USS John Finn

USS John Finn (DDG-113) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 15 June 2011.[7] Ingalls has been a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries since its acquisition in April 2001.[8][9] Prior to the award, Ingalls had constructed 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the last one of which was USS William P. Lawrence.[7] On 15 February 2011, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the ship's name to be John Finn after John William Finn; the names of four other ships were also disclosed.

USS John Finn
USS John Finn (DDG-113) arrives at Pearl Harbor on 10 July 2017
John Finn at Pearl Harbor in July 2017
United States of America
Namesake: John William Finn
Ordered: 15 June 2011
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 5 November 2013[1]
Launched: 28 March 2015[2]
Sponsored by: Laura Stavridis
Christened: 2 May 2015[3]
Acquired: 7 December 2016[4]
Commissioned: 15 July 2017 [5]
Motto: stand fast and fight
Status: Active, In Commission
Badge: USS John Finn DDG-113 Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,217 tons (full load)[6]
Length: 513 ft (156 m)[6]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[6]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)[6]
Speed: 31 kn (57 km/h; 36 mph)[6]


Finn was the first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, honored for machine gunning Japanese warplanes for over two hours during the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor despite being shot in the foot and shoulder, and suffering numerous shrapnel wounds. He retired as a lieutenant after thirty years of service, and died at age 100 in 2010.[10][11][12][13][14]


John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the first of which, Arleigh Burke, was commissioned in July 1991.[15] With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any U.S. Navy surface combatant.[16] As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, John Finn's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations.[6] During its long production run, the class was built in three flights: Flight I (DDG-51–DDG-71), Flight II (DDG-72–DDG-78), and Flight IIA (DDG-79–DDG-126).[8][17] John Finn will be a Flight IIA ship, and as such, will feature several improvements in terms of ballistic missile defense, an embarked air wing (two MH-60R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopters), and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability.[6] DDG-51 was also the first class of ships in the U.S. Navy to include anti-NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) warfare protection.[8]

Construction and career

In November 2013, the keel of John Finn was laid down at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Jackson County, Mississippi. At the keel laying ceremony, was the wife of retired Admiral Stavridis, Laura, the ship's sponsor.[18] The ship was launched 28 March 2015 and was christened on the 2 May 2015 by Laura Stavridis at the Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.[19][20] On 7 December 2016, the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Pearl Harbor, the ship was delivered to the United States Navy from Ingalls Shipbuilding.[21] The precommissioning crew moved onboard the ship on 28 February 2017. The vessel was commissioned on 15 July 2017.[22]


  1. ^ "Ingalls Shipbuilding Authenticates the Keel of Its 29th Aegis Guided-Missile Destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Guided Missile Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Aegis Destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) Christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding; Ship Named for Pearl Harbor Medal of Honor Recipient" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 2 May 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS John Finn" (Press release). United States Navy. 7 December 2016. NNS161207-24. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  5. ^ "USS John Finn Commissioned in Pearl Harbor" (Press release). United States Navy. 17 July 2017. NNS170717-27. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded U.S. Navy Construction Contract for DDG 113 Guided Missile Destroyer" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis), United States of America". Naval-Technology. Net Resources International. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  9. ^ "America's Largest Military Shipbuilder Begins Operations as a New, Publicly Traded Company Under the Name of Huntington Ingalls Industries" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Navy To Name Ships After Servicemen With Local Ties". KGTV. 15 February 2012.
  11. ^ Steuessy, Lauren (15 February 2012). "Two Navy Ships Memorialize San Diego Legends". NBC San Diego. NBCUniversal.
  12. ^ "Navy Names Five New Ships". Navy News Service (Press release). U.S. Navy. 15 February 2012. NNS120215-07.
  13. ^ Perry, Tony (15 February 2012). "Navy to name ships after three San Diego war heroes". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ Cavas, P. Christopher (15 February 2012). "Five New U.S. Navy Ship Names Announced". Defense News. Gannett Government Media.
  15. ^ "USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)". Naval Vessel Register. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  16. ^ Sharp, David (31 December 2009). "After 2-plus decades, Navy destroyer breaks record". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Associated Press.
  17. ^ "DDG". Naval Vessel Register. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Keel Laid for Future USS John Finn". NAVSEA Office. United States Navy. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched". US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). 30 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Christening of John Finn DDG-113". Ingalls Shipbuilding. 2 May 2015. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015.
  21. ^ "The Warrior of Kāneʻohe: Pearl Harbor's First Medal of Honor Recipient". The Sextant. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  22. ^ "USS John Finn commissioned in Hawaii". WLOX. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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John William Finn

John William Finn (24 July 1909 – 27 May 2010) was a sailor in the United States Navy who, as a chief petty officer, received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. As a chief aviation ordnanceman stationed at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, he earned the medal by manning a machine gun from an exposed position throughout the attack, despite being repeatedly wounded. He continued to serve in the Navy and in 1942 was commissioned an ensign. In 1947 he was reverted to chief petty officer, eventually rising to lieutenant before his 1956 retirement. In his later years he made many appearances at events celebrating veterans. At the time of his death, Finn was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, the last living recipient from the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the last United States Navy recipient of World War II.

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