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USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG-56)


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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 September 3 1991.
Launched September 26 1992 and commissioned July 2 1994.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Forward deployed at Yokosuka, Japan.

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McCain 88kAdmiral John Sidney McCain, Sr. (b. August 9, 1884, Teoc, Mississippi - d. September 6, 1945). He was born in Teoc, Mississippi, and attended the University of Mississippi before going to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1906. His first assignments was in the Asiatic Squadron, after which he went to the naval base in San Diego, California. During the First World War, he was on convoy duty in the Atlantic Ocean. In the 1920s and early 1930s, McCain served on the USS Maryland (BB-46), USS New Mexico (BB-40), and USS Nitro (AE-2). His first command was the USS Sirius (AK-18). In 1936, he became a Naval Aviator, and from 1937 to 1939 he commanded the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-4). For the first year of World War II he served as Commander of Air Forces for Western Sea Frontier and the South Pacific Area. In this post, McCain was asked to conduct extra reconnaissance missions over "The Slot" in the Solomon Islands on August 8, 1942. For reasons never explained, McCain failed to order these missions, and compounded this by not informing the naval commanders at Guadalcanal that they weren't carried out. Thus, Allied naval forces were surprised and defeated in the Battle of Savo Island on August 9, which jeopardized the entire Guadalcanal operation. In October 1942, McCain became Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics and in August 1943 was promoted to Vice Admiral and assigned as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air). In 1944 he returned to the Pacific Theater, commanding Task Group 38.1 under Marc Mitscher. McCain's skillful tactics at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 earned him the Navy Cross. Vice Admiral McCain died on September 6, 1945, just after arriving back in the United States, and was posthumously promoted to Admiral effective that date. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. For his performance as an air planner and carrier task force commander he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and two Gold Stars in lieu of subsequent awards.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 88kAdmiral John Sidney McCain, Jr. (b. January 17, 1911 - d. March 22, 1981). He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1931. Like his father and son, he graduated towards the bottom of his class. During World War II, "Junior" - who preferred to be called "Jack" - commanded the submarine Gunnel at Operation Torch. Like many U.S. subs in the Atlantic, Gunnel was attacked in error by friendly aircraft. The Hooven-Owens-Rentschler (H.O.R.) diesels (known, of course, as "whores") which powered the Gunnel were troublesome; at one point enroute, drive gears of all four of the main engines were out of commission, and McCain had to rely on his tiny auxiliary for the last 1800km (1000nm). Gunnel went into the navy yard for an extensive refit, and was replaced on patrol station off North Africa by Pilly Lent's Haddo). After the refit, the Gunnel was transferred to the Pacific. In June 1943, in the East China and Yellow Seas, he sank two ships (confirmed postwar by JANAC): Koyo Maru (6400 tons) and Tokiwa Maru (7000 tons). However, more trouble from the sub's diesels cut the patrol to only eleven days, after which he returned to Pearl Harbor. The Gunnel was the first Pearl Harbor H.O.R. boat to be re-engined and she returned to action off Iwo Jima in December 1943). Alerted by Hypo of carriers on the night of 2-3 December, McCain shot four torpedos at IJNS Zuiho at a very long range of 5500m (6000yd, 3nm), only to miss as Zuiho zigged; Even though he missed, he was still one of only a handful of U.S. skippers to get such an opportunity. On his final patrol, on 18 March 1944, off Tawi Tawi, the main Japanese fleet anchorage in the Philippines, McCain got an another shot at a carrier, firing from extremely long range (8200m {9000yd}). He missed and was counterattacked, but only with sixteen depth charges. He tried to attack the same carrier over the next four days, but could get no closer than 10km (5.5nm). During the May 1944 U.S. air strike on Surabaya, the Gunnel lay off Tawi Tawi in company with Robert Olsen's Angler, but McCain managed no attacks on Japanese ships. He shifted his operations to the coast of Indochina, where on 8 June 1944, he picked up a convoy, escorted by yet another aircraft carrier. He was unable to approach closer than 28km (15nm). On his return to Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to the submarine Dentuda. He had one patrol with the Dentuda, in the East China Sea and the Taiwan Straits, damaging a large freighter and sinking two patrol craft. After the end of the war, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel until 1948. He assumed command of Submarine Division 71 in the Pacific the next year. In 1950, he was assigned to a series of posts at The Pentagon. He spent the 1960s in a series of commands in the Atlantic, becoming Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe in 1967 and 1968. He was involved in the investigations that followed the USS Liberty incident. During the Vietnam War, Admiral McCain served as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command from 1968 to 1972. During this time, his son, Navy pilot (and future U.S. senator) John S. McCain III was held in Hanoi as a prisoner of war for nearly 5 1/2 years. Admiral McCain retired in 1972 and died in 1981. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 49kArtist's conception of the McCain 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
