USS JOHN S. MCCAIN
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July 2, 1994 USS John S. McCain was commissioned during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Mrs. Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Senator John McCain, served as the ship's sponsor. DDG 56 is named in honor of Admiral John S. McCain (1884-1945), the distinguished World War II carrier task force commander, and his son, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (1911-1981), former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. The Admirals were the grandfather and father to Senator McCain.

July 27, USS John S. McCain departed Bath for its first underway period, crewed and manned by its "plankowner" sailors. Ammunition onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Aug. 1-3.

August 17, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Rodman Naval Base for a brief port call after transiting Panama Canal.

August 23, The McCain anchored off Acapulco, Mexico, for a three-day port visit.

September 2, DDG 56 arrived in Naval Station San Diego to conduct routine training off the coast of southern California.

September 26, USS John S. McCain arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

From October 31 through Nov. 19, the John S. McCain was underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT). Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Dec. 8-11. Ammo offload at Naval Magazine Lualualei, Hawaii, from Jan. 17-19, 1995; Underway for final contract trials from Jan. 23-28; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) from Jan. 30- Feb. 18 and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from Feb. 21-25.

February 27, USS John S. McCain entered the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Sea trials from May 12-13.

May 19, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a three-day Dependent's Cruise to Kona, Hawaii.

July 17, DDG 56 departed Pearl Harbor to conduct routine training off the coast of southern California. Port calls to San Diego from July 24-25 and 29-31st.

August 1, USS John S. McCain anchored in Monterey Bay, Calif., for a three-day port visit to participate in Missile Symposium. Returned home on Aug. 12. Ammo onload at NAVMAG Lualualei from Sept. 12-13. Underway for Middle East Force Exercise Phase II from Sept. 25-29 in the Hawaiian Op. Area.

November 10, USS John S. McCain departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden deployment as part of Middle East Force 95-4.

November 24, The McCain anchored in Victoria Harbor for a five-day visit to Hong Kong. Port call to Singapore from Dec. 4-8.

December 18, USS John S. McCain anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a turnover with USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). Port calls to Dubai, U.A.E., from Dec. 21-26; Jan. 25-31, 1996; and Feb. 24-28.

March 16, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a two-day port call.

March 25, USS John S. McCain arrived in Cochin, India, for a three-day port visit before participating in exercise Malabar '96. Port call to Fremantle, Australia, from April 9-13.

April 18, The McCain arrived in Newcastle, Australia, for an eight-day port call. Cmdr. Michael C. Vitale relieved Cmdr. John K. Ross as CO of DDG 56. Port visit to Suva, Fiji, from May 1-3 to embark "Tigers."

May 10, USS John S. McCain returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

From July 5-21, the John S. McCain was underway in support of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Special Project TCMP 23.

August 23, The guided-missile destroyer departed Pearl Harbor for a three-day Dependent's Cruise to Lahaina, Maui.

September 17, USS John S. McCain entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

The McCain was underway for routine trainings in the Hawaiian OPAREA from Jan. 13-18, 1997; Feb. 18-21; Feb. 25- March 1; and March 4-8.

March 18, USS John S. McCain departed homeport for routine training off the coast of southern California. Port calls to Naval Base San Diego from March 24- April 1 and April 4-7.

April 11, DDG 56 pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port visit. Returned to Pearl Harbor on April 21. The ship was in dry-dock from April 23 through May 21 for sonar dome inspection. Underway for sea trials from May 27-29 and Dependent's Day Cruise on 30th.

June 27, USS John S. McCain arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, after a 10-day transit from Pearl Harbor.

From July 4-9, the McCain was underway for routine training. Underway again for TSTA II on Aug. 20. Port call to White Beach, Okinawa, from Aug. 25-26.

September 5, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, for a four-day port call. Port visit to Qingdao, China, from Sept. 11-15. Returned home on 20th. Underway again on Oct. 14.

October 18, USS John S. McCain arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Hong Kong from Nov. 8-12. Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 16.

December 8, Cmdr. James E. Wise relieved Cmdr. Michael C. Vitale as commanding officer of the John S. McCain.

January 23, 1998 USS John S. McCain departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a surge Middle East deployment, as part of the Independence (CV 62) Battle Group.

February 6, DDG 56 entered the Arabian Gulf after transiting Straits of Hormuz. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from Feb. 23-27.

March 16, The John S. McCain pulled into Dubai, U.A.E., for a four-day port visit. Port calls to Manama (April 11-15; 19-23; May 16-20) and Jebel Ali, U.A.E., (May 2-7).

