The U.S. Navy released a special announcement on January 7 stating that the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyers, USS John Paul Jones and USS Preble, will be transferring to Hawaii this summer.
USS John Paul Jones will trade places with the Naval cruiser USS Lake Erie, which will come over to San Diego for a major overhaul. Following maintenance work, USS Lake Erie is scheduled to stay in San Diego until it’s needed for deployment.
USS Preble will take the place of Naval frigate USS Reuben James in Hawaii. USS Reuben James was decommissioned last July after almost 30 years of service.
The Navy would like to focus on providing more current anti-missile and anti-aircraft capabilities and systems to the surface forces in the mid-Pacific. According to the Navy, the destroyer John Paul Jones is equipped with the most advanced ballistic missile defense technology in the fleet.
The USS John Paul Jones is 505 feet long with a crew of 303 sailors. Commissioned 20 years in San Diego, USS John Paul Jones was named after a man that many considered the father of the American Navy. Jones was a Scotsman who started volunteering his services to the newly founded Continental Navy in 1775.
USS John Paul Jones was also a main ship in the film â€œBattleship.â€
The other guided-missile destroyer, USS Preble, just returned to San Diego in November from a 7-month deployment. USS Preble is named after Commodore Edward Preble, who led his squadron against Barbary pirates and formed the officer corps for the U.S. Navy during the war of 1812.
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