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USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)

USS John Paul Jones
USS John Paul Jones in the Persian Gulf
United States
Name: USS John Paul Jones
Namesake: John Paul Jones
Ordered: 25 September 1987
Awarded: 25 September 1987
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 8 August 1990
Launched: 26 October 1991
Commissioned: 18 December 1993
Homeport: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Motto: In Harm's Way
Status: in active service, as of 2016
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • 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)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopter can be embarked

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) is the third Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and the first ship of the class homeported on the west coast. She is named after American Revolutionary War naval captain John Paul Jones. She was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is currently part of Destroyer Squadron 23, and administratively reports to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.


  • Description 1
  • Commanding Officers 2
    • List of commanding officers 2.1
  • In popular culture 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


John Paul Jones is capable of operating independently, as an element of a coordinated force, or as the nucleus of a surface action group, and to direct and coordinate anti-air, surface, undersea, and strike warfare operations. The ship is named in honor of John Paul Jones and derives her motto from his words: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."[1]

The ship is equipped with the Aegis combat system and is capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations using Tomahawk and RGM-84 Harpoon cruise missiles, RIM-66 Standard missiles, CIWS, and 5-inch (127 mm) gun. The Arleigh Burke class is the first class of U.S. warships to be fitted with an integrated chemical, biological and radiological defense system.[1]

John Paul Jones was selected as the Shock Trial platform for the DDG-51 class. The ship was subjected to a series of close range explosions in order for the Navy to obtain critical information concerning the survivability of the DDG-51 class in a shock environment. The crew prepared the ship for the most demanding and complex surface ship shock trial test in the history of the Navy. The ship has completed four deployments to the Persian Gulf.[1]

On 7 October 2001, John Paul Jones launched the first Tomahawk missiles into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.[2][3]

In June 2010 she began a ten-month yard period during which her machinery control system and many HM&E systems were upgraded. This was a first in class effort, similar to the CG-47 mid life upgrade undertaken on the Ticonderoga hull.[4]

On 10 June 2011, she anchored off the coast of Malibu, California at the beginning of a three-day celebration called Navy Days designed to thank the sailors and their families for their service to the country.[5]

On 29 November 2011, John Paul Jones was the first ship to deploy after receiving the DDGMOD (HM&E) upgrade.[6][7][8]

Commanding Officers

The commanding officer (CO) of John Paul Jones is the United States Navy officer who is the most senior officer on ship. The CO is the ultimate authority over operations of John Paul Jones and her crew.

List of commanding officers

# Name Start of tenure End of tenure
15 CDR Matthew Harrison Hall[9] 17 December 2014
15 CDR Andrew James Thomson[9] 21 June 2013 17 December 2014
14 CDR Jonathan Christopher Duffy[9] 1 March 2012 21 June 2013
13 CDR Christopher Anthony Cegielski[9] 29 April 2010 1 March 2012
12 CDR Sam Robert Hancock Jr.[9] 7 November 2008 29 April 2010
11 CDR Christopher Kevin Barnes[9] 20 July 2007 7 November 2008
10 CDR James Jeffrey Housinger[9] 2 December 2005 20 July 2007
9 CDR Andrew Frederick Cully[9] 12 December 2003 2 December 2005
8 CDR Charles Randy Hill[9] 10 October 2003 12 December 2003
7 CDR Roy Ian Kitchener[9] 28 Feb 2003 10 October 2003
6 CDR David Frank Steindl[9] 3 August 2001 28 Feb 2003
5 CDR Thomas Francis Carney Jr.[9] 7 December 1999 3 August 2001
4 CDR Edward Lewis Brownlee[9] 2 April 1998 7 December 1999
3 CDR Joseph Bruce Hamilton[9] 20 August 1996 2 April 1998
2 CDR Peter Bernt Opsal[9] 7 December 1994 20 August 1996
1 CAPT John Michael Kelly[9] 18 December 1993 7 December 1994

In popular culture

The ship was featured prominently in the 2012 film Battleship where it was shown to destroy three alien craft before being sunk herself .[10]


USS John Paul Jones has been awarded the Navy Battle "E" six times

  • 01-Jan-1994 31-Dec-1994
  • 01-Jan-1995 31-Dec-1995
  • 01-Jan-1997 31-Dec-1997
  • 01-Jan-2000 31-Dec-2000
  • 01-Jan-2008 31-Dec-2008
  • 01-Jan-2013 31-Dec-2013 [11]

The ship was also the first to win SWO of the year award [11]


  • 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.
  1. ^ a b c US Navy. HistoryJohn Paul JonesUSS .
  2. ^ John Paul Jones Remembers 9/11 While Maintaining Vigilance at Sea. Retrieved on 12 May 2012.
  3. ^ USS John Paul Jones Command History for 2001
  4. ^ "DRS Technologies Wins Contract to Continue its Support for Arleigh Burke-Class Guided Missile Destroyers Modernization Program". 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Navy destroyer docks in Malibu for three-day celebration". Los Angeles Times. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "First DDG Modernization Warship Departs on Deployment." Navy News Service, 6 December 2011.
  7. ^ "From Paint To Littoral Combat Ships, Navy Scrambles To Save Dough."
  8. ^ "Arleigh Burke class Destroyer USS John Paul Jones completes Aegis testing". 10 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p
  10. ^ BattleshipYahoo! Movies -
  11. ^ a b [2]

External links

  • USS John Paul JonesUS Navy: Official Website
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