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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
DDG 58 - USS Laboon
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight I
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA
  
STATUS:
Awarded: December 13, 1988
Laid down: March 23, 1992
Launched: February 20, 1993
Commissioned: March 18, 1995
IN SERVICE
 

Homeport: Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
 Namesake: Captain John Francis Laboon (1921-1988)
Ships Motto: WITHOUT FEAR
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG
 

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Suez Canal - March 2018

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returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - July 2017

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Mk-45 Mod.2 (5"/54-caliber 127mm) gun live fire exercise - 5th Fleet AOR - May 2017

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Combat Information Center (CIC) - 5th Fleet AOR - May 2017

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aft steering station - 5th Fleet AOR - May 2017

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electrical panel control console in the central controlling station - 5th Fleet AOR - May 2017

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Atlantic Ocean - September 2016

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casualty control station - July 2016

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Bosphorus Strait, Turkey - July 2015

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Souda Bay, Crete, Greece - July 2015

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Mk-38 Mod.2 25mm machine gun system in manual use - June 2015

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combat information center (CIC) - Black Sea - June 2015

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combat information center (CIC) - Batumi, Georgia - June 2015

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Dardanelles Strait - June 2015

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Mediterranean Sea - June 2015

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Mediterranean Sea - June 2015

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Mediterranean Sea - June 2015

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Mediterranean Sea - May 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Mediterranean Sea - May 2015

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Souda Bay, Greece - May 2015

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Souda Bay, Greece - April 2015

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Souda Bay, Greece - April 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Mediterranean Sea - April 2015

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central control room - April 2015

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Mk-32 torpedo tubes exercise - Mediterranean Sea - April 2015

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Mk-32 torpedo tubes exercise - Mediterranean Sea - April 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Mediterranean Sea - April 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun control console - April 2015

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engine control console - April 2015

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5th Fleet AOR - April 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Mediterranean Sea - March 2015

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Haifa, Israel - March 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Aegean Sea - March 2015

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main engine room - March 2015

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Combat Information Center (CIC) - March 2015

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Mk-32 torpedo tubes exercise - March 2015

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Mk-38 Mod.2 machine gun system live fire exercise - March 2015

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Mk-45 Mod.2 gun live fire exercise - Atlantic Ocean - March 2015

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Naval Station Rota, Spain - March 2015

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USS Laboon launches a RIM-66 Standard Missile SM-2MR - February 2015

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Combat Information Center (CIC) - Atlantic Ocean - November 2014

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arriving at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - March 2013

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Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - March 2013

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Souda Bay, Greece - February 2013

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Souda Bay, Greece - February 2013

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Mediterranean Sea - January 2013

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Souda Bay, Greece - October 2012

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - July 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - May 2012

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USS Laboon launches a RIM-66 Standard Missile SM-2MR during an exercise - March 2012

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electric plant control console - March 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

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Atlantic Ocean - March 2012

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arriving at Norfolk, Virginia - February 2011

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Souda Bay, Greece - January 2011

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Souda Bay, Greece - January 2011

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - August 2010

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departing Norfolk, Virginia - August 2010

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central control station - April 2010

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Atlantic Ocean - February 2010

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arriving at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia - August 2009

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Souda Bay, Greece - January 2008

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Souda Bay, Greece - January 2008

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Souda Bay, Greece - January 2008

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Souda Bay, Greece - January 2008

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Atlantic Ocean - April 2007

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Atlantic Ocean - April 2007

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Atlantic Ocean - April 2005

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - June 2004

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - March 2003

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Souda Bay, Greece - October 2002

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returning from deployment - November 1996

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returning from deployment - November 1996

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returning from deployment - November 1996

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USS Laboon launches a BGM-109 Tomahawk land attack missile (TLAM) against Iraqi target - Arabian Gulf - September 1996

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with USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) alongside - Norfolk, Virginia - April 1996

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Chesapeake Bay - August 1995

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returning from trials - Kennebec River, Maine - undated

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after launching - February 20, 1993

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christening & launching ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Maine - February 20, 1993

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prepared for christening & launching at Bath Iron Works, Maine - February 19, 1993

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prepared for christening & launching at Bath Iron Works, Maine - February 19, 1993

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keel laying ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Maine - March 23, 1992
   
 
USS Laboon (DDG 58):
 
Laboon's keel was laid down on 23 March 1992 at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. She was launched on 20 February 1993. Laboon was commissioned on 18 March 1995, commanded by CDR Douglas D. McDonald. In the fall of 1996, she fired Tomahawk missiles at targets in Iraq, thus becoming the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to engage in combat.