May 30, The McCain anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day visit. Returned to homeport on June 11.

July 9, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Kure, Japan, for a three-day port visit.

July 21, USS John S. McCain arrived in Tonghae, ROK, for a brief port call to refuel and to embark Commander, Destroyer Squadron 15. Port call to Busan from July 28-30.

August 2, USS John S. McCain arrived in Qingdao, China, for a four-day port visit.

August 9, DDG 56 departed Okinawa after a brief port call to assume position for tracking missile shot from the North Korea. Returned home on Aug. 16 after a four-week underway period. Underway for sea trials from Oct. 22-23. Ammo onload from Oct. 28-29.

November 2, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka, Japan, to participate in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX). Port visit to Sendai from Nov. 13-16. Underway again from Dec. 1-5 for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) off Okinawa. Port call to Hong Kong from Dec. 10-14.

In May 2001, the McCain took part in a combined military training exercise Tandem Thrust, involving more than 18,000 U.S., Australian, and Canadian personnel who are training in crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations.

In July, USS John S. McCain participated in CSOFEX with the South Korean military and U.S. Army and Naval forces. Several members from the Korean Navy and the United States Sixth Cavalry were brought aboard the McCain to simultaneously execute a joint exercise while conducting training.

March 12, 2002 The McCain underway for sea trials after an emergent dry-dock repair to rudders that were damaged in February during the MISSILEX and NSFS off Okinawa. From March 14 through April 4, the ship was underway for Group-Sail operations.

April 15, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a scheduled Middle East deployment, as part of the Kitty Hawk (CV 63) BG.

April 22, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Singapore for a four-day port visit.

May 25, DDG 56 arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call. Another visit to Bahrain from July 1-3.

July 15, USS John S. McCain pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a brief port call before participating in a multinational exercise Iron Siren.

August 2, The McCain anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day visit. Port call to Bali, Indonesia, from Aug. 10-14. Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from Aug. 20-22 to pick up "Tigers."

August 24, USS John S. McCain returned to homeport after more than a four-month deployment.

September 30, The John S. McCain arrived in Chinhae, ROK, for a brief port call before participating in exercise SHAREM 142. Another visit to Chinhae from Oct. 11-14.

November 6, USS John S. McCain departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka to participate in ANNUALEX 14G.

November 18, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call before participating Counter Special Operations Forces Exercise (CSOFEX) 03-1, off the coast of Korea, Nov. 19-23.

From January through May 2003, the McCain was deployed to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf along with USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

November 25, The McCain departed Dry Dock 4 at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka after a three-week repairs to its port rudder.

January 28, 2004 USS John S. McCain, along with USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS O’Brien (DD 975), USS Cushing (DD 985) and USS Vincennes (CG 49), recently participated in a semi-annual Multi-Sail exercise in the Okinawa Op. Area.

April 6, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Sattahip, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.

August 15, Cmdr. William Wagner relieved Cmdr. Kevin P. Campbell as CO of the USS John S. McCain during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

From January 10 through March 28, 2005, the "Big Bad John" was deployed to western Pacific, as part of the Kitty Hawk CSG. Port calls to Hong Kong, Chinae and Poyngtaek.

May 31, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

November 6, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Hakodate, Japan, for a goodwill port visit.

December 5, DDG 56 arrived in Langkawi, Malaysia, to participate in the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace 2005 Exposition.

February 25, 2006 USS John S. McCain pulled into Kagoshima, Japan, for a routine port call.

April 11, The McCain departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. The ship recently participated in an annual combined and joint exercise Foal Eagle '06, from March 24-31.

June 8, USS John S. McCain departed homeport for a regularly scheduled deployment with the USS Kitty Hawk BG.

June 20, The "Big Bad John" is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shield, off the coast of Guam, involving more than 20,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

August 30, The McCain arrived in Saipan for a five-day visit to the Northern Mariana Islands.

October 17, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a Fall Patrol, with the USS Kitty Hawk CSG.

November 13, DDG 56 is currently off the coast of Japan participating in ANNUALEX, the largest billateral exercise between the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. About 8,500 U.S. Sailors are taking part aboard 13 ships, submarines and various shore-based aircraft. About 90 JMSDF ships and 130 aircraft are also participating.

Febuary 15, 2007 The guided-missile destroyer departed Dry Dock 5 after a DSRA at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

March 19, USS John S. McCain, commanded by Cmdr. Thomas C. Halvorson, departed homeport for a Spring Patrol.

