USS Laboon transits the Delaware River.
|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|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|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)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters 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 the submarine USS Peto.
Construction and career
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.
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.
On 21 June 2015, Laboon entered the Black Sea along with the French ship Dupuy de Lôme as part of NATO's presence missions following the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. While in the Black Sea, Laboon participated in joint maneuvers with a Romanian Navy Rear-Admiral Eustațiu Sebastian-class corvette for two days beginning on 22 June 2015. On 27 June 2015, Laboon began a two-day visit to the Black Sea port of Batumi, Georgia to participate in training with the Coast Guard of Georgia and offer tours of the ship.
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- LaGrone, Sam (22 June 2015). "Destroyer USS Laboon, French Surveillance Ship Enter Black Sea". USNI News. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
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- "US Navy Destroyer Makes Visit in Georgia's Port of Batumi". Sputnik International. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "USS Laboon Missile Destroyer Visits Georgia". Georgia Today. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- 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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- 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.
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