USS John S McCain
Fortune Favors The Brave

 
Operational History
August 27, U.S. Navy and Marine divers have recovered all 10 Sailors who died in the berthing area that was flooded. Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles N. Findley, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin S. Bushell, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob D. Drake, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy T. Eckels, Jr., Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey G. Ingram, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin L. Doyon, Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan S. Palmer, Electronics Technician 3rd Class John H. Hoagland, III, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth A. Smith.
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October 5, JSM moved from RSS Singapura to be loaded onto a Maltese-flagged heavy load carrier, M/V Treasure, for transport back to Yokosuka.
October 11, VADM Phil G. Sawyer, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet relieved of duty CDR Alfredo J. Sanchez. CDR Edward A. Angelinas assumed temporary command.
December 5, M/V Treasure anchored off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan.
December 15, CDR Micah D. Murphy relieved CDR Edward A. Angelinas as Commanding Officer.
December 18, ADM John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operation, toured the damaged spaces of the ship and conducted an All Hands Call aboard.
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December 20, Entered Dry Dock #5 at Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka.
July 2, 2019,  Celebrated the ship's Silver Anniversary and hosted members and friends of the McCain family, former Commanding Officers, waterfront leaders and shipmates to help kickoff the next 25 years of service to the fleet and country. "

July 2, 1994 USS JOHN S. McCAIN was commissioned during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Mrs. Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona Senator John McCain, served as the ship's sponsor. President George H. W. Bush was the Senior Official presiding. DDG 56 is named in honor of Admiral John S. McCain (1884-1945), the distinguished World War II carrier task force commander, and his son, Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (1911-1981), former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. The Ad-mirals were the grandfather and father to Senator McCain

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July 27, Departed Bath for its first underway period, crewed and manned by its "plankowner" Sailors.

August 17, Pulled into Rodman Naval Base for a brief port call after transiting Panama Canal.

September 26, Arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. October 31, Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) and then underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Dec. 8-11. Jan. 17-19, 1995, Underway for final contract trials from Jan. 23-28; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) from Jan. 30- Feb. 18 and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from Feb. 21-25.

November 10, Departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden deployment as part of Middle East Force 95-4.

November 24, Anchored in Victoria Harbor for Thanksgiving and a five-day visit to Hong Kong. Port call to Singapore from Dec. 4-8. December 18, Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a turnover with USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG 54)

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March 25, 1996, Arrived in Cochin, India, for a three-day port visit before participating in Exercise MALABAR '96; Port call to Fre-mantle, Australia, from April 9-13.

April 18, Arrived in Newcastle, Australia, for an 8-day port call. Port visit to Suva, Fiji, from May 1-3 to embark "Tigers."

May 10, Returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet.

July 5, Underway in support of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Special Project TCMP 23.

June 27, 1997, Arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, after a 10-day transit from Pearl Harbor.

July 4, underway for routine training; Underway again for TSTA II on Aug 20. January 23, 1998 Departed Yokosuka for a surge Middle East deployment, as part of the INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) Battle Group.

February 6, Entered the Arabian Gulf; Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from Feb 23-27. March 16, Pulled into Dubai, U.A.E., for a four-day port visit May 30, Anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day visit

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July 21, Arrived in Tonghae, ROK, for a brief port call to refuel and to embark Commander, Destroyer Squadron 15.

August 2, Arrived in Qingdao, China, for a four-day port visit.

August 9, Departed Okinawa after a brief port call to assume position for tracking missile shot from North Korea.

November 18, Pulled into Pohang, ROK, for a brief port call before participating in Counter Special Opera-tions Forces Exercise (CSOFEX) 03-1, off the coast of Korea.

January 2003, Deployed to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf along with USS KITTY HAWK CSG in sup-port of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM.

January 28, 2004, Participated in a semi-annual Multi-Sail exercise in the Okinawa Op. Area.

January 10, 2005, Deployed to Western Pacific as part of the KITTY HAWK CSG. Port calls to Hong Kong, Chinhae and Pyeongtaek.

December 5, Arrived in Langkawi, Malaysia, for the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace 2005 Exposition.