April 16, The McCain participated in Trilateralex with ships from the Indian navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the Tokyo Bay.

May 7, USS John S. McCain arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a scheduled port visit and to participate in a Victory Day celebrations. Victory Day, which is called "V.E. Day" (for Victory in Europe Day) in the U.S., is celebrated on May 9 in Russia as the day in 1945 when the Allies accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany, ending World War II in Europe.

June 30, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Nigata, Japan, for a routine port visit.

August 10, DDG 56 is currently participating in Exercise Valiant Shiled 2007, as part of USS Kitty Hawk CSG, in the Pacific Ocean.

September 10, The John S. McCain returned to Yokosuka after a six-week underway period.

November 1, USS John S. McCain pulled into Sendai, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

February 9, 2008 The McCain recently arrived in Ishikari, Japan, for a routine port call.

February 20, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port visit.

February 28, DDG 56 pulled into Donghae, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port call.

March 10, The John S. McCain assisted in the rescue of 11 crew members of a Republic of Korea (ROK) commercial fishing boat M/V Je 2 Bong Ho off the Korean Peninsula.

July 14, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a scheduled underway period.

July 30, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, for a goodwill port visit.

August 20, After visiting Brisbane, Australia, DDG 56 arrived in Sydney for a five-day port call.

August 29, The John S. McCain pulled into Melbourne for a scheduled port visit.

October 8, The "Big Bad John" pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, to celebrate the 2008 International Fleet Review, the 60th anniversary of the Korean government and its armed forces.

November 21, USS John S. McCain returned to Naval Base Yokosuka after a four-month deployment.

March 1, 2009 The guided-missile destroyer is currently serving as the flagship for MultiSail exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

March 17, DDG 56 is currently participating in a joint exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle '09 off the coast of Korea. The ship recently departed Pyeongtaek after a port call.

March 28, Cmdr. Jeffrey J. Kim relieved Cmdr. John S. Banigan as CO of the John S. McCain during a change-of-command ceremony held pierside at the ROK Naval Activities Center in Busan.

March 30, USS John S. McCain departed Busan, Republic of Korea, for the East Sea to monitor and track the North Korean rocket launch slated for early April. Three Aegis-equipped destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force also left their homeports over the weekend following an order to intercept any ballistic missile launched by North Korea into Japan's airspace.

April 2, The McCain returned to Yokosuka after a scheduled underway period.

May 5, The guided-missile destroyer recently departed Donghae, Republic of Korea, after a goodwill port visit.

May 20, USS John S. McCain arrived in Cebu to participate in the Philippines phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

June 13, The Chinese submarine hit an underwater sonar array being towed by the John S. McCain near Subic Bay on June 11. The two ships did not colide but the towed array was damaged.

June 15, DDG 56 pulled into Sasebo, Japan, for a fuether damage assessment.

June 20, USS John S. McCain is currently tracking a North Korean-flagged vessel Kang Nam and is ready to intercept a ship that is suspected of carrying weaponry or nuclear materials in defiance of a UN resolution 1874. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the United States would not forcibly board a North Korean ship but, in accordance with a recent U.N. resolution, would request permission to search the ship or press any port the ship docks in to inspect it for illegal materials.

July 1, U.S. officials said Tuesday that a North Korean ship, that departed port of Nampo on June 17, has turned around and is headed back toward the north where it came from, after being tracked for more than a week. The Kang Nam was some 250 miles south of Hong Kong on Tuesday. The McCain recently returned to its homeport of Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

July 21, The "Big Bad John" pulled into Yokohama, Japan, to participate in the 150th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Port of Yokohama. The McCain's historic port visit is first by U.S. Navy ship in over a decade.

September 10, The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port call. Returned home on Sept. 1?.

October 19, The guided-missile destroyer is currently in dry-dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 16, 2010 USS John S. McCain departed homeport for a scheduled underway period.

March 19, DDG 56 arrived in Donghae, Republic of Korea, to take part in bilateral exercise Foal Eagle 2010.

April 13, The McCain is currently participating in a semi-annual Multi-Sail 2010 exercise, off the coast of Okinawa, that allows Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) Fifteen ships opportunities to improve their combined combat readiness.

May 13, USS John S. McCain pulled into Hong Kong for a scheduled port call.

July 9, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Kagoshima with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships as part of joint U.S.-Japan port visits being conducted this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the alliance between the two nations.

