Last Mission
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The USS John Paul Jones' legacy of service to her country came to a somewhat sad but valuable end for DDG-32 on 31 January 2001. Having outlived her usefulness as a seagoing warship she was decommissioned 15 December 1982 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register 30 April 1986.  She then suffered the indignity of becoming a rusting hulk in the reserve fleet, first at Bremerton, WA and then at Suisun Bay near San Francisco.  Her "last mission" was to serve as a target for a missile SINKEX for the benefit of AIRPAC.  Her final resting place is in 1988 fathoms of water at 032 00' 06.0" North, 121 36' 23.0" West, just off the coast of Southern California.

Thanks to Alan Owens, 3rd A/E aboard USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171) 2000-01 who contributed pictures 7 - 11 below showing DDG-32 as she was towed from Mare Island in San Francisco to her final location for the SINKEX.

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JPJ, Decatur and Turner Joy
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Washington Jan 25 1990: Laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility are the guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones ( DDG 32 ) and USS Dacatur ( DDG 31) and the destroyer USS Turner Joy (DD 951).
JPJ inboard or Lynde McCormick at Mare Island Naval Shipyard
USS John Paul Jones DDG-32 - Dec 2000
JPJ at Mare Island with Lynde McCormick outboard
USS John Paul Jones DDG-32 - Dec 2000
JPJ at Mare Island with Lynde McCormick outboard
USS John Paul Jones DDG-32 - Dec 2000
The bow of JPJ
"Pointy End" - Looking up from the bottom
USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171)
USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171)
Towline from USNS Sioux being connected to JPJ
Hooking up the towline at Mare Island,
27 January 2001
JPJ being towed out of San Francisco Bay
Towing DDG-32 out of
San Francisco Bay
JPJ under the Golden Gate bridge
Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge
JPJ under tow at sea
Towing in open ocean
JPJ adrift at sea prior to SINKEX
DDG-32 near her final location after being cut loose the morning of the SINKEX
31 January 2001
JPJ's last mission - target
The Coup de Grace