USS LABOON
DDG 58
  
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The Laboon (DDG 58) is named for Father John Francis Laboon (1921-1988), a Captain in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy, who was awarded the Silver Star during World War II while serving on USS Peto (SS 265). The ship's keel was laid down on March 23, 1992, at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. It was christened and launched on February 20, 1993. Sister Marry de Lellis Laboon, Sister Rosemary Laboon and Sister Joan Laboon served as sponsors of the ship, named for their late brother. Cmdr. Douglas D. McDonald is the prospective commanding officer.

March 18, 1995 USS Laboon was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.

September 3, 1996 USS Laboon launched Tomahawk Missiles on selected air defense targets in Iraq, becaming the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to engage in combat. During its deployment to the Arabian Gulf, the ship also conducted Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) to help stem the flow of U.N. embargoed goods into and out of Iraq. Also participated in exercises Rugged Nautilus and Neon Falcon.

February 26, 1998 USS Laboon departed Naval Station Norfolk for its second deployment, as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group (BG). After a port calls to Augusta Bay, Sicily; and Corfu, Greece, the guided-missile destroyer participated in exercise Dynamic Response, in the Adriatic Sea. After two weeks at sea, the Laboon anchored off Aksaz Karaagac for a port visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port calls to Rhodes, Greece; and Izmir, Turkey, before participating in exercise Distant Thunder, in the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean. After that, DDG 58 visited Naples, Italy; Cannes, France; Villefranche, France; Ibiza, Spain; and Rota, Spain. Returned to homeport in early July.

From April 6-23, 1999, the Laboon was underway in the Puerto Rican Op. Area for Group-Sail with Destroyer Squadron 26. Port call to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

May 28, The guided-missile destroyer departed Norfolk for a Family Day Cruise.

June 18, USS Laboon arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a two-day port visit.

July 16, Cmdr. Eugene F. Moran, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Michael K. Mahon as commanding officer of DDG 58 during a ceremony while pierside at Nauticus in downtown Norfolk.

From September 27 through Oct. 28, the Laboon was underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) BG. Port call to St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Dec. 3-16.

January 19, 2000 The Laboon departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Family Day Cruise.

February 18, USS Laboon departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

March 10, The Laboon arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Souda Bay, Greece, from March 15-17.

March 29, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a six-day port call. Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from April 11-13.

May 14, USS Laboon arrived in Aqaba, Jordan, for a five-day port call.

May 25, DDG 58 arrived in Mehon, Spain, for a four-day visit to Menorca Island. Port call to Trieste, Italy, from June 2-6.

June 12, USS Laboon arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a three-day visit before participating in anti-submarine warfare exercise SHAREM 133. Port calls to Valencia, Spain, (June 26-29); Sainte-Maxime, France, (July 3-7); and Civitavecchia, Italy, (July 10-14).

July 17, The Laboon arrived at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy, for a week-long maintenance availability with USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

July 28, USS Laboon arrived in Split, Croatia, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Gibraltar, British overseas territory, from Aug. 4-7.

August 15, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, for a brief port call to embark "Tigers."

August 18, USS Laboon returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

In October, the Laboon entered the NORSHIPCO shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

March 22, 2002 USS Laboon departed homeport for a COMPTUEX, in the Puerto Rican OPAREA, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) BG.

April 22, DDG 58 pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads for a three-day port call before commencing a JTFEX. Returned to Norfolk on May 6.

June 6, The Laboon departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

June 20, USS Laboon departed Norfolk for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment.

July 5, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Split, Croatia, for a four-day port visit.

July 11, The Laboon pulled into Aksaz Naval Base for a four-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port call to Souda Bay, Crete, from July 16-20. Transited Suez Canal on 22nd. Participated in exercise Eagle Salute off Safaga, Egypt, from July 24-27. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from Sept. 16-19.

October 5, USS Laboon pulled into Victoria, Seychelles, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Mediterranean on Oct. 15. Port call to Souda Bay from Oct. 19-22.

November 5, The Laboon pulled into Palma, Spain, for an eight-day port visit to participate in exercise Pioner IV with the German Navy.

November 17, Cmdr. Michael G. Graham relieved Cmdr. Philip C. Pardue as CO of the Laboon during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Toulon Naval Base, France. Underway on Nov. 21 after a four-day port call. Port visit to Koper, Slovenia, from Nov. 22-26.

December 20, USS Laboon returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom and Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

March 14?, 2003 The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Philadelphia, Pa., for a five-day port visit to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day. Underway for SINKEX from April 1-12.

April 21, USS Laboon entered the NORSHIPCO shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on July 8. Underway for sea trials from July 21-22. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from July 23-25.

September 15, The Laboon emergency sortied from Norfolk to evade the Hurricane Isabel.

June 30, 2004 DDG 58 moored at Penn's Landing Pier in Philadelphia to take part in the city's "Let Freedom Ring" Fourth of July celebration.

May 1, 2005 USS Laboon departed the South Florida region after participating in the 2005 Fleet Week USA festivities and the Air and Sea Show held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 25- May 1.