June 8, 2006, Departed Yokosuka for a regularly scheduled deployment with the USS KITTY HAWK CSG.ddg56

October 17, Departed Yokosuka for a Fall Patrol, with the USS KITTY HAWK CSG. November 13, Participated in ANNUALEX, the largest bilateral exercise between the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). About 8,500 U.S. Sailors are took part aboard 13 ships, submarines and various shore-based aircraft. About 90 JMSDF ships and 130 aircraft also participated.

April 16, 2007, Participated in Trilateralex with ships from the Indian Navy and JMSDF in Tokyo Bay

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May 7, Arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a scheduled port visit and to participate in a Victory Day celebrations. Victo-ry Day, which is called "V.E. Day" (for Victory in Europe Day) in the U.S., is celebrated on May 9 in Russia as the day in 1945 when the Allies accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany, ending World War II in Europe.

March 10, 2008, Rescued 11 crew members of a ROK commercial fishing boat M/V Je 2 Bong Ho off the Korean Pen-insula.

July 30, Arrived in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, for a goodwill port visit; Port call to Brisbane, Australia, in mid-August; Port Call to Sydney from Aug. 20-25.ddg56

October 8, Pulled into Busan, ROK, to celebrate the 2008 International Fleet Review, the 60th anniversary of the Ko-rean government and its armed forces.

March 1, 2009, Served as the flagship for MultiSail exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan

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March 17, Participated in a joint Exercise KEY RESOLVE/FOAL EAGLE '09 off the coast of Korea after a port call in Pyeongtaek.

March 30, Departed Busan, ROK, for the Sea of Japan to monitor and track the North Korean rocket launch slated for early April. Three Aegis-equipped destroyers in the JMSDF also left their homeports over the weekend following an order to intercept any ballistic missile launched by North Korea into Japan's airspace.ddg56

May 20, Arrived in Cebu for the Philippines phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

July 21, Pulled into Yokohama, Japan, to participate in the 150th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Port of Yokohama. JSM's historic port visit is first by U.S. Navy ship in over a decade

.March 19, 2010, Arrived in Donghae, ROK for the bilateral Exercise FOAL EAGLE 2010.

April 13, Participated in a semi-annual Multi-Sail 2010 exercise, off the coast of Okinawa.

July 21, Pulled into Busan, ROK, for a two-day port visit before participating in joint Exercise INVIN-CIBLE SPIRIT; August 10, Arrived in Da Nang to commemorate the 15th anniversary of normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam.

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September 4, Pulled into Manila Bay, Republic of the Philippines, along with USS GEORGE WASH-INGTON CSG for a four-day port visit.

September 27, Joined with other U.S. and ROK naval forces in the Yellow Sea for the start of a five-day exercise de-signed "to send a message of deterrence to North Korea" and strengthen U.S. relations with ROK

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March 12, 2011, Departed Yokosuka for Operation TOMODACHI to provide humanitarian assistance in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan. August 6, Pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a five-day port visit.

January 26, 2012, Arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, to participate in Multi-Sail 2012 exercise.

November 30, Pulled into Pyeongtaek Naval Base for a brief port call before bilateral exercise.

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March 9, 2013, Anchored off Pyeongtaek, ROK, for a four-day port call before participating in annual joint Exercise FOAL EAGLE. Returned home on March 24; Underway in support of emergent national tasking from April 1-20

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February 4, 2014, Pulled into Tomakomai, Japan, for a six-day port visit in conjunction with the 65th annual Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival.

April 7, Pulled into Tien Sa Port in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a five-day port visit to participate in Naval Exchange Activity (NEA). Participated in Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) with the Vietnam People's Navy minesweeper (HQ 862) on April 12.

May 15, Anchored off Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture, for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the 75th Black Ship Festival.

May 23, Departed homeport for a Summer Patrol as part of the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CSG.

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June 1 , Moored at Busan Naval Base, ROK, for a brief port call before participating in at-sea phase of Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measure (SHAREM) June 26, Moored at Subic Bay to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines.

July 12, Anchored off Pyeongtaek Naval Base, ROK, for a three-day port call before participating in a bilateral training exercise with the ROK Navy through July 20.