McCain 212kMembers of the christening party for the guided missile destroyer John S. McCain (DDG-56) pose for a photograph after the launching at the Bath Iron Works shipyard. They are from left to right: Sen. John McCain; Mrs. Roberta McCain; Sidney McCain; Meghan McCain, maid of honor; and Cindy McCain, sponsor and wife of Sen. McCain.Bill Gonyo
McCain 118kShip's sponsor Cindy H. McCain, wife of Arizona Sen. John S. McCain III, christens the guided missile destroyer John S. McCain (DDG-56) during the christening and launching ceremony being held at Bath Iron Works shipyard.Bill Gonyo
McCain 47kSeptember 26 1992, Bath, Maine, the guided missile destroyer John S. McCain (DDG-56) slips down the ways after being christened at the Bath Iron Works shipyard.Fred Weiss
McCain 89kThe Launching Program for the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56).Robert M. Cieri
McCain 155kUS Navy Guided Missile Destroyer USS McCain DDG-56 Departing Bath Iron Works, Bath Maine. USS McCain Heading out of the Kennebec River Passing Fort Popham to open waters. When US Navy ships leave Bath Iron Works, May 27, 1994.Steven Cardali
McCain 38kAs above.Michael Carrie
McCain 181kLockheed Martin Photo 1994.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 94kInvitation to the Commissioning ceremony of Jul 2 1994 at Bath, ME.Tommy R. Trampp
McCain 106kUSS John S. McCain (DDG-56) passing Fort Popham, at the mouth of the Kennebec River, Maine, en route from her builders (Bath Iron Works) to the Pacific Fleet, summer 1994.Robert Hurst
McCain 166kUSS John S. McCain (DDG-56) making a high speed turn at sea, circa the mid-1990s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106800-KN.Robert Hurst
McCain 29kFremantle, Australia April 9 1996.Marc Piché
McCain 59kFremantle, Australia April 9 1996.Marc Piché
McCain 35kFremantle, Australia April 13 1996.Marc Piché
McCain 33kFremantle, Australia April 13 1996.Marc Piché
McCain 101kFremantle 1996.Graeme D Fuller
McCain 100kFremantle 1996.Graeme D Fuller
McCain 125kFremantle 1996.Graeme D Fuller
McCain 118kFremantle 1996.Graeme D Fuller
McCain 52kSan Francisco, April 19 1997.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 77kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 81kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 90kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 74kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 87kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 100kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 79kAs above.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 109kThe guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) patrols the waters of the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. Guided missile destroyers are multi-mission (ASW, anti-air and anti-surface warfare) surface combatants. With the combination of Aegis, the Vertical Launching System, an advanced anti-submarine warfare system, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk ASM/LAM, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers such as John S. McCain continue the revolution at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Felix Garza. [980211-N-4142G-015] Feb 11, 1998.Fred Weiss
McCain 218k980211-N-4142G-016. February 11 1998, Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class John Wiederhold tests a Vertical Launch System (VLS) panel aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). The McCain is deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Felix Garza.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 101kDN-SD-01-04806, 980301-N-4541B-002. Onboard the Arleigh Burke Class, Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), US Navy Signalman Seaman Shelton D. Ruffin flashes a coded message to the USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) (Not shown), during a underway vertical replenishment in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up. Photo by PH2 Gloria Barry, March 1 1998.Bill Gonyo
McCain 125kDN-SD-01-04857, 980305-N-4541B-020. US Navy Damage Controlman 1st Class (Surface Warfare) John T. Brown, Landing Signal Enlisted, directs a US Navy HH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, with a sling load of cargo, toward the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56). The AEGIS destroyer is deployed to the Persian Gulf while conducting Maritime Interception Operations in support of the Southwest Asia build-up. Photo by PH2 Gloria Barry, March 5 1998.Bill Gonyo
McCain 130kDN-SD-00-03078, 980306-N-4541B-022. Onboard USS JOHN S. MC CAIN (DDG-56) Boarding security team members inspects life vests prior to boarding an Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) (not shown) during a Maritime Interception Operation (MIO) in the North Arabian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia (SWA) build up. Photo by PH2 Gloria Barry, March 6 1998.Bill Gonyo
