- See also USS Young for similarly named ships.
USS John Young (DD-973)USS John Young in the Pacific, 1 May 1981 after firing its two 5 inch/54-caliber guns during a gunnery exercise. Career (US) Namesake: John Young Ordered: 26 January 1972 Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding Laid down: 17 February 1975 Launched: 6 January 1976 Acquired: 1 May 1978 Commissioned: 20 May 1978 Decommissioned: 30 September 2002 Struck: 6 November 2002 </td></tr> Fate: Sunk as a target on 13 April 2004 General characteristics Class & type: Spruance class destroyer Displacement: 8,040 (long) tons full load Length: 529 ft (161 m) waterline; 563 ft (172 m) overall Beam: 55 ft (16.8 m) Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m) Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 80,000 shp (60 MW) Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h) Range:
- 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
- 3,300 nautical miles (6,100 km; 3,800 mi) at 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 19 officers, 315 enlisted Sensors and
- AN/SPS-40 air search radar
- AN/SPG-60 fire control radar
- AN/SPS-55 surface search radar
- AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
- Mk 23 TAS automatic detection and tracking radar
- AN/SPS-65 Missile fire control radar
- AN/SQS-53 bow mounted Active sonar
- AN/SQR-19 TACTAS towed array Passive sonar
- Naval Tactical Data System
- AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
- AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
- Mark 36 SRBOC Decoy Launching System
- AN/SLQ-49 Inflatable Decoys
- 2 x 5 in (127 mm) 54 calibre Mark 45 dual purpose guns
- 2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Mark 15 guns
- 1 x 8 cell ASROC launcher (removed)
- 1 x 8 cell NATO Sea Sparrow Mark 29 missile launcher
- 2 x quadruple Harpoon missile canisters
- 2 x Mark 32 triple 12.75 in (324 mm) torpedo tubes (Mk 46 torpedoes)
- 1 x 61 cell Mk 41 VLS launcher for Tomahawk missiles
1 x 21 round RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
Aircraft carried: 2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters. </td></tr> Motto: Prends La Mer Avec Courage
("Set Sail With Courage")
USS John Young (DD-973), named for Captain John Young USN, was a Spruance-class destroyer of the United States Navy. The ship was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries at Pascagoula, Mississippi.
John Young, following appropriate Congressional notification, became one of eight combat ships that began receiving women as crewmembers in 1994.
As part of a reorganization by the Pacific Fleet's surface ships into six core battle groups and eight destroyer squadrons, with the reorganization scheduled to be completed by 1 October 1995, and homeport changes to be completed within the following, year, John Young was reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 23.
On 28 April 1996, Navy and Coast Guard inspectors aboard John Young boarded a merchant ship thus marking the 10,000th such boarding in support of UN sanctions against Iraq. As part of a multinational maritime interception force, operating in the Persian Gulf, the team boarded an Indian flagged dhow in the Persian Gulf to make the milestone boarding. The vessel was empty and permitted to proceed.
John Young departed San Diego on 18 November 1997 en route to the Persian Gulf for a six-month deployment as part of the Middle East Force (MEF).
John Young teamed up with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) in late March 2001 for a major drug bust at sea. She was last stationed at San Diego, California.
John Young was decommissioned 30 September 2002 and stricken 6 November 2002, laid up at Bremerton, Washington NISMF. On 13 April 2004, John Young was sunk by a Mark 48 torpedo fired by USS Pasadena (SSN-752) during exercise RimPac 2004. Two computer games, U.S.S. John Young 1 and 2, published for the Commodore 64 in 1990 and 1992, were simulations of combat featuring the John Young.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to USS John Young (DD-973).
- Naval Vessel Register entry for John Young
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- dd973.org: USS JOHN YOUNG WEBSITE
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