USS John Paul Jones
In Harms Way


USS John Paul JonesUSS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) is a multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to operate independently, or as unit of a Carrier or Expeditionary Strike Group or a Missile Defense Action Group in multi-threat environments that include air, surface, and subsurface threats. She will respond to low intensity conflict, coastal and littoral offshore warfare as well as open ocean conflict providing or augmenting power projection, forward presence requirements, and escort operations at sea. Recently, JPJ has been updated with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capability to engage ballistic missiles with the SM-3 missile. This system provides the capability for long-range surveillance, tracking and engagement of ballistic missiles. Aegis BMD is the main sea-based component of the U.S. National Ballistic Missile Defense system.

In order to successfully conduct this mission, JOHN PAUL JONES has been fitted with the latest weapons, sensors, command-control-communications, engineering, and damage control systems. The AEGIS Weapons system is the most advanced air defense network in the world and is capable of conducting both offensive and defensive operations using Tomahawk and Harpoon cruise missiles, Standard missiles, Close-In Weapons System, rocket launched torpedoes and 5 inch (127 mm) and crew served guns. The ship is also fitted with an integrated chemical, biological and radiological defense system to protect the ship and crew in these threatening environments.


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USS Paul Jones (DDG 53) is the third Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and the first ship of the class homeported on the west coast. She was laid down on 8 August 1990 and commissioned on 18 December 1993 in San Diego, CA.

On 7 October 2001, John Paul Jones launched the first Tomahawk missiles into Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

USS John Paul Jones, assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, participated in Valiant Shield 2007.

In 2008 John Paul Jones participated in an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) with the Essex (LHD 2) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). The ESF exercise was designed to test the ability of the Strike Groups to plan and conduct multi-task force operations across a broad spectrum of naval disciplines.

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) returned to San Diego Nov. 24 after an independent seven-month deployment to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the Persian Gulf.

In June of 2010 John Paul Jones began a ten month yard period during which her machinery control system and many HM&E systems were upgraded. This was a first in class effort, similar to the CG-47 mid life upgrade undertaken on the Ticonderoga Hull.

On 29 November 2011, John Paul Jones was the first ship to deploy after receiving the DDGMOD (HM&E) upgrade.

In 2012 John Paul Jones was the first Warship to be outfitted with a Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP) which marks the beginning of the next-generation naval war fighting capability.




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