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USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NNJP

CLASS - BURKE Flight I As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 504' 7" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 2 Phalanx 20mm Guns, 90 VLS Cells,
8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME on August 8 1990.
Launched October 26 1991 and commissioned December 18 1993.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Homeported at San Diego. Moving to Hawaii in Summer 2014.

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As an officer of the Continental Navy of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones helped establish the traditions of courage and professionalism that the Sailors of the United States Navy today proudly maintain. John Paul was born in a humble gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, went to sea as a youth, and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. Having taken up residence in Virginia, he volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy and raised with his own hands the Continental ensign on board the flagship of the Navy's first fleet. He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the Bonhomme Richard over HMS Serapis. After the Bonhomme Richard began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned. Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. Sailors of the United States Navy can do no better than to emulate the spirit behind John Paul Jones's stirring declaration: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm's way." Photo: John Paul Jones by George Bagby Matthews. The bust, One cannot underestimate the role French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1747-1792) played in the identification of John Paul Jones’s remains. The Houdon bust of Jones, sculpted from life, was arguably the most accurate portrayal of Jones.Bill Gonyo
Jones 83kLithograph of the painting by Cecelia Beaux, which was acquired by the Class of 1881 and presented to the US Naval Academy in 1906.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 210kThe crypt of John Paul Jones in the US Naval Academy Chapel.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 49kArtist's conception of the Jones as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Jones 142kUSS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin.Bill Gonyo
Jones 101kThe Christening Program for John Paul Jones DDG-53. The event was held at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME on 26 October 1991.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 186kCMDR John M. Kelly, prospective commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53), speaks at a press conference prior to the vessel's christening and launch, scheduled for October 26th at Bath Iron Works Shipyard.Bill Gonyo
Jones 191kShipyard workers stand aboard the guided missile destroyer JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) as guests arrive for the ship's christening and launch ceremony.Bill Gonyo
Jones 229kThe Jeremiah family poses for a photograph following the christening and launch of the guided missile destroyer JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) at Bath Iron Works Shipyard. Connie Jeremiah was the ship's sponsor while her daughters Krista and Jodi acted as her maids of honor. ADM David E. Jeremiah, vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke during the ceremony.Bill Gonyo
Jones 259kAn aerial starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) underway past the autumn colored forest in route to sea trials off the coast of New England.Bill Gonyo
Jones 113kFire Control Technician First Class (FC1) Jim Begalla performs preventative maintenance checks on the Mark 15 Phalanx Close-in weapons System (CIWS) on board the guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53).Bill Gonyo
Jones 185kDN-ST-94-01406. San Diego, December 1 1993, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) moored at the 32nd St. Naval Station following the ships arrival from Bath, Maine. The John Paul Jones is the first Arleigh Burke-class ship to be stationed on the West Coast. Students from the John Paul Jones Elementary School in San Diego are touring the ship. The ship and school are working together in the U.S. Navy's program called Partnership in Education. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 95kThe Commissioning Program for USS John Paul Jones DDG-53. The event was held at San Diego, CA on 18 December 1993.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 61kInvitation to the commissioning.David Buell
Jones 192kPhotograph included with the invitation to the commissioning.David Buell
Jones 65kScenes from the commissioning, December 18 1993.David Buell
Jones 130kAs above.David Buell
Jones 184kAs above.David Buell
Jones 132kPhoto purchased at the time of the commissioning.David Buell
Jones 67kA photo of USS John Paul Jones DDG-53 on Builder's Sea Trials in August 1993. A Bath Iron Works Photo.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 124kUSS John Paul Jones DDG-53 steaming down the Kennebec River as she departs the Bath Iron Works (BIW) Bath, ME for the first time August 20, 1993.Steven A. Cardali
