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USS LABOON (DDG-58)


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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 March 23 1992.
Launched February 20 1993 and commissioned March 18 1995.
Active unit of the US. Navy.
Homeported At Norfolk Virginia.

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Laboon 122kCaptain Laboon was affectionately known as "Father Jake" and was indeed "a one of a kind": football star at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1944), National championship Lacrosse All-American, submarine hero and battlefield Chaplain with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. In World War II, Ensign Laboon was awarded the Silver Star Medal for bravery for diving from hi submarine to rescue a downed aviator,under heavy enemy fire. For his combat duty in Vietnam he was decorated with the Legion of Merit. Lieutenant Laboon left the Navy at the end of World War II to become a Jesuit priest. In 1958 he returned as a chaplain to the Navy he loved. Over the next 21 years he served in virtually every branch of the Navyan Marine Corps. His assignments included tours in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and Vietnam. He was the first Chaplain for the Polaris Submarine Program and the Senior Catholic Chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy. When he retired in 1979, Captain Laboon was the Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Father Laboon returned to Annapolis as the house manager of the Jesuit retreat facility, Manresa-on-Severn and finally was pastor St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Woodstock, Maryland. He died in 1988. Throughout a lifetime of service to God and country. Father Laboon was an extraordinary example of dedication to sailors and marines everywhere. His genuine interest and concern for all his shipmates made him the most widely known and respected Roman Catholic Chaplain among the officers, sailors and marines of the U. S. Fleet.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 49kArtist's conception of the Laboon 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
Laboon 116kUSS Laboon (DDG-58) poster courtesy of Lockheed Martin.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 108kThe Launching Program for USS Laboon DDG 58 held at Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, ME on February 20, 1993. The cover illustration is by Vince Piecyk of General Electric.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 109kDN-SC-93-02941. A port beam view of the guided missile destroyer Laboon (DDG-58) at anchor in the harbor after being launched from the ways during its christening and launching ceremony at Bath Iron Works shipyard. BIW photo dated February 20 1993.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 178kUSS Laboon (DDG-58) underway, probably during builder's trials off New England, circa October 1994. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106833-KN.Robert Hurst
Laboon 138kDN-SC-97-01098. An aerial port side view of the guided missile destroyer USS LABOON (DDG-58) sailing past an historical old New England coastal defense fort en route to the Atlantic Ocean to conduct builders sea trails. BIW photo dated October 1 1994.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 58kOfficial Invitation to the Commissioning Ceremony held at Naval Station, Norfolk, VA on 18 March 1995.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 46kProgram for a Continental Breakfast for the guests of the Commissioning.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 93kThe Commissioning Program.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 96kNorfolk 1995.Graeme D Fuller
Laboon 119kNauticus 1995.Graeme D Fuller
Laboon 32kHalifax, NS September 11 1995.Marc Piché
Laboon 106kHalifax, NS September 11 1995.Marc Piché
Laboon 163kDN-SC-97-00787. A port bow view of the guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) and the Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS LABOON (DDG-58). This gives a side by side comparison of the two Aegis Class warships. Hampton Roads photo by Don Montgomery dated April 1 1996.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 45kSeptember 3, 1996, a Tomahawk Cruise missile is launched from the aft missile silo on board the U.S. Navy’s Arliegh Burke Class destroyer USS LaBoon (DDG 58) at 0715 local time in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Following Saddam Hussein’s offensive action into Kurdish territory within the UN sponsored “no-fly zone”, above the 36th parallel, U.S. Naval forces launched 14 Tomahawk Cruise missiles on targets in Iraq. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Wyane W. Edwards Fred Weiss
Laboon 33kNorfolk July 25 1998.Marc Piché
Laboon 61kNorfolk July 28 1998.Marc Piché
Laboon 56kUSS Laboon DDG 58 in Gibraltar on 5th August 2000.© Daniel Ferro
Laboon 15kUSS Laboon DDG-58 underway North Atlantic April 21, 2001.Steven A. Cardali
Laboon 96kSouda Bay, Greece, Oct 19 2002, USS Laboon (DDG 58) arrives in Souda Bay for a brief port visit. Laboon is homeported in Norfolk, Va. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Fred Weiss/Steven A. Cardali
Laboon 69kThe Guided Missile Destroyer USS Laboon DDG-58 transits up the Delaware River for a four day Port Visit to Philadelphia, PA US Navy photograph by Chief Journalist Mate Dave Fitz March 18, 2003.Fred Weiss/Steven A. Cardali
Laboon 158kThe guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG-58) steams off the port side of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during flight operations, 20 April 2004. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier was undergoing a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) exercise off the Atlantic coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class John L. Beeman (# 040420-N-9851B-017).Fabio Peña
Laboon 65kUSS Laboon DDG-58 in the Atlantic Ocean April 21 2004.Steven A. Cardali
Laboon 97k040630-N-4729H-012. Philadelphia, PA, June 30 2004, the guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) passes the battleship USS New Jersey museum as she pulls into Penn's Landing pier in Philadelphia, Pa. on the Delaware River. Laboon is taking part in the city's "Let Freedom Ring" Fourth of July celebration. The celebration includes free concerts, fireworks and a ceremony honoring Afghanistan leader Hamid Karzai. Laboon will host visitors for two days of tours, while Philadelphia recruiters will be on hand to explain Navy opportunities to interested visitors. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Monica Hallman.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 101kNorfolk, VA, September 12 2006, the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) moored pier side in Naval Station Norfolk undergoing a maintenance period. Copyright by terms of Creative Commons. Photo provided by T.M. Wolf.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 91k070414-N-2735T-041. 13 April 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) pulls alongside guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during maneuvering exercises in the Atlantic. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Coleman Thompson.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 79k070413-N-2735T-026. Atlantic Ocean, 13 April 2007, the guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) performs maneuvers in preparation for the Neptune Warrior training course. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Coleman Thompson.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 89k070414-N-2735T-125. 14 April 2007, the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) pulls up alongside USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) during maneuvering exercises in the Atlantic. Laboon and Bainbridge are both in transit to participate in the Neptune Warrior training course, which will test the interoperability of NATO coalition forces. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Coleman Thompson.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 104k070419-N-5681S-042. Faslane, Scotland, 19 April 2007, the guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) and USS Laboon (DDG 58) are in port for liberty. American and European ships are in Faslane to prepare for Neptune Warrior, a ten-day course to certify ships for NATO deployments. The Neptune Warrior course is designed to increase interoperability among NATO coalition forces in a maritime combat environment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Starkey.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 95kSouda Bay, Greece, January 9 2008, the guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) arrives for a routine port visit to the island of Crete. Laboon is on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 and is conducting operations in support of Operation Active Endeavor. Active Endeavor operates in the Mediterranean Sea and is designed to prevent the movement of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction as well as to enhance the security of shipping in general. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley, ID# 080109-N-0780F-001.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 94kSouda Bay, Greece, January 9 2008, the guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) arrives for a routine port visit to the island of Crete. Laboon is on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2 and is conducting operations in support of Operation Active Endeavor. Active Endeavor operates in the Mediterranean Sea and is designed to prevent the movement of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction as well as to enhance the security of shipping in general. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley, ID# 080109-N-0780F-003.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 204k080109-N-0780F-004. Souda Bay, January 9 2008, sailors conduct mooring operations as the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) arrives for a routine port call to the island of Crete, Greece. Laboon is on a scheduled six-month deployment in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, which is conducting operations in support of Operation Active Endeavor. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 147k080109-N-0780F-008. Souda Bay, January 9 2008, line handlers conduct mooring operations as the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) arrives at the pier, for a routine port call to the island of Crete, Greece. Laboon is on a scheduled six-month deployment U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 147k080616-N-5487R-002. Atlantic Ocean, June 16 2008, following the lead of Cmdr. David McFarland, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58), NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Navy Accelerate Your Life Chevrolet, assesses the waters ahead. Keselowski and several other members of the JR Motorsports team visited Sailors aboard Laboon, some of whom visited the team in their work environment as Fleet Honorees at the March Nationwide Series race in Bristol, Tenn. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Andrea Ross.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 164k090828-N-5292M-480. Norfolk, August 28 2009, the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) arrives at pier 6 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie R. Matyascik.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 183k100330-N-1559J-005. Atlantic Ocean, March 30 2010, Ensign Antwan Richardson takes bearing readings on the bridge of the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) while in transit to Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior. Joint Warrior is a semi-annual event that encompasses multi-national and multi-warfare exercises designed to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepares participating crews to conduct combined operations during deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darius O. Jackson.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 166kA U.S. Navy SH-60B Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HSL) 46 lands aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) to bring chaplains on board for Easter services April 4, 2010, in the Atlantic Ocean. Laboon is in transit to participate in multinational exercise Joint Warrior 10-1, a semiannual event that encompasses multinational and multiwarfare exercises. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nikki Smith.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 141kU.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Chuyi Yang, left, and Seaman Christopher Hill conduct a helicopter in-flight refueling exercise with an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter April 25, 2010, aboard guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58), under way in the Atlantic Ocean. Laboon is scheduled to conduct follow-on theater security cooperation port visits in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility after participating in the United Kingdom-led exercise Joint Warrior 10-1. The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HSL) 46. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nikki Smith, 100425-N-3542S-083.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 136kAtlantic Ocean, April 2010, a British Sikorsky S-61 helicopter takes off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) after transporting Royal marines from 1. Joint Warrior is a semi-annual event off the coast of Scotland to improve the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) during exercise Joint Warrior 10-interoperability between allied navies. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nikki Smith.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 91k100508-N-1559J-015. Atlantic Ocean, May 8 2010, Cmdr. Donald Donegan, commanding officer, and the executive officer, Commander Jonathan C. Russell of the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58), looks out to the beaches of Normandy, France as their crew mans the rails to honor the fallen veterans of World War II. Laboon is transiting Normandy on her return to homeport at Norfolk, Va., after participating in exercise Joint Warrior 10-1 and conducting theater security cooperation port visits in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darius Jackson.Bill Gonyo
Laboon 187k100511-N-3542S-259. Atlantic Ocean, May 11 2010, sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) participate in the M-9 pistol qualification course to qualify to stand force protection watches. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nikki Smith.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 148k100512-N-1559J-083. Atlantic Ocean, May 12 2010, Chief Gunner's Mate Matthew Rayburn supervises the firing line during a weapons qualification course for the visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58). Laboon is in transit to its homeport of Norfolk after participating in exercise Joint Warrior 10-1. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darius Jackson.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 126k120312-N-QL471-232. Atlantic Ocean, March 12 2012, the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) is under way, participating in a group sail with Carrier Strike Group 8 and six other ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 176k120312-N-NL541-103. Atlantic Ocean, March 12 2012, Lt. j.g. Monica Johnson uses the voyage management system on the bridge of guided missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) to plot the ship's course, to participate in a group sail with Carrier Strike Group 8 and six other ships. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stuart Phillips, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Laboon 11kShips patch.Steven A. Cardali