July 17, USS Laboon, operating in the Atlantic in support of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group's JTFEX, assisted a stranded civilian sailboat Long Wei, about 125 miles off the coast of Georgia.

September 22, The Laboon joined USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 8, for their Certification Exercise (CERTEX), off the East Coast. The Laboon will not deploy with ESG-8 next month.

April 20, 2007 USS Laboon, along with USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) and USS Simpson (FFG 56), arrived at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, to participate in exercise Neptune Warrior.

June 21, The guided-missile destroyer is currently in the Atlantic Ocean participating in Exercise FRUKUS 2007 along with ships from United Kingdom, France and Russia. The five-day exercise are taking place at Naval Station Norfolk and in the waters off the Virginia and North Carolina coast.

January 9, 2008 USS Laboon pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call. The ship is on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 and is conducting operations in support of Operation Active Endeavor.

January 29, 2009 USS Laboon departed Norfolk to the Mediterranean Sea, as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Groups.

February 27, The Laboon completed its participation in the annual anti-submarine warfare exercise Noble Manta 09, in the Ionian Sea, off the eastern coast of Sicily. The exercise was conducted from Feb. 13-27 and was a cooperative effort facilitated by NATO assets in conjunction with Command Task Force 67 and included six submarines, 10 surface ships and 13 aircraft from countries including France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Canada.

April 25, DDG 58 recently pulled into Malaga, Spain, for a scheduled port visit. Inport Lisbon, Portugal, from May 26-31.

June 6, USS Laboon anchored off the coast of Split, Croatia, for a four-day port visit.

June 29, Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2, under the command of Commodore Steve Chick, assumed responsibility from SNMG1, at a ceremony in Red Sea, for conducting counter piracy operations off Somalia as part of the ongoing Operation Allied Protector. Currently SNMG2 consists of USS Laboon, HMS Cornwall (F 99), HS Navarinon (F 461), ITS Libeccio (F 572) and TCG Gediz (F 495).

August 28, USS Laboon, commanded by Cmdr. Donald J. Donegan, returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

March 28, 2010 The Laboon departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 10-1 off the coast of Scotland from April 10-23. USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and USS Kauffman (FFG 59) are also participating.

April 25, DDG 58 departed Faslane, Scotland, after a two-day port call and is scheduled to conduct follow-on theater security cooperation port visits in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

April 30, USS Laboon arrived in Tallinn, Estonia, for a three-day port visit.

May 5, The guided-missile destroyer departed Helsinki, Finland, after a two-day port call.

August 17, USS Laboon departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1.

September 1, The Laboon pulled into Grand Harbour for a brief port visit to Valletta, Malta.

September 10, DDG 58 recently arrived in the Gulf of Aden to take part in Operation Ocean Shield - NATO’s counter piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.

January 28, 2011 USS Laboon pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

February 2, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Cartagena, Spain, for a scheduled port visit.

February 16, USS Laboon returned to homeport after a six-month underway period.

June 30, The Laboon recently returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing sea trials, following a three-month shipyard availability at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair.

August 25, DDG 58 departed Norfolk for several days at sea to avoid the approaching Cat. 3 Hurricane Irene.

March 12, 2012 USS Laboon is currently underway for a Group Sail operations as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG.

March 15, The Laboon moored at the Massport Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in South Boston to participate in St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

May 10, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.

May 25, USS Laboon arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, for a four-day port visit to participate in the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

June 1, The Laboon departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

July 11, USS Laboon departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

July 28, DDG 58 departed Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, after a routine port call.

August 23, Cmdr. Christopher F. Cigna relieved Cmdr. James L. Storm as CO of the Laboon during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Haifa, Israel.

September 6, USS Laboon recently arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, for another port visit.

September 12, The Laboon arrived off the coast of Libya after four U.S. diplomats, including ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed in Benghazi during a heavily armed and possibly planned assault on a flimsily protected consulate facility on the Sept. 11.

October 6, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Karakoy Pier in Istanbul, Turkey, for a port visit. Two suspects in the killing of ambassador Stevens have been detained at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Oct. 5.

October 29, USS Laboon departed Naval Support Activity Souda Bay after a routine port call.

November 12, The Laboon recently arrived in Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.?

January 11, 2013 USS Laboon, along with USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the French Marine Nationale anti-air frigate FS Jean Bart (D615), while underway in the Mediterranean Sea.

February 3, The Laboon arrived in Kusadasi, Turkey, for a three-day port visit.

February 13, DDG 58 pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

March 11, USS Laboon returned to Naval Station Norfolk after an eight-month deployment.

May 3, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair was awarded a $48.6 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4308) for the USS Laboon's Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by December.

January 2?, 2014 Cmdr. Christopher M. McCallum relieved Cmdr. Christopher F. Cigna as the 15th CO of USS Laboon.

February 28, The Laboon recently returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a brief underway for sea trials.

June 6, USS Laboon, along with the USS Cole (DDG 67), participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX), off the coast of Virginia, with the French amphibious assault ship FS Mistral (L9013) and FS La Fayette (F710).

August 8, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.