployment



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  2. ^ "Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Aegis Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) Christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding; Ship Named for Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor Recipient" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
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  11. ^ Steuessy, Lauren (15 February 2012). "Two Navy Ships Memorialize San Diego Legends". NBC San Diego. NBCUniversal.
  12. ^ "Navy Names Five New Ships". Navy News Service (Press release). U.S. Navy. 15 February 2012. NNS120215-07.
  13. ^ Perry, Tony (15 February 2012). "Navy to name ships after three San Diego war heroes". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ Cavas, P. Christopher (15 February 2012). "Five New U.S. Navy Ship Names Announced". Defense News. Gannett Government Media.
  15. ^ "USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)". Naval Vessel Register. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  16. ^ Sharp, David (31 December 2009). "After 2-plus decades, Navy destroyer breaks record". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Associated Press.
  17. ^ "DDG". Naval Vessel Register. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Keel Laid for Future USS John Finn". NAVSEA Office. United States Navy. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched". US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). 30 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Christening of John Finn DDG-113". Ingalls Shipbuilding. 2 May 2015. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015.
  21. ^ "The Warrior of Kāneʻohe: Pearl Harbor's First Medal of Honor Recipient". The Sextant. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  22. ^ "USS John Finn commissioned in Hawaii". WLOX. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  23. ^ Bowman, Bradley. "Successful SM-3 weapons test offers missile defense opportunity". Retrieved 25 November 2020.

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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