USS LABOON DDG-58 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 Douglas D. McDonald    Mar 18 1995 - Aug 31 1996
CDR Mark Stewart Danley    Aug 31 1996 - Dec 19 1997
CDR Michael Kevin Mahon    Dec 19 1997 - Jul 16 1999 (Later RADM)
CDR Eugene Francis Moran Jr.    Jul 16 1999 - Jan 26 2001
CDR Phillip Charles Pardue    Jan 26 2001 - Nov 17 2002
CDR Michael Glenn Graham    Nov 17 2002 - Jul 30 2004
CDR Jeffrey Thomas Griffin    Jul 30 2004 - Oct 22 2004 (Sea swap with DDG-66)
CDR Robert Daniel Randall Jr.    Oct 22 2004 - Feb 21 2006 (Sea swap with DDG-66)
CDR Jack Sherm Noel II    Feb 21 2006 - Mar 15 2006
CDR Dermot Paul Cashman    Mar 15 2006 - Dec 17 2007
CDR David M. McFarland    Dec 17 2007 - Jun 11 2009
CDR Donald Joseph Donegan    Jun 11 2009 - Mar 12 2011
CDR James LeRoy Storm    Mar 12 2011 - Aug 23 2012
CDR Christopher Francis Cigna    Aug 23 2012 - Jan 24 2014
CDR Christopher M. McCallum    Jan 24 2014 - present

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

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