In 1998, Laboon took part in NATO Exercise Dynamic Response 98, together with USS Wasp's Amphibious Ready Group.

On 12 September 2012, Laboon was ordered to the coast of Libya in what the Pentagon called a "contingency" in case a strike was ordered. This was in response to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks.

On 21 June 2015, Laboon entered the Black Sea along with the French ship Dupuy de Lôme as part of NATO's presence missions following the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. While in the Black Sea, Laboon participated in joint maneuvers with a Romanian Navy Rear-Admiral Eustațiu Sebastian-class corvette for two days beginning on 22 June 2015. On 27 June 2015, Laboon began a two-day visit to the Black Sea port of Batumi, Georgia to participate in training with the Coast Guard of Georgia and offer tours of the ship.

On 14 April 2018, she fired seven Tomahawk missiles from a position in the Red Sea as part of a bombing campaign in retaliation for the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against people in Douma.

source: wikipedia
 
Captain John Francis Laboon (April 11, 1921 - August 1, 1988):

In the words of Cardinal John O'Conner, Father Jake was "a man who treated a seaman as respectfully as he treated an admiral." He constantly worked to improve living conditions, and address the needs of officers, enlisted personnel, and their families. "Everyone was sacred in his eyes - a person of priceless worth."

Born in Pittsburgh on 11 April 1921, Father Jake attended Carnegie Technical Institute for one year after high school. In 194O, he entered the Naval Academy, where he excelled in both athletics and academics. In 1942, he was a member of the All-East Football Team, and in 1943, "jumped ship" to Lacrosse, where he was selected for the Intercollegiate National Championship Navy Lacrosse Team, defenseman on the All-American Lacrosse Squad, and participated in the North-South All-Star game. He also served as President of the Newman Club, a Catholic support group.

After accelerated graduation in 1943, he trained as a submarine officer in New London, Connecticut, and upon completion, was assigned to USS Peto (SS 267). During his tour, Father Laboon served as Communications Officer, Gunnery and Torpedo Officer, and Executive Officer. Surviving numerous war patrols in the Western Pacific, Lieutenant Junior Grade Laboon was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions on Peto's tenth war patrol.

The actions for which Father Jake was awarded the Silver Star, are indeed extraordinary. Following pick-up of a downed American pilot near the Island on Honshu, the crew was searching for his "wingman". The second aviator was soon spotted, but the water was shallow and most certainly mined, preventing the Peto from maneuvering closer. To make matters worse, they were under intense enemy fire from a Japanese shore battery. The Commander called for a volunteer, and without hesitation, LTJG Laboon dove off the submarine. Swimming throughout the mined waters, he rescued the pilot. This unselfish act underscored Father Jake's character, and set the tone for how he lived his life.....an inspiration, a true hero.

Lieutenant Laboon resigned from Naval service shortly after the end of World War II, and entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) on 31 October 1946. On 17 July 1956, Father Jake was ordained a Jesuit Priest at Woodstock, Maryland.

Father Jake then applied for a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps in February 1957, and in December 1958 was recalled to active duty. Over the course of the next 22 years, Father Jake served in various duty stations around the world, including Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, and Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" for his fearless actions as battlefield Chaplain with the 3rd Marine Division in April 1969.

Other notable milestones in a truly distinguished career, include the honor of nomination for promotion to the rank of Admiral and services as Chief of Chaplains. The Polaris Submarine Program was also blessed with having Father Jake as its first chaplain. The U.S. Naval Academy was likewise honored with his services a Senior Catholic Chaplain. On 31 October 1980, Captain Laboon retired as Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

After retirement from the Navy, Father Laboon returned to Annapolis to oversee the construction of the Jesuit-retreat facility, Manresa-on-Severn, which was within view of the U.S. Naval Academy he so loved. His final assignment was pastor of St. Alphonsus Rodriquez Church in Woodstock, Maryland. He served faithfully until his death on 1 August 1988, exactly 28 years after his beloved Peto was struck from the Navy list of commissioned ships.

Throughout a lifetime of service to God and country, Father Jake was an extraordinary example of dedication to Sailors and Marines everywhere. His genuine interest and concern for all his shipmates made him the most widely known and respected Roman Catholic Chaplain in the U.S. Fleet. Father Jake's fearless nature, compassion, and determine sense of pride will be reflected in the officers and crew of the ship which bears his name the USS LABOON (DDG 58).

source: US Navy

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