McCain 53k(Left to right) Kuwait Patrol craft Failaka (P3715), USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Cushing (DD-985), and Kuwait Patrol craft Maskan (P3717), participate in a U.S.-Kuwait photo exercise (PHOTOEX) in the Persian Gulf, February 6, 2000. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christian Eskelund (#000206-N-9568E-001).USN
McCain 43kFremantle, Australia March 31 2000.Marc Piché
McCain 73kAs Part of a Bilateral Exercise, ANNUALEX, between the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy, USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steam in formaton November 9 2000. U.S. Navy Photo by PH3(AW) John Sullivan.Bill Gonyo
McCain 47k010517-N-4790M-001, at sea aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56, May 17 2001, a 54 caliber round fires from the barrel of of McCain’s five-inch gun during naval shore fire support of an amphibious attack on Shoal Water Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as part of Exercise "Tandem Thrust" 01.Tony Cowart
McCain 98kShoalwater Bay, Australia, May 19, 2001 HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) cruise in Australian waters supporting operations during Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001. Tandem Thrust is a combined U.S. and Australian military training exercise being held in the Shoalwater Bay training area off the coast of Australia. More than 27,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines are participating in this training exercise for crisis action planning and execution for contingency response operations. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Andrew Meyers. [010519-N-4790M-005] May 19, 2001.Fabio Peña
McCain 64k020208-N-0000R-001, at sea aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), February 8 2002, a standard missile launches from the ships forward missile mount to intercept an incoming “hostile” target drone. U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class Matthew C. Ruble.Tony Cowart
McCain 36kUSS JOHN S MCCAIN in the Northern Arabian Gulf, May 2002, Operation Enduring Freedom.Lt Steve Dundas, CHC USNR
McCain 38kUSS JOHN S MCCAIN in the Northern Arabian Gulf, May 2002, Operation Enduring Freedom alongside the HMAS Canberra (FFG-02).Lt Steve Dundas, CHC USNR
McCain 36kUSS JOHN S MCCAIN in the Northern Arabian Gulf, May 2002, Operation Enduring Freedom after leaving the side of the USS Hue City (CG-66).Lt Steve Dundas, CHC USNR
McCain 121kAt sea aboard USS John S. McCain, June 4, 2002 a gunner's mate aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) loads a magazine into the ship's mounted .50 caliber bridge gun. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class (SW) Arlo K. Abrahamson. [020604-N-5362A-007] June 4 2002.Fred Weiss
McCain 228k020612-N-3349L-009. Aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) June 12, 2002, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry D. Scott meets with Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain. The MCPON visited McCain as well as other units deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. U. S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel P. Lapierre.Bill Gonyo
McCain 88kAt Sea aboard the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63 November 16, 2002 US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer USS John S. McCain flying a large ensign participates in Exercise Keen Sword 2003 off the Coast of Southern Japan. Keen Sword 2003 is the seventh in a serious in a regularly scheduled joint\bilateral field exercises training since 1996 involving the Japanese Maritime Self defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Military. The purpose of Keen Sword is to train and evaluate wartime functions and bilateral cooperation procedures against the backdrop of regional contingency scenario that has direct and immediate consequences to the U.S. and Japan. US Navy Photo Photographers mate 1st Class Ted Banks.Steven A. Cardali
McCain 96kAt sea with the Guided Missile destroyer USS McCain DDG-56 approaches the USS Kitty Hawk for a replenishment at sea (RAS) US Navy Photo Jan. 26, 2003.Steven A. Cardali
McCain 69k030217-N-0120R-003 Central Command Area of Responsibility, February 17 2003, an MH-60S "Knighthawk" helicopter assigned to the “Providers” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5) flies by the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a refueling at sea (RAS) with the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).Tony Cowart
McCain 47k040124-N-9288T-032, Pacific Ocean, January 24 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) closes in on the bow of the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG 49), commencing a towing exercise. After three hours of rigging the tow, McCain will tow Vincennes at a speed of five knots for 15 minutes off the coast of Japan.Tony Cowart
McCain 57k040124-N-9288T-029, Pacific Ocean, January 24 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) closes in on the bow of the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG 49), commencing a towing exercise.Tony Cowart
McCain 58k040124-N-9288T-062, Pacific Ocean, January 25 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) commencing a towing of the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG 49).Tony Cowart
McCain 55k040206-N-2970T-001, at sea aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), February 6 2004, guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) fires a RIM-66 standard surface-to-air missile during a training exercise. During the exercise, the missile intercepted a remote controlled, GPS-guided test drone. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Marvin E. Thompson Jr.Tony Cowart
