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CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 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
Named by SecNav February 17 2012.
Fabrication begun September 3 2012 at Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Launched March 28, 2015,
Christened May 1, 2015 at Pascagoula, Miss.
Commissioned July 15, 2017 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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Finn 71kJohn William Finn (July 23, 1909 – May 27, 2010) was a sailor in the United States Navy who, as a chief petty officer, received the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II. As a chief aviation ordnanceman stationed at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay, he earned the medal by manning a machine gun from an exposed position throughout the attack, despite being repeatedly wounded. He continued to serve in the Navy and in 1942 was commissioned an ensign. In 1947 he was reverted back to chief petty officer, eventually rising to the commissioned officer rank of lieutenant, until his 1956 retirement. In his later years he made many appearances at events celebrating veterans. At the time of his death, Finn was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient and the last living recipient from the attack on Pearl Harbor.Ron Reeves
Finn 185k090624-N-CT127-193. Gulf of Alaska, June 24 2009, Navy weapons department personnel spell out "John Finn" on the flight deck aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74, to commemorate the 100th birthday of the medal of honor recipient and naval aviation ordnanceman. Stennis is participating in Northern Edge 2009, a joint exercise that focuses on detecting and tracking units at sea, in the air and on land. U.S. Navy photo illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josue L. Escobosa, USN.Robert M. Cieri
Finn 248kIngalls Shipbuilding burner specialist Roland Wilson uses an Avenger III Plasma Cutter to cut patterns into steel, marking start of fabrication for the Aegis guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). A Monday ceremony at Ingalls acknowledged the actual start of fabrication on September 3 2012. Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.Bill Gonyo
Finn 39kJohn Finn visits at the start of fabrication.Ron Reeves
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Ron Reeves


PCU John Finn is launched on March 28 2015.Ron Reeves
Finn 84kChristening by sponsor Laura Elizabeth Stavridis at Ingalls May 2 2015.Ron Reeves


Christening program and schedule at Ingalls May 2 2015.Ron Reeves
Finn 90kJohn Finn (DDG-113) on Alpha Sea Trials August 30 2016.Ron Reeves
Finn 107kJohn Finn (DDG-113) spent three days at sea testing the ship’s systems in the Gulf of Mexico from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII). The first restart Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer (DDG-51) completed its builder’s trials this week, according to a Friday (2 Sept. 2016) statement from Naval Sea Systems Command.Tommy Trampp
Finn 128k161025-N-AT101-764. Gulf of Mexico, October 25 2016, pre-commissioning unit John Finn (DDG 113) fires an SM2 BLK IIIA missile during builder's trials. John Finn, built by Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, will conduct the final phase of trials, known as acceptance trials, in early November. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Maddelin Angebrand.Ron Reeves
Finn 124kNovember 14 2016, the guided missile destroyer John Finn (DDG 113) recently completed the last of three planned sea trials and is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Navy in December. Huntington Ingalls Industries photo.Ron Reeves
Finn 848k170613-N-PQ607-001 Panama Canal, Panama (June 13, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) transits the Panama Canal during its maiden voyage to its homeport of San Diego, Calif. John Finn was placed in commission on June 2, 2017 and is scheduled to have a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 15, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Chase Allvord/Released)Dave Wright
Finn 554k170710-N-QB805-388 PEARL HARBOR (July 10, 2017) The future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in preparation for its commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Randi Brown/Released)Dave Wright
Finn 287k170710-N-NU281-0210 PEARL HARBOR (July 10, 2017) The future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) is pierside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in preparation for its commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Ccommunication Specialist 3rd Class Justin R. Pacheco/Released)Dave Wright
Finn 122k USS John Finn (DDG-113) in drydock at San Diego, 25 January 2018.George Schneider
Finn 50kShip's Patch.Clint D. Ellis, GSCS

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

CDR Michael Kenneth Wagner   Jul 15 2017 - May 25 2018

CDR Courtney Marie Minetree    May 25 2018 - Aug 15 2019

CDR Thomas Peter Abbott    Aug 15 2019 - present

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