Jones 259kDN-ST-94-01404. San Diego, December 1 1993, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) enters San Diego Harbor for the first time with crew members "Manning the Rails". The ship will be permanently homeported at the 32nd St. Naval Station. The John Paul Jones is the first Arleigh Burke-class ship to be stationed on the West Coast. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 146kview from the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) circa 1994-1995 off Southern California with San Clemente Island visible in the background.Douglas Brown
Jones 65kShock trials in September 1994 in the waters off the coast of Southern California.-
Jones 248kUSS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) underway with several civilians on deck, circa the middle or late 1990s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106789-KN.Robert Hurst
Jones 130kUSS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) tied to mooring buoy, Hong Kong, 1 September 1997. Photo by Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Jones 128kSTEADFAST (AFDM-14) deballasts, to lift USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) clear of the water for a routine dry-dock overhaul at the Naval Station San Diego, CA January 14, 1998.Bill Gonyo
Jones 117k010905-N-6259P-002, Forward Deployed in the Arabian Gulf September 5 2001, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) awaits the return of a helicopter slung with cargo during a vertical replenishment operation. John Paul Jones is currently underway in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Douglas M. Pearlman.Bill Gonyo
Jones 85kAt sea with the Enterprise battle group, Sept. 24, 2001, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) leads a formation of ships in a series of close ship maneuvers. With John Paul Jones are USS Nicholson (DD 982), USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS O'Brien (DD 975). U. S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua J. Pina. [010924-N-6562P-001] Sept. 24, 2001.Fabio Peña
Jones 49k011008-N-3236B-001, aboard USS John Paul Jones, October 8 2001, a "Tomahawk" land attack missile (TLAM) is launched from aboard the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) in a strike against al Qaida terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan on Oct. 8, 2001. The John Paul Jones is steaming at sea as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Ted Banks.Tony Cowart
Jones 67kAt sea with USS Carl Vinson Nov. 17, 2002, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) sails in the open waters as part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Chris M. Valdez. Fred Weiss
Jones 282kPacific Ocean, April 3 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) pulls along side USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during an underway replenishment at sea (RAS). The aircraft carrier was conducting propulsion, navigation and damage control training exercises in the southern California operating area. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Joshua Word (# 030403-N-4768W-160).Fabio Peña
Jones 75k030403-N-4768W-185, Pacific Ocean, April 3 2003, guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) pulls along side USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during an underway replenishment at sea (RAS).U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Joshua Word.Tony Cowart
Jones 80kPacific Ocean, Aug. 9, 2003, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) fires a five-inch round from a Mk-45 5-inch gun (5" 54 cal.) during a live-fire exercise. The Mk-45 is a lightweight gun providing surface combatants accurate naval gunfire against fast, highly maneuverable, surface targets, air threats and shore batteries during amphibious operations. U.S. Navy PhotoFred Weiss
Jones 52k040507-N-5362A-394, Pacific Ocean, May 7 2004, ships assigned to "The Golden Arrows" of Commander Destroyer Squadron Seven (COMDESRON-7), assemble in a formation off the coast of San Diego, Calif. Pictured are the guided missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65), left, USS Milius (DDG 69), center bottom, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), center top, and the guided missile frigate, USS Thach (FFG 43), right. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson.Tony Cowart
Jones 52k042806-N-0373Q-850, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI, June 29 2004, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) man the rails as the ship transits the channel into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. John Paul Jones is visiting Pearl Harbor to take part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Mario A. Quiroga.Tony Cowart
Jones 55k042806-N-0373Q-855, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI, June 29 2004, family members at Hickam Air Force Base welcome the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as the ship transits the channel into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. John Paul Jones is visiting Pearl Harbor to take part in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Mario A. Quiroga.Tony Cowart
Jones 49k041009-N-3874J-004, San Francisco, CA, October 9 2004, sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), use navigational aids to safely pass under the Golden Gate Bridge and enter San Francisco Bay during the "Parade of Ships," the official kick off of the 24th annual San Francisco Fleet Week. San Francisco Fleet Week 2004 is a celebration of the sea services and recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel A. Jones.Tony Cowart
