From the first U.S. destroyer commissioned in 1902 to the famous ships of World War II to the Arleigh Burke-class, the #USNavy’s destroyers have been evolving. Saturday, May 2, we will introduce the newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), during a christening ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagaoula, Miss.
Here are 10 things to know about the future USS John Finn and her namesake:
1. The future USS John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.
2. The destroyer was named in honor of Lt. John William Finn, who as a Chief Petty Officer served at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese air raid that struck that facility and others on Oahu.
3. While under heavy machine gun fire, chief aviation ordnanceman Finn manned a .50-caliber machinegun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp. Painfully wounded multiple times, he had to be convinced to leave his post. After receiving first aid treatment, he overcame the severe pain of his injuries and returned to the squadron area to supervise the rearming of returning planes.
4. DDG 113 will be capable of engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare including Integrated Air and Missile Defense capabilities.
5. DDG 113 will be equipped with the Navy’s Aegis Combat System, the world’s foremost integrated naval weapons system.
6. At age 100, Finn was the oldest surviving recipient of the nation’s highest medal for valor and the only recipient still alive among those who received the medal for actions during the attack of Dec. 7, 1941.
7. In June 1942, Finn was temporarily commissioned as an Ensign, rising in rank to Lieutenant two years later.
8. USS John Finn will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.
9. John William Finn passed away on May 27, 2010.
10. As part of the DDG 51 Flight IIA ships, Finn will provide increased capabilities over previous flights of Arleigh Burke destroyers, including advances in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare.