US Navy to commission future USS John Finn on 15 July


The US Navy is set to commission its future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) on 15 July.

USS John Finn has been named in honour of chief aviation ordnanceman John Finn, who received a Medal of Honor for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Finn used a machine gun at the former Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station to fire at Japanese aircraft for two hours during the attack.

The 509ft-long USS John Finn was built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The vessel weighs 9,140t and features a beam of 66ft, with a navigational draft of 31ft.

The ship is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and uses four LM2500 GE Marine Gas Turbines and two propellers to travel at speeds of up to 31k.

"The ship is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and uses four LM2500 GE Marine Gas Turbines and two propellers to travel at speeds of up to 31k."

USS John Finn will have a crew of 350 officers and enlisted personnel, and is to be homeported at Naval Base San Diego, the US Navy stated.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants designed to conduct anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

USS John Finn successfully completed its initial builder's sea trials last year, which were conducted to ensure that all the ship’s systems are installed properly and are operational.

The navy noted that the ship also conducted a full power run and demonstrated key communication, damage control and navigation systems, as well as various hull, mechanical and electrical, and propulsion applications.


Image: The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) transits San Diego Bay while arriving at its homeport of San Diego for the first time. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.