Jones 57k041009-N-7217H-016, San Francisco Bay, CA, October 9 2004, from right, the guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Momsen (DDG 92), and the guided missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) sail into San Francisco Bay, Calif., at the start of Fleet Week 2004. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Marvin Harris.Tony Cowart
Jones 52k050517-N-2385R-071, Sasebo, Japan, May 17 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) arrives in Sasebo, Japan for a routine port visit. This visit gives the Sailors aboard John Paul Jones a chance to enjoy the sights and culture of Sasebo, Japan. John Paul Jones is currently deployed and is scheduled to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre, a combined exercise between U.S. and Australian forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.Tony Cowart
Jones 44kAs above.Tony Cowart
Jones 42kAs above.Tony Cowart
Jones 125kDN-SD-06-13059, 050517-N-2385R-071. A port view of the US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) as she arrives in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (JPN), on a routine port visit, while participating in Exercise TALISMAN SABRE. Photo by PH3 Yesenia Rosas, May 17 2005.Bill Gonyo
Jones 74kDarwin, Australia, June 3 2005, USS John Paul Jones alongside Fort Hill wharf, Darwin. USS Boxer in background. Official Royal Australian Navy photo.Bill Gonyo
Jones 77kDarwin, Australia, June 3 2005, USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) alongside Fort Hill wharf, Darwin during Talisman Saber 2005. Official Royal Australian Navy photo.Bill Gonyo
Jones 59k050623-N-5781F-279, Coral Sea, June 23 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), foreground, and the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) underway in formation in preparation to fire the ship's MK-45 5-inch lightweight guns during a ship sinking exercise. Fitzgerald and John Paul Jones are currently operating in the Coral Sea in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2005. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Bo J. Flannigan.Tony Cowart
Jones 46k050712-N-0167B-020, Coral Sea, July 11 2005, an MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Five (HSC-25), flies near the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) during a vertical replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Dylan Butler.Tony Cowart
Jones 54k051011-N-7883G-043, Yokosuka, Japan, October 11 2005, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) depart Truman Bay for a fall underway period. John Paul Jones and Cowpens are currently assigned to the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, forward-deployment in Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Kyle D. Gahlau.Tony Cowart
Jones 56k060117-N-7842G-016, Pacific Ocean, January 17 2006, the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) prepares for an underway replenishment off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Mary E. Guiney.Tony Cowart
Jones 48k060117-N-7842G-119, Pacific Ocean, January 17 2006, the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) conducts an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Mary E. Guiney.Tony Cowart
Jones 128kAt Naval Station San Diego, June 2006.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Jones 111k060610-N-6247M-007. Portland, OR, June 10 2006, guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Preble (DDG 88) moored in Portland for the 99th Rose Festival. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Bruce McVicar.Bill Gonyo
Jones 118kAt NavSta San Diego in August 2006.Richard Miller
Jones 60k060930-N-7676W-046, San Diego, September 30 2006, the guided missile destroyer's USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) make their way around Coronado Island as part of the San Diego Fleet Week Sea and Air Parade. Fleet Week's mission is to pay tribute and thank San Diego’s military service men and women for "Serving America Twice" in the defense of our nation and as volunteers in improving the quality of our communities. U.S. Navy photo by Mr. John F. Williams.Tony Cowart
Jones 75kOff San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf area during Fleet Week October 7 2006.Roy Thomas
Jones 146k061210-N-8158F-042. Pacific Ocean December 10 2006, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) leads the USS Chaffee (DDG 90), while participating in strike group exercises with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is currently underway conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Roland Franklin.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 91kFamily members and friends of U.S. Navy Sailors attached to USS Gridley (DDG 101) wait on the pier at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., March 21, 2007, during the ship's homeporting ceremony. In the background is the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kathleen Gorby.Bill Gonyo
Jones 67kPacific Ocean, August 14 2007, Nimitz (CVN-68), Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) during Valiant Shield 2007, the largest joint exercise in the Pacific this year. Held in the Guam operating area, Valiant Shield 2007 included 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The aerial formation, led by an Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, consists of aircraft from the carrier strike groups as well as Air Force aircraft. Ships are, left to right: guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG-90); nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) and the guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) and USS Pinckney (DDG-91); nuclear-propelled attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN-767); aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) and guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89); nuclear-propelled attack submarine USS Key West (SSN-722); nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) and the guided missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG-88) and USS O'Kane (DDG-77); the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer on the extreme right has not been positively identified, but is possibly USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60).Fabio Peña
