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USS Laboon honors the distinguished career of Captain John Francis "Jake" Laboon, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy. Known to most simply as "Father Jake", he devoted his life to service to God, Country, and the Navy. His courage and genuine concern for all his shipmates was then, is now, and will forever remain an extraordinary example for young Sailors and Marines everywhere.

  • Keel Laid: March 23, 1992
  • Christened: February 20, 1993
  • Commissioned: March 18, 1995
  • Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
  • Propellers: two five bladed propellers
  • Length: 505 feet
  • Beam: 66 feet
  • Draft: 32 feet
  • Displacement: approx. 8,300 tons full load
  • Speed: 30+ knots
  • Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations
  • Armament: two Mk 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
  • Homeport: Norfolk, VA
  • Crew: 38 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 241 Enlisted