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USS John Finn (DDG-113)
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Career
Namesake: John William Finn
Ordered: 15 June 2011
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,217 tons (full load)[1]
Length: 513 feet (156 m)[1]
Beam: 66 feet (20 m)[1]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)[1]
Speed: 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph)[1]

John Finn (DDG-113) will be an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 15 June 2011.[2] Ingalls has been a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries since its acquisition in April, 2001.[3][4] Prior to the award, Ingalls had constructed 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the last one of which was USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110).[2] 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.

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.[5][6][7][8][9]

John Finn will be the 63rd vessel in the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers, the first of which, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), was commissioned in July 1991.[10] With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any US Navy surface combatant.[11] As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, John Finn's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations.[1] During it 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– ).[3] 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 SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopters), and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability.[1] This is also the first ship class in the US Navy to include anti-NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) warfare protection.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class". http://www.fas.org/programs/ssp/man/uswpns/navy/surfacewarfare/ddg51_arleighburke.html. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Ingalls Shipbuilding Awarded U.S. Navy Construction Contract for DDG 113 Guided Missile Destroyer". GlobeNewswire. 15 February 2011. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/15/idUS217709+15-Jun-2011+GNW20110615. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis), United States of America". Net Resources International. http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/burke/. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. "America's Largest Military Shipbuilder Begins Operations as a New, Publicly Traded Company Under the Name of Huntington Ingalls Industries". http://www.globenewswire.com/newsarchive/hii/pages/news_releases.html?d=217512. 
  5. "Navy To Name Ships After Servicemen With Local Ties". KGTV. 15 February 2012. http://www.10news.com/news/30467383/detail.html. 
  6. Steuessy, Lauren (15 February 2012). "Two Navy Ships Memorialize San Diego Legends". NBC San Diego. NBCUniversal. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Two-Navy-Ships-Memorialize-San-Diego-Legends-139390333.html. 
  7. "Navy Names Five New Ships". Navy News Service. U.S. Navy. 15 February 2012. NNS120215-07. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65361. 
  8. Perry, Tony (15 February 2012). "Navy to name ships after three San Diego war heroes". http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/02/navy-name-ships-san-diego-heroes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+(L.A.+Now). 
  9. Cavas, P. Christopher (15 February 2012). "Five New U.S. Navy Ship Names Announced". Gannett Government Media. http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120215/DEFREG02/302150013/Five-New-U-S-Navy-Ship-Names-Announced?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE. 
  10. "USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)". Navy.mil. 3 February 2011. http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/DDG51.htm. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  11. Sharp, David (31 December 2009). "After 2-plus decades, Navy destroyer breaks record". Guardian Media Group. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/8879597. 

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