Austin 113kA series of3 images of the visit of the USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) and USS San Jacinto (CG-56) to Kiel, Germany June 18-24 2004.Gerd Matthes
Austin 113kAs above.Gerd Matthes
Austin 77kAs above.Gerd Matthes
McCain 60k050321-N-9588P-001, Chinae, Republic of Korea, March 21 2005, sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) haul in lines in preparation to departing the port of Chinae, Republic of Korea.Tony Cowart
McCain 24k050328-N-9851B-009, Yokosuka, Japan, March 28 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) returns to her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after completing a regularly scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 38k050407-N-9851B-007, Yokosuka, Japan, April 7 2005, sailors assigned to the large harbor tug USS Massapequa (YBT 807) throw a messenger line to Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as she prepares to get underway from her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 43k050407-N-9851B-008, Yokosuka, Japan, April 7 2005, sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) man the rails as the ship pulls away from her forward deployed operating base, Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 55k060411-N-9851B-004, Pacific Ocean, April 11 2006, Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Lucas Alderson pulls a mooring line onto the deck of Arleigh Burke-Class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is getting underway for a Friends and Family Day cruise from its homeport at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 125kDN-SD-07-01870, 060411-N-9851B-013. US Navy (USN) Boatswain's Mate Seaman (BMSN) Charles Holmes mans the helm aboard the USN Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS JOHN S. MCCAIN (DDG 56) as the ship gets underway for a Friends and Family Day cruise. The MCCAIN is getting underway for a Friends and Family Day cruise from its homeport at Commander Fleet Activities (CFA) Yokosuka Naval Base (NB), Japan (JPN). Photo by PH2 John Beeman, April 11 2006.Bill Gonyo
McCain 135k060411-N-9851B-022. Pacific Ocean, April 11 2006, Boatswain's Mate Seaman Bryan Davis stands a lookout watch on the bridge wing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a Friends and Family Day cruise. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Bill Gonyo
McCain 41k060506-N-4953E-002, Yokosuka, Japan, May 4 2006, the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), left, guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) participate in Divisional Tactics (DIVTACs), a maneuvering exercise where ships execute various formations in close proximity to each other. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Danny Ewing Jr.Tony Cowart
McCain 52k050531-N-9851B-008, Yokosuka, Japan, May 31 2005, Gunner's Mate 3rd Class David Rizkallah stands force protection watch with an M-60 machine gun on the bridge wing of the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as the ship gets underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 103k050531-N-9851B-018. Yokosuka, Japan, May 31 2005, First Lieutenant, Ens. Nicholas Leshock explains the ship's compass on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) to a Yokosuka Middle School student. McCain is underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 173k050531-N-9851B-017. Yokosuka, Japan, May 31 2005, Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Joel Siron serves food to crew members and quests aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) during a Friends and Family Day Cruise. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Bill Gonyo
McCain 47k060419-N-9851B-008, Yokosuka, Japan, April 19 2006, guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) transits Truman Bay, as she departs forward deployed operating base Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, for a scheduled underway. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman.Tony Cowart
McCain 54k060608-N-2385R-004, Yokosuka, Japan, June 8 2006, Personnel Specialist Seaman Recruit Anthony Van Dover stands by as a line-handler in preparation for the departure of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is pulling out for a regularly scheduled deployment from her forward deployed operating base, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas.Tony Cowart
McCain 36k060618-N-7597G-031, Philippine Sea, June 18 2006, guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63), foreground, followed by guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and Military Sealift Command (MSC) underway replenishment oilier USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) shown in formation during the photo portion of Exercise Valiant Shield 2006.Tony Cowart
McCain 53k061013-N-6959H-022, Yokosuka, Japan, October 13 2006, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Mustin (DDG 89) display their flags commemorating the U.S. Navy’s 231st Birthday. U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 2nd Class Kevin Harris.Tony Cowart
McCain 61k061018-N-6106R-080, Pacific Ocean, October 18 2006, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) sails behind the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). McCain is part of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group that is on a regularly scheduled fall deployment in the western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe.Tony Cowart
McCain 191k070215-N-2638R-001. Yokosuka, Japan, February 15 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) standing by to depart dry dock 5, as the dry dock water level raises. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 89k070319-N-0483B-003. Yokosuka, March 19 2007, the large harbor tug USS Kittanning (YTB 787) guides the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) away from the pier at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kari R. Bergman.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 130k070319-N-0483B-001. Yokosuka, March 19 2007, the large harbor tugs Kittanning (YTB 787) and Opelika (YTB 798) guide the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) away from the pier at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kari R. Bergman.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 132k070319-N-9520G-001. Yokosuka, March 19 2007, the large harbor tug USS Kittanning (YTB 787) guides the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) away from the pier at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 145k070416-N-9851B-006. Toyo Wan, April 16 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) operates with ships of the Indian navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force during a trilateral exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John L. Beeman.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 163k070507-N-4649C-062. Vladivostok, May 7 2007, sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) man the rails as the ship arrives in Vladivostok, Russia. While in port, the ship's approximately 300 crew members will have a chance to participate in military-to-military partnership building activities, meet local citizens through community relations projects, experience local customs and traditions and enjoy recreational sports exchanges with Russian navy sailors. U.S. Navy photo byMass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 186kVladivostok, Russia, May 9 2007, USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Thomas C. Halvorson gives a speech during a Victory Day celebration in Vladivostok May 9. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Chantel M. Clayton.Bill Gonyo
McCain 144kJune 29 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) pulled into Kure, Japan recently after spending a weekend underway hosting 22 midshipmen from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. McCain Sailors spent three days with the midshipmen, leading them on tours through the ship's main spaces and demonstrating a variety of shipboard evolutions, which included a gun shoot on the ship's 50 caliber machine guns. USS John S. McCain Commanding Officer Cmdr. Thomas G. Halvorson (center) poses with Japanese midshipmen onboard the ship.Bill Gonyo
McCain 131k070630-N-4649C-001. Niigata, Japan, June 30 2007, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrives for a scheduled port visit escorted by the Japanese coast guard and local harbor tugs. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 91kNigata, Japan, June 30 2007, local media captures the arrival of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in Niigata, Japan, for a scheduled port visit. While in Niigata, Sailors will have the opportunity to experience the local culture and to participate in community relations projects. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton.Bill Gonyo
McCain 80kManistee (YTB-782) assists the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain (DDG-56) away from the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), 10 September 2007. McCain is unit of Destroyer Squadron 15 (DESRON-15). US Navy photo # 070910-N-2638R-001 YOKOSUKA, Japan by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard. Photo from the Navy Newsstand.Chet Morris
McCain 129kA series of four views of the McCain taken by Chris while flying with HS-14 in the Kitty Hawk Battle Group during Operation Annualex 19G with the JMSDF in the Fall of 2007.LTJG Chris Stevens, HS-14
McCain 96kAs above.LTJG Chris Stevens, HS-14
McCain 95kAs above.LTJG Chris Stevens, HS-14
McCain 74kAs above.LTJG Chris Stevens, HS-14
McCain 169k071101-N-9123L-004. Sendai, Japan, November 1 2007, Cmdr. John S. Banigan, commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), accepts flowers from the Sendai Welcoming Delegation after the ship's arrival for a scheduled port visit. While there, McCain's crew of approximately 300 will participate in friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities. McCain, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder Bill Gonyo
McCain 177k071123-N-9123L-001. Pacific Ocean, November 23 2007, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Matthew McFarlane slices ham for the Thanksgiving Day meal aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