Jones 86k070814-N-3541A-172. USS Cowpens (CG 63) and USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) steam along during Valiant Shield's joint photo exercise while in the Pacific Ocean Aug. 14, 2007. The joint exercise consists of 28 naval vessels, more than 300 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 serv ice members from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Davis Anderson, August 14 2007.Bill Gonyo
Jones 176k070814-N-3136P-068. Pacific Ocean, August 14 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) underway, during Exercise Valiant Shield 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan.Bill Gonyo
Jones 199k070927-N-0890S-046. Pacific Ocean, September 27 2007. the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, fires her five-inch MK-45 54-caliber lightweight gun during a sea power demonstration for friends and family members aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are returning to their homeport of San Diego after a six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David L. Smart.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 141k070927-N-3349L-076. Pacific Ocean, September 27 2007, the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and guided-missile destroyers USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), and USS Pickney (DDG 91), set up in formation during a sea power demonstration for Sailors and their family members aboard nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 are returning to their homeport of San Diego after a six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel P. Lapierre.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 135k071219-N-4658L-110. San Diego, December 19 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) moored pier-side, ready for a judging panel's inspection during the 2007 holiday ship decoration contest. Ships and shore commands were judged on four criteria: degree of difficulty, originality of display, holiday spirit and creativity. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 147k080124-N-4995K-066. San Diego, January 24 2008, a tugboat assists the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as it prepares to depart San Diego, Calif., on a scheduled four-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chelsea Kennedy.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 187k080222-N-6326B-108. Pacific Ocean, February 22 2008, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) performs a replenishment at sea (RAS) with the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) while launching and recovering aircraft. Nimitz is operating in the western Pacific and Indian oceans as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Berenguer.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 221k080306-N-5484G-107. Pacific Ocean, March 6 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) holds position in formation during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008 (KR/FE 08). John Paul Jones is deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group participating in KR/FE 08, an annual joint exercise involving forces from the United States and the Republic of Korea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 148kEast China Sea, March 16 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) steams into position during an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently participated in an ESF with the Essex (LHD 2) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). The ESF exercise was designed to test the ability of the Strike Groups to plan and conduct multi-task force operations across a broad spectrum of naval disciplines and to refresh skills in completing complex missions that require capabilities that are broader in scope than the individual Strike Groups can provide alone. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong, ID# 080316-N-5484G-077.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 130k080316-N-1242B-027. Pacific Ocean, March 16 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS Joun Paul Jones (DDG 53) during an expeditionary strike force exercise between Essex Expeditionary Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group while underway. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey Ballge.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 132k080316-N-6936D-074. Pacific Ocean, March 16 2008, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) steams alongside the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), in formation during an expeditionary strike force exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Didier.