USS JOHN PAUL JONES
DDG 53
  
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The John Paul Jones (DDG 53) is the third in the Arleigh Burke-class of Aegis guided-missile destroyers and is named after American Revolutionary War Captain John Paul Jones. The construction began on August 8, 1990, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; Christened and launched on October 26, 1991. Mrs. Connie Jeremiah, the wife of Adm. David E. Jeremiah, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. John M. Kelly is the prospective commanding officer.

October 27, 1993 The Pre Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Paul Jones arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ammunition onload at NWS Yorktown, Va., from Nov. 3-4. Departd Norfolk on Nov. 9. Port call to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Nov. 16-20.

November 27, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Rodman Naval Base in Balboa, Panama, for a two-day visit, after transiting Panama Canal, to take on fuel and supplies.

December 7, DDG 53 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., after a four-week transit from Norfolk, Virginia.

December 13, USS John Paul Jones was commissioned during a ceremony at Broadway Pier on NS San Diego.

January 12, 1994 The John Paul Jones arrived at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammunition onload. Underway from March 14-18 in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway again from March 28- April 1 for shock trial preps; Underway from April 5-8 and 12-15th for FEP; Underway from May 4-5 for OPPE preps. on May 18. Underway for Shock Trial Explosive Malfunctions from May 30- June 1. Shock Trials from June 6-10; 15-16 and 25-26th. Ammunition offload at NWS Seal Beach from July 5-6.

July 11, USS John Paul Jones entered the Southwest Marine shipyard in San Diego for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Departed dry-dock on Aug. 9. Returned to Naval Station San Diego on Sept. 15. Underway for sea trials on Sept. 19. Magnetic deperming from Sept. 20-22. Returned to homeport on 27th after final contract trials.

October 11, DDG 53 departed San Diego for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Combat System Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT).

October 21, USS John Paul Jones pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call. Another visits to Pearl Harbor from Nov. 2-7; 11-12; and 16-17. Returned home on 23rd.

December 3, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Station San Diego for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

December 7, Cmdr. Peter B. Opsal relieved Capt. John M. Kelly as commanding officer of DDG 53.

December 12, USS John Paul Jones departed for a week-long underway period, off the coast of southern California, to participate in COMPTUEX 95-2.

January 9, 1995, The Jones arrived at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach for a three-day ammunition onload. Underway for FLEETEX 95-1A from Jan. 23- Feb. 5. Underway from March 6-9 for final ammo onload and acoustic trials.

April 13, USS John Paul Jones departed San Diego for a maiden deployment, as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group.

April 25, The John Paul Jones pulled into Pearl Harbor for emergency dry-dock repairs after suffuring a starboard shaft hub seal casualty. Underway on May 3.

May 14, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Singapore for a five-day port visit. Transited Straits of Hormuz on May 28.

May 29, USS John Paul Jones anchored in Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a 10-day visit to Manama.

June 18, DDG 53 pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai. Port call to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from June 30- July 3, after participating in exercise SHAREEM 110.

July 26, The Jones pulled again into Jebel Ali port for a two-week upkeep. Port call to Dubai from Aug. 16-23.

September 4, USS John Paul Jones arrived in Muscat, Oman, for a two-day port visit. Departed Straits of Hormuz on Sept. 9.

September 29, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pearl Harbor for a four-day port call.

October 9, USS John Paul Jones returned home after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

January 15, 1996 DDG 53 entered the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for two-and-a-half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from March 28- April 2. Ammunition offload at NWS Seal Beach from April 30- May 1. Underway for TSTA II from May 13-17 and 20-24th.

May 29, USS John Paul Jones departed San Diego for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

June 5, The John Paul Jones arrived in Portland, Oregon, for a five-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week festivities during the city's annual Rose Festival.

June 14, DDG 53 arrived at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma for repair availability with USS McKee (AS 41), as part of an experiment to determine the ability of submarine tenders to provide servise for surface ships. Underway for TSTA II from July 8-12; 22-26; and July 29- Aug. 2.

August 10, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Station San Diego for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

August 20, Cmdr. J. Bruce Hamilton relieved Cmdr. Peter B. Opsal as the 3rd CO of USS John Paul Jones during a change-of-command ceremony held at Pier 7.

From August 26-30, the Jones was underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) III. Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from Sept. 10-12.

September 17, USS John Paul Jones entered the Steadfast floating dry-dock for a 10-day hub changeout.

October 18, The John Paul Jones departed for a two-week COMPTUEX 96-5A. Underway for Integrated Training Assessment (ITA) from Nov. 5-7. Underway for COMPTUEX 96-5B from Nov. 13-20.