July 21, The McCain pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port visit before participating in joint exercise Invincible Spirit. Brief stop at Sasebo, Japan, on Aug. 2.

August 10, USS John S. McCain arrived in Da Nang to to commemorate the 15th anniversary of normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam.

September 4, USS John S. McCain, along with USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), pulled into Manila Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port visit.

September 27, DDG 56 joined with other U.S. and Republic of Korea naval forces in the Yellow Sea for the start of a five-day exercise designed "to send a message of deterrence to North Korea" and strengthen U.S. relations with South Korea. The exercise is the latest in a series of U.S.-South Korea drills called "Invincible Spirit" and focused on anti-submarine warfare training in the waters west of the Korean peninsula. It originally was scheduled to begin Sept. 5 but military officials delayed it when sea conditions turned foul when Typhoon Malou struck the region earlier this month.

November 29, Cmdr. Matthew J. Lehman relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey J. Kim as CO of the McCain.

December 5, The John S. McCain is currently participating in a joint-bilateral exercise Keen Sword 2011, in the South China Sea, as part of the Washington CSG.

March 12, 2011 USS John S. McCain departed Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka to provide humanitarian assistance in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan as directed. Brief stop at Sasebo, Japan, on March 23.

March 29, DDG 56 returned to Yokosuka for well deserved rest after concluding its support in Operation Tomodachi; Underway again on April 2.

April 6, USS John S. McCain moored at Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit; Returned home on April 12.

May 28, The McCain departed homeport for a few days to avoid Typhoon Songda.

July 18, USS John S. McCain arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

August 6, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a five-day port visit.

August 30, The John S. McCain departed CFAY to avoid the Tropical Storm Talas.

January 26, 2012 USS John C. McCain recently arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, to participate in Multi-Sail 2012 exercise.

February 3, DDG 56 returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a two-week underway period.

February 27, The McCain underway in Tokyo Bay to prepare for an upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

April 20, USS John S. McCain returned to homeport after a two-week underway period. Brief port visit to Guam on April 14.

April 25, Cmdr. Scott B. Hattaway relieved Cmdr. Matthew J. Lehman as CO of the John C. McCain during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at CFAY.

October 9, The John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a routine Fall Patrol.

October 22, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Puerto Princesa City at Palawan Island, Philippines, for a five-day port visit. Returned home on Nov. 19.

November 30, USS John S. McCain recently pulled into Pyeongtaek Naval Base for a brief port call before participating in a bilateral exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy. The ship departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka on Nov. 27; Returned home on Dec. 14.

From January 24-25, 2013, the McCain was underway for local operations.

March 1, USS John S. McCain departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka to conduct Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off Okinawa. Anchored at A-10 off Yokosuka to onload 5" ammuniton on March 2.

March 6, The McCain recently anchored off White Beach, Okinawa, for a brief stop to disembark the Marine spotters and conduct emergent repairs.

March 9, DDG 56 anchored off Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call before participating in annual joint exercise Foal Eagle. Returned home on March 24; Underway in support of emergent national tasking from April 1-20; Underway for local operations from April 22-25.

August 12, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a week-long underway to conduct sea trials and ammo onload at A-12 after a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Anchored at A-12 again on Aug. 22; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 24; Underway for routine training from Sept. 12-1?; Underway again from Sept. 21- Oct. 7.

October 11, Cmdr. Charles R. Sargeant relieved Cmdr. Scott B. Hattaway as CO of the McCain during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth 3, Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

November 15, USS John S. McCain departed homeport for an 11-day underway to conduct routine training; Underway again on Dec. 10.

January 28, 2014 The guided-missile destroyer anchored at A-12 for ammo onload. Moored at Harbor Master Pier (HMP) West on Jan. 30; Underway for local operations on Feb. 1.

February 4, USS John S. McCain moored at Quay 1, Yufutsu Wharf in Port of Tomakomai, Iburi Prefecture, Japan, for a six-day port visit in conjunction with the 65th annual Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival; Brief stop at Yokosuka on Feb. 12; Moored at HMP East on Feb. 13.

March 5, USS John S. McCain departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol; Anchored at A-12 for ammo onload from March 5-6.

March 18, The John S. McCain recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call before participating in a Multi-Sail exercise from March 21-25; Inport Yokosuka from March 31- April 1.

April 7, USS John S. McCain moored at Berth 1, Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a five-day port visit to participate in Naval Exchange Activity (NEA). Participated in Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) with the Vietnam People's Navy minesweeper (HQ 862) on April 12; Returned home on April 19; Anchored at A-12 for ammo offload on April 21; Underway again on May 15.

