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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer

DDG 109 - USS Jason Dunham

 

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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight IIA

Builder: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA

   

STATUS:

Awarded: September 13, 2002

Laid down: April 11, 2008

Launched: August 2, 2009

Commissioned: November 13, 2010

IN SERVICE

   

Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake: CPL Jason Lee Dunham, USMC (1981-2004)

Ships Motto: SEMPER FIDELIS, SEMPER FORTIS (always faithful, always strong)

Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG

 

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Baltimore, Maryland - October 2016 


Baltimore, Maryland - October 2016 

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Gulf of Mexico - September 2016


Gulf of Mexico - September 2016

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Norfolk, Virginia - August 2015

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Plymouth, U.K. - August 2015


Plymouth, U.K. - July 2015

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Klaipeda, Lithuania - July 2015

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Riga, Latvia - July 2015

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Karlskrona, Sweden - July 2015

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Helsinki, Finland - July 2015

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Kiel, Germany - June 2015


Kiel, Germany - June 2015

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Kiel, Germany - June 2015

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Baltic Sea - June 2015

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Gdynia, Poland - June 2015

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Norway - May 2015


May 2015

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Rota, Spain - April 2015

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Bosphorus Strait - April 2015

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Black Sea - April 2015


Black Sea - April 2015

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - March 2015


Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - March 2015

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CDR Darren Dugan, Commanding Officer (CO) - February 2015

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Faslane, Scotland - October 2014

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Newport, Rhode Island - September 2014

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MH-60R Seahawk of HSM-46 'Grandmasters' aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) - September 2014


Norfolk, Virginia - February 2014


Funchal, Madeira, Portugal - March 2013

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Suez Canal - March 2013

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5th Fleet AOR - March 2013


5th Fleet AOR - March 2013


5th Fleet AOR - March 2013


5th Fleet AOR - March 2013


5th Fleet AOR - March 2013


5th Fleet AOR - March 2013


5th Fleet AOR - January 2013

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Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - January 2013


countermeasures washdown - December 2012

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replenishment at sea (RAS) - Arabian Sea - November 2012

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Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - November 2012

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Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes - October 2012


5th Fleet AOR - October 2012


5th Fleet AOR - October 2012

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Arabian Sea - October 2012

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Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - October 2012

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Mk-15 Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) - October 2012


Suez Canal - September 2012

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vertical replenishment (VERTREP) - Mediterranean Sea - September 2012


Mediterranean Sea - September 2012


Black Sea - July 2012


Black Sea - July 2012


Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - July 2012

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Mk-15 CIWS live fire exercise - July 2012

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2012


Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2012


Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2012


Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2012


Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2012


Atlantic Ocean - June 2012


Atlantic Ocean - June 2012


Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - May 2012


Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - May 2012


Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - May 2012


Mk-45 Mod.4 5"62-caliber gunfire - May 2012


Atlantic Ocean - April 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2012


Atlantic Ocean - March 2012


Norfolk, Virginia - August 2011


Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010


Norfolk, Virginia - November 2010

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commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - November 13, 2010


Port Everglades, Florida - November 2010

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trials - May 2010 (GDBIW photo via NNS)


trials - May 2010 (GDBIW photo via NNS)


trials - May 2010 (GDBIW photo via NNS)

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after christening at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine - August 1, 2009


christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine - August 1, 2009

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construction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine


construction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
 

 

USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109):
 

 

Corporal Jason Lee Dunham (November 10, 1981 - April 22, 2004):

Corporal Jason Lee Dunham was born on 10 November 1981 in Scio, New York. The date may seem insignificant to those who don't know its history. The ones who do know its significance celebrate this day - faithfully - each year. November 10th is the United States Marine Corps birthday... a birthday that Jason Dunham shares.

Corporal Jason L. Dunham was 22 years old when he left us. He came from the small town of Scio (sigh-oh) population 1900. It’s the kind of town where everyone knows your name... where values and respect still mean something. It was here, along a winding country road filled with rolling-meadows, and a swift moving creek, that Jason L. Dunham was brought into this world.

As you turn into the Dunham’s long driveway that leads to their house, the breeze catches a yellow ribbon tied to the mailbox and the story begins to unfold. The further you drive; two flags adorn the front porch, an American flag and the United States Marine Corps flag. And both seem to play the same quiet song, and yet both stand tall for this fallen young man. There is a final reminder that Jason Dunham is no longer with us… a blue star in the front window has been replaced by a gold star, symbolizing the Dunham family loss.

On April 14, 2004, 3 days after Easter Sunday, Corporal Dunham was manning a checkpoint in Karabilah, Iraq, when an insurgent leapt from his car and began choking Corporal Dunham. A scuffle ensued as two Marines approached to help. Reportedly, the last words from Corporal Dunham were, “No, No. Watch his hand.” Suddenly, the insurgent dropped a grenade. Corporal Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, dropped to the ground, and covered the explosive as best he could.

The blast seriously wounded all 3 Marines. Eight days later, Corporal Jason L. Dunham died at Bethesda Naval Hospital from wounds he received in the incident. He was 22.

Corporal Dunham made the ultimate sacrifice, and in doing so saved the lives of his fellow Marines. Due to his actions on that fateful day, Corporal Dunham has been awarded the Medal of Honor.


Medal of Honor citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

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