January 16, 1997 DDG 53 departed San Diego for a 10-day underway to participate in FLEETEX 97-1. Underway for CSRR on Feb. 4. Port visit to Catalina Island from 4-5th. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Feb. 5-6. Underway for JTFEX from Feb. 10-21.

March 26, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

April 1, USS John Paul Jones departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group.

April 24, The Jones arrived in Newcastle, Australia, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Fremantle from May 3-7. Arrived in Arabian Gulf on May 19.

June 7, USS John Paul Jones pulled into Dubai, U.A.E., for a two-week port visit. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from June 23-27.

July 20, DDG 53 arrived again in Manama, Bahrain, for a three-day port call after participating in exercise Red Reef, July 11-18.

August 7, The John Paul Jones arrived in Karachi, Pakistan, for a brief port visit before participating in a multinational exercise Inspired Siren '97, Aug. 9-12. Participated in exercise Bold Departure from Aug. 12-15. Port call to Singapore from Aug. 23-26.

August 31, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. Port call to Kagoshima, Japan, from Sept. 7-8.

September 25, The Jones pulled into Victoria, B.C., for a two-day port visit to embark "Tigers" after participating in exercise Northern Exposure, Sept. 17-21.

October 1, USS John Paul Jones returned to San Diego after a six-month western Pacific and Middle East deployment.

November 15, The John Paul Jones arrived in Mazatlan, Mexico, for a three-day port visit. Underway from Dec. 8-12 and Dec. 15-18 as part of oppositon force for the Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group's ITA.

January 14, 1998 DDG 53 entered the Steadfast floating dry-dock for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Moved to Southwest Marine shipyard on March 10. Underway for sea trials and returned to Naval Station San Diego on March 20.

March 27, USS John Paul Jones departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

April 2, Cmdr. Edward L. Brownlee relieved Cmdr. J. Bruce Hamilton as CO of the Jones.

June 2, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Monterey, Calif., for a three-day port visit to host a multinational conference on Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD).

June 5, USS John Paul Jones pulled into San Francisco for a three-day port call. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from June 18-19. Underway for TSTA I from July 7-10 and 21-24th.

August 13, USS John Paul Jones moored to Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a Fleet Week.

The John Paul Jones was underway for TSTA II from Aug. 18-21 and 24-28th. TSTA III from Sept. 30- Oct. 2. Underway for Type Training from Oct. 5-7. Underway again from Nov. 3-5, 10-12, 16-19 and 23-25th. Underway for FEP from Nov. 30- Dec. 2. TYT from Dec. 7-9. Family Day Cruise on Dec. 15.

From February 19 through March 3, 2001, the Jones was underway off the coast of southern California for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

March 31, DDG 53 arrived in Eureka, Calif., for a three-day port visit. Underway for Type Training from April 9-12. Ammo onload at Seal Beach from April 30- May 3.

June 4, USS John Paul Jones departed Naval Station San Diego for a Middle East deployment as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group.

June 22, The John Paul Jones pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call. Anchored off the coast of Dili, East Timor, for a two-day visit. Port call to Darwin, Australia, from July 2-3 and July 6-9.

July 14, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Singapore for a three-day port visit.

July 19, USS John Paul Jones anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day visit. Transited Staits of Hormuz on July 30. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from Aug. 1-3.

August 3, Cmdr. David F. Steindl relieved Cmdr. Thomas F. Carney as commanding officer of DDG 53.

August 27, The John Paul Jones moored to Mina Salman Pier in Manama for a three-day port visit.

From Sept. 15 through Nov. 1, the Jones was underway in the northern Arabia Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. DDG 53 was one of the first ships that launched Tomahawk missiles on Taliban forces in Afghanistan on Oct. 7-8.

November 3, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Diego Garcia for a brief port call to refuel. Brief port visit to Darwin on Nov. 12.

November 16, USS John Paul Jones arrived in Cairns, Australia, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Pearl Harbor from Nov. 29- Dec. 1.

December 5, USS John Paul Jones returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.

January ?, 2003 USS John Paul Jones departed San Diego for a JTFEX and a deployment with the Vinson CSG.

July 30, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Seattle, Wash., for Seafair Fleet Week 2003.

November 19, The John Paul Jones comenced a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

April 12, 2004 DDG 53 departed for an 11-day underway period, off the coast of southern California, to conduct routine training. Underway for Group Sail from May 3-7. Underway for CART II from May 11-14. Underway for TSTA from June 7-10.

June 21, USS John Paul Jones departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. Port call to Pearl Harbor from June 29- July 5.

July 23, The Jones pulled again into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call. Returned home on Aug. 2.

August 20, The guided-missile destroyer departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway for TSTA from Sept. 13-15 and 24-30th.

