USS John S McCain
Fortune Favors The Brave

Welcome Aboard!
Congratulations on your orders to USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56)! Named in honor of Admiral John S. McCain Sr. and Admiral John S. McCain Jr., this Arleigh Burke Class, Aegis destroyer is the third commissioned warship to carry the name “JOHN S. McCAIN”. Our officers and crew take great pride and stewardship of JOHN S. McCAIN’s superior reputation. We look forward to you joining the Big Bad John team!

JOHN S. McCAIN is home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. As a member of Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), you can expect a busy operational schedule throughout the Western Pacific. You can also expect a very rewarding tour on board.

Your sponsor will arrange to have you picked up at airport upon arrival. As a backup, PSD runs a bus that departs from Narita civilian airport to Fleet Activities Yokosuka at 1500, 1730 and 1900 on a daily basis. Check in for bus transportation is at the Military Liaison Desk located at Terminal 1 information counter. The bus ride is approximately 2 to 3 hours and will drop you of at PSD Yokosuka.

There is also transportation provided from Yokota Air Force Base to PSD Yokosuka. It is important that you keep sponsor or the Executive Officer updated on your exact arrival information so that the ship can provide transportation.

If the ship is out to sea, the bus will drop you off at PSD. PSD will direct you to TPU for check in. If you are single (E5 and Junior), TPU will provide berthing assignment for you. If you are E7 and above (Single or married with family members), you will proceed to the Navy Lodge. If there are rooms unavailable for single E7 and senior, a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) will issued prior to BEQ assignment. Service Members with family must check in at the Family Assistance Support Team (F.A.S.T.) Office and Housing Office. F.A.S.T. will require copies of documents necessary for the welfare of your family members. They will also provide a helpful family folder. If the ship is at sea, and time permits prior to its return, proceed to the family service center at PSD and enroll in the one week “Area Orientation Brief/Intercultural Relations” class(AOB/ICR).

If you are E-4 or above, married, and planning to move your family to Japan, you can reach our ombudsman here. In accordance with regulations, E-3 and junior cannot bring their family members to Japan.

The local base newspaper is an excellent source of information and is available at various locations on base.

U.S. money can be exchanged for yen at the community bank in PSD, at the O-Club, Chief’s Club, and Enlisted Club Alliance. Both dollars and yen are good for getting on-base taxi and you can claim your initial on-base taxi ride in your travel claim.

Again, welcome aboard, Shipmate! As is obvious from this message, checking into Yokosuka is a very busy time. However, as a member of the Big Bad John Family, you are not alone. We will do everything we can to help make it a smooth transition.

Fortune Favors the Brave.

CDR Chad Graham
Commanding Officer

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