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John Paul Jones (DDG-53) was ordered 25 September 1987, laid down 8 August 1990 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, ME, launched 26 October 1991 and commissioned 18 December 1993.  USS John Paul Jones is the third Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and the first ship of the class home ported on the west coast. 

The mission of John Paul Jones is to conduct prompt and sustained operations at sea in support of U.S. national interests. 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 Naval hero, John Paul Jones, and derives her motto from a famous quote of his, "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way."

In order to successfully conduct this mission, John Paul Jones has been fitted with the latest weapons, engineering, and damage control systems. The AEGIS Weapons system is the most advanced air defense network in the world. John Paul Jones is capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations using Tomahawk and Harpoon cruise missiles, 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.

USS 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.

One of the first to participate in the ‘Sea swap’ program, the crewmembers of the JOHN PAUL JONES assumed their posts after participating in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM/ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS HIGGINS.  After a well-deserved stand-down period, the crew began to prepare the JOHN PAUL JONES for the training cycle and her next deployment.

Preparations for the training cycle began with a number of equipment installations, which significantly improved the ship’s war fighting capabilities.  The JOHN PAUL JONES simultaneously received enhanced AEGIS capabilities through the Track Initiation Processor (TIP), expanded the ship’s network with a Gigabyte Ethernet Local Area Network, and improved the ship’s crew capacity with the Women at Sea module.  All the while the ship became the first Arleigh Burke destroyer to have her shafts removed and replaced.  Throughout the maintenance period, the JOHN PAUL JONES maintained exceptional material readiness in all facets of shipboard operations from engineering to safety to supply management.  The tremendous efforts of the crew meant that the JOHN PAUL JONES was able to meet the challenges of a condensed training cycle while preserving 100% material readiness.

After a busy time in the docks, JOHN PAUL JONES began the training cycle with an unparalleled performance during its Initial Assessment.  Even with her shortened and exhaustive training period, the engineering team recorded the third highest Initial Assessment score ever achieved in the previous three years.  Furthermore, JOHN PAUL JONES’ exceptional combat capabilities were proven shortly thereafter in her superlative performance during the Command Assessment of Readiness and Training Part 2 (CART II).

Finally, the JOHN PAUL JONES demonstrated her war fighting proficiency during the multi-national RIMPAC exercise.  In a scenario coordinated between the Japanese, South Koreans, Australians, Canadians, and Chileans, JOHN PAUL JONES displayed Undersea Warfare proficiency by tracking Chilean and South Korean diesel submarines for an unprecedented twenty hours, during which the ship held continuous track for over three hours.  She also became the lead ship for a live, 17-ship, multi-national 5” Mark 54 gun firing exercise, which was executed flawlessly.

At the end of her RIMPAC performance, JOHN PAUL JONES returned to San Diego to participate in both the Trident Warrior Experiment and San Francisco’s Fleet Week.  The Trident Warrior Experiment was the premier sea trials event for the Navy’s network-centric initiatives and during this event JOHN PAUL JONES met or surpassed all expectations.

After her stellar performance JOHN PAUL JONES entered an extended pier side availability period to be outfitted with the newest technology for her upcoming deployment.

In 2005 USS JOHN PAUL JONES prepared for and executed a demanding Western Pacific Deployment under the command of Commander Andrew F. Cully.  Though JOHN PAUL JONES sailed with USS BOXER, as well as the KITTY HAWK strike group, her voyage was as an independent deployer.  As such she participated in a wide variety of exercises, including the TALISMAN SABER Exercise with the Australian Navy, the Proliferation Security Initiative Exercise, multiple Tomahawk training exercises, and a COUNTER SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES Exercise with the South Korean Navy.  In all the crew saw fifteen different ports all over the Pacific Rim.  The deployment demonstrated the ability of the crew and of independent deployers to meet important tasking in a variety of capacities over a six month period.  The ship gained valuable training by exercising with various units but these units also gained an important asset to help perform in several high visibility, joint exercises.  Furthermore, JOHN PAUL JONES contributed to national defense directly when she assumed the duties as Ballistic Missile Defense ready ship.  In December, CDR Cully turned over command of JOHN PAUL JONES to CDR James J. Housinger, who has since overseen the start of a successful training cycle and the installation of major system upgrades to the ship’s AEGIS Weapons System.

On March 13th, 2006, the John Paul Jones was named an honorary flagship for the upcoming search for the remains of the original Bonhomme Richard. The current amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard was also named an honorary flagship.

Ship's Official Web Site:  Click here

Ship Commissioned: 18 December 1993

Homeport: San Diego, California

Crew: 22 Officers, 23 Chief Petty Officers, 295 Enlisted


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