July 24, Moored at Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of Exercise MALABAR 2014.

October 27, Departed Yokosuka for a Western Pacific patrol

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November 11, Participated in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 26G/KEEN SWORD 2015, with the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CSG and JMSDF ships, north off Okinawa, Japan. January 7, 2015, Departed Yokosuka for a Western Pacific patrol.

January 29, Moored at Busan Naval Base for a four-day port call after participating in a two-week bilateral training exercises with the USS MUSTIN (DDG 89) and ROK Navy.

March 4, Participated in an annual joint Exercise FOAL EAGLE.

June 20, 2016, Underway in support of emergent national tasking.

August 24, Departed Yokosuka for a Western Pacific patrol.

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September 13, Along with USS BENFOLD (DDG 65), participated in a sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the ex-USS RENTZ (FFG 46), northeast of Guam, as part of a biennial field training Exercise VA-LIENT SHIELD 2016.

September 28, Moored in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a three-day port visit to participate in Naval Exchange Activity (NEA).

October 16, Moored at Pyeongtaek Naval Base, ROK, for a scheduled port visit after participating in a bilateral training Exercise INVINCIBLE SPIRIT with the USS RONALD REAGAN CSG and ROK ships; Trans-ited the Taiwan Strait southbound on Oct. 27.

December 24, Anchored off Puerto Princesa, Palawan, for a four-day liberty port visit.

May 9, 2017 Moored at HMP East after a day-long underway for INSURV rehearsal; Day-long underway for TYCOM Mid-Cycle Inspection (MCI) assessment on May 23. May 26, Departed Yokosuka for a routine western Pacific patrol.

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May 31, Moored in Cam Ranh International Port, Vietnam, for a five-day visit. On June 3, hosted a delegation led by Senator John S. McCain, accompanied by Sena-tors Chris Coons and John Barrasso. This is the first and only time the Senator was able to visit the ship while it was in Vietnam. While there, he visited with the crew, presided over promotions and conducted reenlistments.

June 8, Arrived in the northern Philippine Sea for SAR mission on June 8. Attached to USS BONHAMME RICHARD (LHD 6) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7.

June 26-30, Participated in a Field Training Exercise North (FTX-N), with the Royal Australian Navy as part of a biennial Exercise TALISMAN SABER 2017.

August 10, Conducted Freedom of Navigation Operation near Mischief Reef, Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

August 21, 5:24AM, Collided with the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker Alnic MC approximately 5 NM northeast of Pedra Branca Island while en route to Singapore to participate in the annual Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) exercise. The destroyer suffered a large puncture to its aft port side, above and below the ship's waterline, which resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing. Four injured Sailors were medically evacuated by a Republic of Singapore Navy helicopter to a local hospital, and 10 Sailors lost their lives.

August 21, 2:35PM, Moored at Berth 5, RSS Singapura.

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August 27, U.S. Navy and Marine divers have recovered all 10 Sailors who died in the berthing area that was flooded. Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles N. Findley, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin S. Bushell, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob D. Drake, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy T. Eckels, Jr., Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey G. Ingram, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin L. Doyon, Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan S. Palmer, Electronics Technician 3rd Class John H. Hoagland, III, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth A. Smith.

October 5, JSM moved from RSS Singapura to be loaded onto a Maltese-flagged heavy load carrier, M/V Treasure, for transport back to Yokosuka.

October 11, VADM Phil G. Sawyer, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet relieved of duty CDR Alfredo J. Sanchez. CDR Edward A. Angelinas assumed temporary command.

December 5, M/V Treasure anchored off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan.

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December 15, CDR Micah D. Murphy relieved CDR Edward A. Angelinas as Commanding Officer.

December 18, ADM John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operation, toured the damaged spaces of the ship and conducted an All Hands Call aboard.

December 20, Entered Dry Dock #5 at Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka.

July 2, 2019, Celebrated the ship's Silver Anniversary and hosted members and friends of the McCain family, former Commanding Officers, waterfront leaders and shipmates to help kickoff the next 25 years of service to the fleet and country. "

 

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