USS Jason Dunham

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named after U.S. Marine Corps corporal Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for service in the Iraq War.[1]

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150828-N-UY653-154 USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) returns to Norfolk homeport
USS Jason Dunham sailing through Virginian waters in August 2015.
United States
Name: USS Jason Dunham
Namesake: Corporal Jason Dunham[1]
Awarded: 13 September 2002[2]
Builder: Bath Iron Works[2]
Laid down: 11 April 2008[2]
Launched: 1 August 2009[1]
Sponsored by: Debra Dunham[3]
Commissioned: 13 November 2010[3]
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia[2]
Motto: Semper Fidelis, Semper Fortis ("Always faithful, always strong")
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Jason Dunham COA
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer[1]
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)[2]
Length: 510 ft (160 m)[2]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[2]
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)[2]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)[2]
Speed: >30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted[2]
Aircraft carried: MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters


Jason Dunham is the 59th destroyer in her class and built by the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.[4] She was christened by Corporal Dunham's mother, Debra Dunham, and launched on 1 August 2009.[1] Jason Dunham was commissioned on 13 November 2010 with Commander M. Scott Sciretta in command.[3]


US Navy 101123-N-5292M-186 The newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrives to its new homeport of Naval Station

The newly commissioned USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrives at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.

The guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) transits the Arabian Sea March 14, 2013 130314-N-XQ375-350

USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) transits the Arabian Sea March 14, 2013.

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(PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean May 20, 2010


  1. ^ a b c d e "Navy Christens Newest Arleigh Burke-Class Ship Jason Dunham". Navy News Service. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jason Dunham". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 4 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer Jason Dunham". Navy News Service. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  4. ^ Gams, PFC Michael T. (25 March 2010). "Legacy lives aboard USS Jason Dunham". Marines Magazine. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 1 April 2010.

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Bath Iron Works

Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a major United States shipyard located on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, founded in 1884 as Bath Iron Works, Limited. BIW has built private, commercial, and military vessels, most of which have been ordered by the United States Navy. The shipyard has built and sometimes designed battleships, frigates, cruisers, and destroyers, including the Arleigh Burke class which are currently among the world's most advanced surface warships.

Since 1995, Bath Iron Works has been a subsidiary of General Dynamics, the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world as of 2008. During World War II, ships built at BIW were considered to be of superior toughness by sailors and Navy officials, giving rise to the phrase "Bath-built is best-built."

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Denis Berezovsky

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Dunham (surname)

Dunham is a toponymic surname of Anglo-Saxon origination, deriving from several places named Dunham (dun- hill, -ham home)

In 1630 Deacon John Dunham emigrated from England to the American Continent and became a deputy in the Legislative Assembly elected to represent the Plymouth Colony.

Fleet Week

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Guided missile destroyer

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In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Jason Dunham

Jason Lee Dunham (10 November 1981 – 22 April 2004) was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while serving with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines during the Iraq War. While on a patrol in Husaybah, his unit was attacked and he deliberately covered an enemy grenade to save nearby Marines. When it exploded Dunham was gravely injured and died eight days later.

List of current ships of the United States Navy

The United States Navy has approximately 490 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with approximately 90 more in either the planning and ordering stages or under construction, according to the Naval Vessel Register and published reports. This list includes ships that are owned and leased by the U.S. Navy; ships that are formally commissioned, by way of ceremony, and non-commissioned. Ships denoted with the prefix "USS" are commissioned ships. Prior to commissioning, ships may be described as a "pre-commissioning unit" or PCU, but are officially referred to by name with no prefix. US Navy support ships are often non-commissioned ships organized and operated by Military Sealift Command. Among these support ships, those denoted "USNS" are owned by the US Navy. Those denoted by "MV" or "SS" are chartered.

Current ships include commissioned warships that are in active service, as well as ships that are part of Military Sealift Command, the support component and the Ready Reserve Force, that while non-commissioned, are still part of the effective force of the U.S. Navy. Future ships listed are those that are in the planning stages, or are currently under construction, from having its keel laid to fitting out and final sea trials.

There exist a number of former US Navy ships which are museum ships (not listed here), some of which may be US government-owned. One of these, USS Constitution, a three-masted tall ship, is one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy. It is the oldest naval vessel afloat, and still retains its commission (and hence is listed here), as a special commemoration for that ship alone.

List of equipment of the United States Navy

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Air Operations conducts over 100,000 flight operations each year, an average of 275 flights per day or one every six minutes. Over 150,000 passengers and 264,000 tons of mail and cargo depart annually on Air Mobility Command (AMC) aircraft and other AMC-chartered flights from the airfield's AMC Terminal.

Phalanx CIWS

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USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr.

USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG-124) is a planned United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, the 74th overall for the class. She was named in honor of Harvey C. Barnum Jr., a retired United States Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War. Colonel Barnum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Reserve Affairs) and as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). In a press release from General Dynamics, the parent company of Bath Iron Works, it was announced that the United States Navy has awarded funding for the planning and construction of DDG-124, for the Fiscal Year 2016. The $644.3 million contract modification fully funds this ship, and was awarded as part of a multi-year competition for Arleigh Burke-class destroyers awarded in 2013. Harvey C. Barnum Jr. is expected to be commissioned in 2024.

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