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 107k080414-N-8421M-004. Pacific Ocean, April 14 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) steams the Pacific after conducting an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3). John Paul Jones is currently deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG). The Nimitz CSG is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating off the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 125k080414-N-8421M-003. Pacific Ocean. April 14 2008, the Military Sealift Command combat stores ship USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) conducts an underway replenishment with the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). John Paul Jones is deployed with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG). The Nimitz CSG is operating as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility operating off the western Pacific and Indian oceans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 45k080503-F-3108S-009. Seward, Alaska, May 3 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) arrives in Seward harbor to resupply before before participating in the two-week Northern Edge joint exercise. Northern Edge involves units from all U.S. military services to enhance interoperability and cooperation. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Steffen.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 115k080503-F-3108S-098. Seward, Alaska, May 3 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) is moored in Seward harbor to resupply before participating in the two-week Northern Edge joint exercise. Northern Edge involves units from all U.S. military services to enhance interoperability and cooperation. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Steffen.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 129k080503-F-3108S-112. Seward, Alaska, May 3 2008, crew members of the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) make a port visit to resupply before participating in the two-week Northern Edge joint exercise. Northern Edge involves units from all U.S. military services to enhance interoperability and cooperation. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Steffen.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 261kUSS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) dry-docked in San Diego, California on July 26, 2008. Photo Courtesy of Tom SaintBill Gonyo
Jones 191kUSS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) at San Diego March 7 2009.Richard Miller
Jones 191kIn San Diego, April 21 2009, as seen from the USS Midway Museum.Scott Lansdale
Jones 193k091117-N-0569T-034. San Diego, November 17 2009, the Surface Warfare Officer of the Year award is presented to Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Tamulevich, left, by Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, commander, Naval Surface Forces, aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). Tamulevich, combat systems officer aboard John Paul Jones, was one of 25 nominees selected as the first-ever surface warfare officer. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel J. Taylor.Bill Gonyo
Jones 113kNaval Station San Diego, December 2010.BMCS Richard Miller USNR (Ret.)
Jones 123k120214-N-KS651-188. Arabian Sea, February 14 2012, the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201), center, conducts a simultaneous replenishment at sea with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), left, and the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). New Orleans and John Paul Jones are operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Behnke.Gary Priolo
Jones 68k140208-N-ZZ999-002. Pacific Ocean, February 8 2014, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile (SM) 2 during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis weapons system. John Paul Jones, equipped with the latest-generation Aegis Baseline 9C weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-2, which resulted in the successful destruction of two AQM-37C targets. U.S. Navy photo.Robert M. Cieri
Jones 90kUSS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s Aegis weapons system on June 19 2014. US Navy Photo.Ron Reeves/Tommy Trampp
Jones 108kAs above.Tommy Trampp
Jones 48kThe Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship’s aegis weapons system on June 19 2014. US Navy photo.Ron Reeves/Tommy Trampp
Jones 38kJuly 2015 at Pearl Harbor.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Jones 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG-53 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CAPT John Michael Kelly    Dec 18 1993 - Dec 7 1994 (Later RADM)
CDR Peter Bernt Opsal    Dec 7 1994 - Aug 20 1996
CDR Joseph Bruce Hamilton    Aug 20 1996 - Apr 2 1998
CDR Edward Lewis Brownlee    Apr 2 1998 - Dec 7 1999
CDR Thomas Francis Carney Jr.    Dec 7 1999 - Aug 3 2001
CDR David Frank Steindl    Aug 3 2001 - Feb 28 2003 (Later RADM)
CDR Roy Ian Kitchener    Feb 28 2003 - Oct 10 2003 (Sea swap with DDG-76) (Later RADM)
CDR Charles Randy Hill    Oct 10 2003 - Dec 12 2003
CDR Andrew Frederick Cully    Dec 12 2003 - Dec 2 2005
CDR James Jeffrey Housinger    Dec 2 2005 - Jul 20 2007
CDR Christopher Kevin Barnes    Jul 20 2007 - Nov 7 2008
CDR Sam Robert Hancock Jr.    Nov 7 2008 - Apr 29 2010
CDR Christopher Anthony Cegielski    Apr 29 2010 - Mar 1 2012
CDR Jonathan Christopher Duffy    Mar 1 2012 - Jun 21 2013
CDR Andrew James (Drew) Thomson    Jun 21 2013 - Dec 17 2014
CDR Matthew Harrison Hall    Dec 17 2014 - Apr 21 2016
CDR Scott Rosetti    Apr 21 2016 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS John Paul Jones Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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