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USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)


Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship (1994)


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USS John S. McCain DDG-56, commissioned in July of 1994, is named after the grandfather and father of current U.S. Senator John S. McCain III.



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USS John S. McCain forms just one part of the large, and ultra-critical, group of guided-missile destroyers serving the modern United States Navy (USN) known as the Arleigh Burke-class. This class currently (2017) numbers over sixty-five total vessels with some seventy-six originally planned for procurement. In navy-speak, destroyers are used in fleet support actions or can be called to operate independently. They are relatively compact so as to be kept maneuverable and historically originated with the "Torpedo Boat Destroyer" at the turn of the last century - these vessels charged with protecting capital ships from more nimble enemy torpedo boats. Today, the destroyer has evolved to feature a full complement of missiles and advanced technologies alongside conventional, projectile-based weapons, giving them the formal title categorization of "Guided-Missile Destroyer" (hull designation of "DDG").

USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) is named after both the grandfather and father of current U.S. Senator John McCain (John S. McCain III). Both were Navy men with long running histories in the service with the Senator following suit as a naval aviator.

The warship was ordered on December 13th, 1988 and laid down on September 3rd, 1991 by Bath Iron Works of Maine. She was launched on September 26th, 1992 and commissioned for service on July 2nd, 1994. She currently makes homeport (since 1997) at Yokosuka, Japan (though originally assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) and fights under the motto of "Fortune Favors the Brave". Her stationing in the Pacific makes her a powerful player in these very important international waters.

The McCain displaces 6,900 tons under light load and 9,000 tons under full load. Her length is 505 feet and her beam measures 66 feet. The draught is 31 feet. Power is from 4 x General Electric LM2500-30 series gas turbines developing 100,000 total horsepower and driving 2 x Shafts under stern. In ideal conditions, the warship can make in excess of 30 knots and ranges out to 4,400 nautical miles. Aboard there is a complement of about 280 personnel made up of a mix of commissioned officers, chief petty officers and enlisted sailors.

The warship is laden with modern and advanced technologies: An AN/SPY1D 3D serves as the primary radar fit and an AN/SPY-67(V)2 is the surface-search installation alongside the AN/SPS-73(V)12 unit. The AN/SPG-62 handled fire control and the AN/SQS-53C is the primary sonar array with the AN/SQR-19 being the towed array model. The ship is also outfitted with AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III. For self-defense there is the MK 36 Mod 12 decoy-launching unit and the AN/SLQ-25 "Nixie" torpedo countermeasures suite. AN/SLQ-32(V)2 handles Electronic Warfare (EW).
The armament suite is led by a 29-cell and 61-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) supporting the RIM-156 SM-2 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM), the BGM-109 "Tomahawk" cruise missile and the RUM-139 VL-ASROC missile. Some ninety total missiles are carried. Beyond this are 2 x Mk 141 series Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launchers seated at midships to tackling surface threats. More conventional armament includes the Mark 45 5" /54 caliber turreted deck gun, 2 x 25mm chain guns and 4 x 12.7mm heavy machine guns. 2 x 20mm Phalanx systems handle incoming short-to-medium-ranged threats and 2 x Mk 32 torpedo launchers are carried to counter threats from submarines and surface warships at range.

Over the stern of the warship is a complete flight deck and hangar facility offering a built-in capability to launch, retrieve and repair up to 2 x Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk navy helicopters. These LAMP-equipped helicopters provide a critical over-the-horizon function and can search, track and engage enemy submarines and warships apart from the McCain itself.

USS John S. McCain's first call-to-action was in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 2003 American "Shock and Awe" campaign which eventually unseated Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein following the events of 9/11. The warship launched a salvo of thirty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles as inland targets with good results. The warship went on to claim several "Navy Battle E" decorations in the period following.

In 2011, the warship was called to aid victims of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan. From there, in 2013, she was stationed in Korean waters to help curb the nuclear ballistic missile aspirations of North Korea. Training then followed in 2014.

