Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer John Finn
WASHINGTON — The Navy will commission its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS John Finn (DDG 113), during a July 15 ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, the Defense Department said in a July 14 release.
The new destroyer honors Chief Aviation Ordnanceman John Finn, who received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the first attack by Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor. While under heavy machine gun fire, Finn manned a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp.
Wounded multiple times, he had to be convinced to leave his post. After receiving first aid treatment, he overcame the effects of his injuries and returned to the squadron area to supervise the rearming of returning planes. Finn served throughout the war, earning a commission and eventually being promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He passed away in May 2010 at the age of 100.
Adm. Harry Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Laura Stavridis, wife of retired Adm. James Stavridis, serves as the ship’s sponsor.
“The commissioning of USS John Finn marks the beginning of what will be decades of exceptional service for this ship,” said Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the Navy. “During World War II, Chief Finn distinguished himself through heroic service to his fellow Sailors and our nation. I know the men and women who make up the crew of USS John Finn will carry his legacy forward with the same selfless service he distinguished more than 75 years ago.”
Designated DDG 113, John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the first of its class commissioned since USS Michael Murphy joined the fleet Oct. 6, 2012.