McCain 202k080214-N-9123L-006. Pacific Ocean, February 14 2008, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Brent Johnson hoses down the forward close-in weapons system (CIWS) aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is deployed with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 212k080214-N-9123L-004. Pacific Ocean, February 14 2008, Operations Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Petrie uses a hose during a freshwater wash down of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, is underway on a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 162k080303-N-9123L-002. Pacific Ocean, March 3 2008, Cmdr. John S. Banigan, commanding officer of guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) discusses the successful completion of a seamanship training exercise with Republic of Korea (ROK) liaison officers aboard the ship. McCain, part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is participating in Foal Eagle, an annual joint exercise designed to increase interoperability and joint combat readiness between U.S. and ROK forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
McCain 115kPacific Ocean, March 18 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) fires her five-inch gun system during a live-fire exercise. McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder, ID# 080318-N-9123L-001.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 144k080227-N-9123L-003. Pacific Ocean, February 27 2008, Gunner's Mate 1st Class James Collins, of Hilton Head, S.C., fires an M60 machine gun during a live fire exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is on deployment as part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 167k080227-N-9123L-004. Pacific Ocean, February 27 2008, Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Eduardo Grajeda, of Las Vegas, Nev., fires an Mk 38 25 mm chain gun during a live fire exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is on deployment as part of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 141k080723-N-9123L-001. Pacific Ocean, July 23 2008, Hull Technician Fireman Branden Schmidt of Riverside, Calif., advances a hose during a flight deck firefighting evolution aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 157k080820-N-9123L-001. Sydney, Australia, August 20 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, as the ship prepares to enter Sydney Harbor for a scheduled port call celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Great White Fleet. McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 185k080829-N-9123L-004. Melbourne, Australia, August 29 2008, Cmdr. John S. Banigan, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), answers questions from local media upon McCain's arrival to Melbourne, Australia for a scheduled port call celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Great White Fleet. McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 133k080918-N-9123L-004. Pacific Ocean, September 18 2008, Boatswain's Mate Seaman Brett Kish, from Cleveland, guides an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter during flight quarters aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 174k081008-N-9123L-002. Busan, Republic of Korea, October 8 2008, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches Busan, Republic of Korea as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is moored for a port call. McCain, one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, is in Busan with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 to celebrate the 2008 International Fleet Review. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 178k081008-N-9123L-004. Busan, Republic of Korea, October 8 2008, Cmdr. John S. Banigan, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), gives a Korean child a ship's coin after receiving a traditional flower wreath presented to welcome McCain to Busan, Republic of Korea. McCain, one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 is in Busan with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 to celebrate the 2008 International Fleet Review. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
McCain 153kUSS John McCain moored at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, on 25 October 2008.HMC(SW) Charles T. "Tom" Canterbury
McCain 162k081106-N-9123L-003. Pacific Ocean, November 6 2008, Electrician's Mate Fireman Young Jun, from Jacksonville, Fla., guides a fuel hose after completing a "hot-pump" with an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 108k090304-N-9123L-006. Pacific Ocean, March 4 2009, sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) maneuver a recovered training torpedo after completing a torpedo exercise. McCain, one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
McCain 164k090310-N-9123L-001. Pacific Ocean, March 10 2009, Damage Controlman 2nd Class John Eason, from Frankfurt, Ind., uses a naval infrared thermal imager to search for hot spots in a smoke-filled space during a simulated main space fire drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is permanently forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
McCain 154k090318-N-9123L-003. Pacific Ocean, March 18 2009, Ensign Allan Aw and Republic of Korea Navy Ensign Do-Hee Jung conduct communications between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and the Republic of Korea Navy oiler Hwachon (AOE 59) during an underway replenishment. McCain, one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, is underway supporting Exercise Foal Eagle 09, a joint exercise between the U.S. and Republic of Korea naval services. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder.Bill Gonyo