October 2016 - USS John S. McCain, along with USS Frank Cable, were the first USN warships to visit a Vietnamese port since the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Relations between the former enemies have thawed now that China is a rising, and assertive, power in the region. As such, smaller naval powers are calling on the USN for support in containing Chinese expansion in the area - particularly with regards to the South China Sea.

August 2017 - In continuing its operations in the South China Sea region, USS John S. McCain was spotted some twelve miles offshore of the artificial island constructed by the Chinese. This action reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the region, much to the delight of its regional allies.

Specifications



Service Year
1994

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
COMMISSIONED
In Active Service.
Complement
281
PERSONNEL


Bath Iron Works - USA
Class
Arleigh Burke-class
Number-in-Class
66
VESSELS
Ships-in-Class


USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51); USS Barry (DDG-52); USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53); USS Curtis Wilber (DDG-54); USS Stout (DDG-55); USS John S. McCain (DDG-56); USS Mitscher (DDG-57); USS Laboon (DDG-58); USS Russell (DDG-59); USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60); USS Ramage (DDG-61); USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62); USS Stethem (DDG-63); USS Carney (DDG-64); USS Benfold (DDG-65); USS Gonzalez (DDG-66); USS Cole (DDG-67); USS The Sullivans (DDG-68); USS Milius (DDG-69); USS Hopper (DDG-70); USS Ross (DDG-71); USS Mahan (DDG-72); USS Decatur (DDG-73); USS McFaul (DDG-74); USS Donald Cook (DDG-75); USS Higgins (DDG-76); USS O'Kane (DDG-77); USS Porter (DDG-78); USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79); USS Roosevelt (DDG-80); USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81); USS Lassen (DDG-82); USS Howard (DDG-83); USS Bulkeley (DDG-84); USS McCampbell (DDG-85); USS Shoup (DDG-86); USS Mason (DDG-87); USS Preble (DDG-88); USS Mustin (DDG-89); USS Chafee (DDG-90); USS Pinkney (DDG-91); USS Momsen (DDG-92); USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93); USS Nitze (DDG-94); USS James E. Williams (DDG-95); USS Bainbridge (DDG-96); USS Halsey (DDG-97); USS Forrest Sherman (DDG-98); USS Farragut (DDG-99); USS Kidd (DDG-100); USS Gridley (DDG-101); USS Sampson (DDG-102); USS Truxtun (DDG-103); USS Sterett (DDG-104); USS Dewey (DDG-105); USS Stockdale (DDG-106); USS Gravely (DDG-107); USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108); USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109); USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110); USS Spruance (DDG-111); USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112); USS John Finn (DDG-113); USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114); USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115); USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116); USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117); Daniel Inouye (DDG-118); Delbert D. Black (DDG-119); Unnamed (DDG-120); Unnamed (DDG-121); Unnamed (DDG-122; Unnamed (DDG-122); Unnamed (DDG-123); Unnamed (DDG-124); Unnamed (DDG-125); Unnamed (DDG-126)


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Land-Attack
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.


Length
505.0 ft
153.92 m
Beam
66.0 ft
20.12 m
Draught
31.0 ft
9.45 m
Displacement
8,885
tons


Installed Power: 4 x General Electric LM3500-30 gas turbines developing 100,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts under stern.
Surface Speed
30.0 kts
(34.5 mph)
Range
4,401 nm
(5,065 mi | 8,151 km)


kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x Mark 45 5" /54 caliber turreted deck gun.
1 x 29-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) (supporting RIM-156 SM-2, Tomahawk cruise missiles or RUM-139 ASROC).
1 x 61-cell Mk 41 VLS (supporting RIM-156 SM-2, Tomahawk cruise missiles or RUM-139 ASROC).
2 x Mk 141 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launchers.
2 x 25mm Bushmaster chain guns
2 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x Mk 32 triple torpedo launchers
4 x 12.7mm Browning heavy machine guns.


Supported Types


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(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 OR 2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III medium lift helicopter(s).


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