October 4, USS John Paul Jones underway for a Trident Warrior experiment and to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week from Oct. 9-14. Underway again from Oct. 19-22 for FEP preparations and Oct. 25-28.

May 17, 2005 USS John Paul Jones arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port visit. The ship is scheduled to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a combined exercise between U.S. and Australian forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

October 11, DDG 53 departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after a routine port visit. The Jones is currently assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group and will participate in ANNUALEX 2005, an annual exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.

June 8, 2006 USS John Paul Jones pulled into Portland, Oregon, to participate in Rose Festival's Fleet Week, an annual event in which ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian navy transit up the Columbia River to take part in the festival.

October 7, The John Paul Jones arrived in San Francisco, Calif., to participate in Fleet Week 2006.

December 10, USS John Paul Jones is currently conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group.

March 8, 2007 The Nimitz CSG 11, including DDG 53, took their final steps toward deployment as they completed the Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) March 2.

April 2, USS John Paul Jones departed San Diego in support of operations in U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

June 10, The John Paul Jones departed Brisbane, Australia, to participate in exercise Talisman Sabre 2007 (TS07).

August 14, DDG 53 concluded its participation in Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 off the coast of Guam, during the joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX).

September 30, USS John Paul Jones returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

January 24, 2008 USS John Paul Jones departed homeport for a surge western Pacific deployment, as part of USS Nimitz CSG.

February 28, The guided-missile destroyer pulled to Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.

April 24, DDG 53 departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after a four-day port call.

May 3, The John Paul Jones arrived in Seward, Alaska, for a brief port call before participating in the two-week Exercise Northern Edge.

November 7, Cmdr. Sam R. Hancock Jr. relieved Cmdr. Christopher K. Barnes as commanding officer of the USS John Paul Jones during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

November 24, 2009 USS John Paul Jones returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). The ship visited Manama, Bahrain; and Phuket, Thailand.

September 7, 2010 The guided-missile destroyer departed dry-dock after an 11-week period. USS John Paul Jones was the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to undergo modernization at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility, receiving the hull mechanical & electrical portions of the upgrade.

March 4, 2011 The John Paul Jones concluded sea trials, marking the completion of the first phase of the DDG Modernization (DDG MOD) upgrade.

March 25, USS John Paul Jones returned home after a two-week underway period for routine training in preparation for a deployment later this year, which will be followed by the Combat Systems portion of DDG MOD beginning in the summer of 2012.

April 15, DDG 53 departed Naval Base San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

June 10, USS John Paul Jones anchored off the coast of Malibu, California, to celebrate "Navy Days". This is a first ever port call by U.S. Navy warship to this city.

August 12, The guided-missile destroyer returned to San Diego after a week underway period for routine training, three days filming for the movie Battleship and ammunition onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

September 19, The John Paul Jones departed homeport for a two-week certifications.

November 29, USS John Paul Jones departed Naval Base San Diego for an independent deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).

December 5, DDG 53 arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a brief port call.

December 16, The John Paul Jones recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

December 27, USS John Paul Jones anchored off the coast of Phuket for a four-day visit to Thailand.

January 9, 2012 The guided-missile destroyer recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a week-long port call.

March 1, Cmdr. Jonathan C. Duffy relieved Cmdr. Christopher A. Cegielski as CO of DDG 53 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

March 8, USS John Paul Jones recently departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a week-long visit to Dubai.

March 15, USS John Paul Jones, along with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318), rescued 24 Filipino mariners from the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker M/V Stolt Valorin, that was caught on fire, approximately 50 miles southeast of Farsi Island, Iran. The destroyer is currently assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 152.

May 17, The John Paul Jones pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port at Hidd, Bahrain, for a three-day port call.

June 7, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.

July 3, USS John Paul Jones returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

September 12, DDG 53 entered the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility for a 12-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

June 21, 2013 Cmdr. Andrew J. Thomson relieved Cmdr. Jonathan C. Duffy as commanding officer of the John Paul Jones during a pierside ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

July 19, USS John Paul Jones completed the second of three combat systems testing and sea trials, in support of the first-ever integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) destroyer Aegis Baseline 9C combat systems upgrade. Underway again on Sept. 9; Underway for routine training from Sept. 25-26; Underway for CSSQT in early February 2014.

May 29, The John Paul Jones departed homeport for a day-long Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) Cruise.

From June 18-20, USS John Paul Jones successfully conducted a series of five live-fire tests, off the coast of southern California, for the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System during Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) and Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) capability.

June 27, Cmdr. James L. Storm relieved Capt. Thomas P. Shaw as Commander, Afloat Training Group San Diego, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the John Paul Jones at Naval Base San Diego.

August 15, USS John Paul Jones arrived in its new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, after a nine-day transit from San Diego, Calif.