McCain 172k090402-N-8534H-001, Yokosuka, Japan, April 2 2009, a large harbor tugboat assists the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) as it moors abreast of the guided-missile USS Hopper (DDG 70) as McCain returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka from a scheduled underway. McCain is one of seven guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Hirayama.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 188k091019-N-2638R-001. Yokosuka, Japan, October 19 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is in dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka during a scheduled dry-dock selective restricted availability. John S. McCain is one of seven ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Reckard.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 198k091019-N-2638R-002. Yokosuka, Japan, October 19 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is in dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka during a scheduled dry-dock selective restricted availability. John S. McCain is one of seven ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Reckard.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 106kArleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) rests in dry dock 5 at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, October 19 2009, during a scheduled dry-dock selective restricted availability. McCain is one of seven ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Reckard.Bill Gonyo
McCain 78k110106-N-5019M-001. Yokosuka, Japan, January 6 2010, Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Will Crawford does preventative maintenance on a life jacket aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). McCain is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mikey Mulcare.Bill Gonyo
McCain 159k100108-N-5019M-001. Yokosuka, Japan, January 8 2010, Culinary Specialist 1st Class Tremayne Brown, from Tulsa, Okla., receives stores for the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). John S. McCain is one of seven ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mike Mulcare.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 174kPacific Ocean, December 10 2010, a combined formation of twenty-six Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. ships from 7th Fleet form a formation for a photo exercise during the last day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The biennial Keen Sword brings together 34,000 Japanese troops and 10,000 U.S. service members, plus a combined 430 aircraft and 60 ships for missile-defense and other air, land and sea operations, as service members will practice responding to a wide range of situations, including the defense of the region and reacting to a simulated contingency situation affecting Japan, within a realistic training environment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Cheng S. Yang.Bill Gonyo
McCain 127k110329-N-OJ170-011. Yokosuka, Japan, March 29 2011 the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) returns to Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, after participating in humanitarian and disaster relief missions off the coast of Sendai, Japan. The relief efforts were part of the Navy's response to assist Japan after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan March 11th. US Navy photo by Joe Schmitt.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 127k131126-N-ZZ786-019. Yokosuka, Japan, November 26 2013, Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka. McCain is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, supporting regional security and stability of the Indo-Asia Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Flewellyn, USN.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 128k140202-N-BX824-150. Pacific Ocean, February 2 2014, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Pablo Landeros, from Bakersfield, Calif., conducts a pre-aim calibration test from the remote control station in the combat information center aboard the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain (DDG 56). John S. McCain is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R Guzman.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 238k140407-N-YU572-329. Da Nang, Vietnam, April 7 2014, members of the Vietnam People's Navy depart the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a shipboard tour in support of Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam. The NEA provides opportunities for U.S and Vietnamese naval professionals to share best practices and maritime skills in non-combatant areas, such as military medicine, search and rescue, diving and salvage and shipboard damage control. Approximately 400 U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners are participating in NEA Vietnam 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.Robert M. Cieri
McCain 59kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS JOHN S. MCCAIN DDG-56 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

CDR John Kirkland Ross    Jul 2 1994 - Apr 18 1996
CDR Michael Craig Vitale    Apr 18 1996 - Dec 8 1997 (Later VADM)
CDR James Edgar Wise II    Dec 8 1997 - Aug 6 1999
CDR Jeffrey Harbeson    Aug 6 1999 - Jun 7 2001
CDR Charles Clayton (Chip) Swicker    Jun 7 2001 - Jan 21 2003
CDR Kevin Peter Campbell    Jan 21 2003 - Aug 15 2004
CDR William Thomas Wagner    Aug 15 2004 - Apr 27 2006
CDR Thomas Graham Halvorson    Apr 27 2006 - Oct 14 2007
CDR John S. Banigan    Oct 14 2007 - 2009
CDR Jeffrey Jung Kim    2009 - Nov 29 2010
CDR Matthew J. Lehman    Nov 29 2010 - Apr 25 2012
CDR Scott Bradley Hattaway    Apr 25 2012 - Oct 11 2013
CDR Charles Richard (Chase) Sargeant    Oct 11 2013 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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