May 15, DDG 56 anchored off Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the 75th Black Ship Festival. Returned home on May 19; Anchored at A-12 on May 20.

May 23, USS John S. McCain departed departed homeport for a Summer Patrol as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG.

June 1, The John S. McCain moored at Busan Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a brief port call before participating in at-sea phase of Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure (SHAREM) exercise, from June 2-6.

June 16, USS John S. McCain anchored at Kellett Anchorage #1 in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

June 26, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Alava Wharf in Subic Bay to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines. Underway for at-sea phase from June 28-30; Inport Subic Bay again from June 30- July 1.

July 12, USS John S. McCain anchored off Pyeongtaek Naval Base, ROK, for a three-day port call before participating in a bilateral training exercise with the Republic of Korea Navy through July 20.

July 24, DDG 56 moored outboard the JS Ashigara (DDG 178) at Tategami Pier 1 in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Malabar 2014; Moored at Berth 6, India Basin in Sasebo from Aug. 1-4.

August 7, USS John S. McCain returned to Yokosuka after a two-and-a-half month underway period.

October 1, The John S. McCain anchored at A-12 for ammunition onload; Underway for local operations from Oct. 2-3; Emergency sortied to avoid the Typhoon Phanfone from Oct. 4-8; Underway for MCI Preps. on Oct. 11, 15-16 and 21st; Underway for Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) assessment with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on Oct. 25.

October 27, USS John S. McCain departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol.

From November 11-19, the McCain participated in Annual Exercise (ANNNUALEX) 26G/Keen Sword 2015, with the USS George Washington CSG and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, north off Okinawa, Japan.

November 21, USS John S. McCain moored at Maizuru Naval Base, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

December 1, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth 8, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a four-day port call.

December 15, USS John S. McCain returned to homeport after a seven-week Fall Patrol.

January 7, 2015 The John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol.

January 29, DDG 56 moored at Busan Naval Base for a four-day port call after participated in a two-week bilateral training exercises with the USS Mustin (DDG 89) and Republic of Korea Navy; Returned home on Feb. 6; Underway again on Feb. 17.

February 19, USS John S. McCain moored at Berth 7, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a nine-day port call to participate in a Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint (FST-J) exercise, with the JDS Chokai (DDG 176), from Feb. 23-27.

March 4, The McCain moored at Pyeongtaek Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a four-day visit in preparation for annual joint exercise Foal Eagle; Anchored at Yokosuka's A-12 for ammo offload on March 16.

March 17, USS John S. McCain moored at Harbor Master Pier (HMP) West after completing its Spring Patrol.

March 31, The guided-missile destroyer entered the Dry Dock #6 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

May 28, Cmdr. Chad W. Graham relieved Cmdr. Charles R. Sargeant as the 14th CO of DDG 56 during a change-of-command ceremony at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard.

January 28, 2016 The John S. McCain undocked and moored at Berth 8, CFAY; Moved to Berth 3 on May 16; Underway for sea trials and ammo onload from May 31- June 6; Underway in support of emergent national tasking on June 20.

July 2, USS John S. McCain recently moored at Berth 1, India Basin in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a liberty port visit; Moored at Berth 3, Fleet Activities Yokosuka on July 16; Underway again from Aug. 1-5; Brief underway on Aug. 19; Emergency sortied due to approaching Tropical Storm Mindulle from Aug. 21-23.

August 24, USS John S. McCain departed Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol.

September 1, DDG 56 moored at Berth 2, Sierra Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port visit.

September 13, The John S. McCain, along with USS Benfold (DDG 65), participated in a sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the ex-USS Rentz (FFG 46), 117 nautical miles northeast of Guam, as part of a biennial field training exercise Valiant Shield 2016.

September 21, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez relieved Cmdr. Chad W. Graham as CO of the McCain during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in the Philippine Sea.

September 28, USS John S. McCain moored at Berth 1, Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a three-day port visit to participate in Naval Exchange Activity (NEA); Moored at Finger Pier, Cam Ranh International Port from Oct. 2-4.

October 16, The John S. McCain moored at Pyeongtaek Naval Base, ROK, for a scheduled port visit after participated in a bilateral training exercise Invincible Spirit with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG and Republic of Korea Navy ships; Transited the Taiwan Strait southbound on Oct. 2?.

November 7, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a six-day upkeep.

November 18, USS John S. McCain moored at HMP West, Fleet Activities Yokosuka following a three-month patrol.