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USS FLETCHER DD-992
USS FLETCHER CDD 9925 is the last of the original thirty Spruance Class Destroyers built by Ingalls
Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, FLETCHER is cmrently assigned
to Destroyer Squadron THIRTY-ONE.
FLETCHER is a versatile multi-mission ship fully able to operate alone or with large carrier task forces. The
ship was designed primarily for Antisubmarine Warfare and has some of the most advanced underwater detection
and tire control systems developed. FLETCHER's armament includes two 5 "!54 lightweight guns, two Phalanx
Close In Weapon Systems, Haipoon and Nato Seasparrow Missiles, an antisubmarine rocket CASROCJ launcher,
antisubmaiine torpedo tubes and provisions for carrying the Light Airborne Multi-Purpose Sensor CLAMPSJ
helicopter for long range weapons delivery. In further support of her ASW role, FLETCHER carries the AN IS QS -
53 Sonar, which is linked directly to digital computers, thus ensuring swift, accurate processing of target
FLETCHER is powered by marine gas turbine engines. The four gas turbines produce more than 20,000
horsepower each to drive the ship at speeds in excess of 30 knots. Twin controllable, reversible pitch propellers
give the ship an exceptional degree of maneuverability. A
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ADMIRAL FRANK JACK FLETCHER
Frank Jack Fletcher was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on
29 April 1885. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from
his native state in 1902, he was graduated from Annapolis on
12 February 1906 and commissioned an Ensign on 13
February 1908 following two years at sea. The early years of
his career were spent on the battleships RHODE ISLAND,
OHIO, and MAIN. He also spent time on USS EAGLE and
USS FRANKLIN. In November 1909 he was assigned to
USS CHAUNCEY, a unit of the Asiatic Torpedo Flotilla. He
assumed command of USS DALE in April 1910 and in
March 1912 returned to CHAUNCEY as Commanding
Officer. Transferred to USS FLORIDA in December 1912,
he was aboard that battleship during the occupation of Vera
Cruz, Mexico in April 1914. For distinguished conduct in
battle engagements in Vera Cruz he was awarded the Medal
Upon the outbreak of World War I he served as Gunnery
Officer of USS KEARS ARGE until September 1917, after
which he assumed command of USS MARGARET. He was
assigned to USS ALLEN in February 1918 before taking
command of USS BENHAM in May of 1918. For distin-
guished service as Commanding Officer USS BENHAM,
engaged in the important, exacting, hazardous duty of pa-
trolling European waters and protecting vitally important
convoys, he was awarded the Navy Cross.
Fletcher later returned to Asiatic Station, having consecu-
tive command ofthe USS WHIPPLE, US S S ACRAMENTO,
USS RAINBOW, and Submarine Base, Cavite. He served at
the Washington Navy Yard from March 1925 until Septem-
ber 1927, became Executive Officer of USS COLORADO,
and completed the Senior Course at the Naval War College,
Newport in June 1930.
He became Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief,
U.S. Atlantic Fleet in August 1931. In the summer of 1933
he was transferred to the Office of the Chief of Naval
Operations. Following this assignment he had duty from
November 1933 to May 1936 as Aide to the Secretary of the
Navy, the Honorable Claude A. Swanson.
Fletcher assumed command of USS NEW MEXICO,
flagship of Battleship Division THREE in June 1936. In
December 1937 he became a member of the Naval Examini g
board, and became Assistant Chief of the B ureau of Naviga-
tion in June 1938. Returning to the Pacific between Septem-
ber 1939 and December 1941 he became Commander Cruiser,
Division THREE, Commander Cruiser Division SIX, Com-
mander Cruiser, Scouting Force, and Commander Cruiser
Division FOUR. He was in command of one of the two Task
Forces participating in the Marshall- gilbert Islands in Feb-
ruary 1942 and was second in command during the Salarnaua-
On 19 April 1942, Fletcher was designated Commander
Cruisers, Pacific Fleet. He was in command in May 1942
during the Battle of the Coral Sea. In June during the Battle
of Midway, he was senior Task Force Commander, his flag
flying in USS YORKTOWN. It was in this battle that the
Japanese suffered the first decisive defeat in three hundred
and fifty years, changing the balance of naval power in the
Pacific. During the Guadacanal-Tulagi landings on August
7 and 8, 1942, he commanded two of the three Task Forces
engaged as well as the American Task Forces in the ensuing
battle of the Eastern Solomons. Fletcher was awarded the
Distinguished Service Medal "for exceptionally meritorious
service as Task Force Commander, United States Pacific
Fleet..." during the battles in the Coral Sea and off Midway
Island in June 1942.
It was revealed in July 1945, that a Task Foroe under his
overall command had made the first penetration through the
Kurile Islands in the sea of Okhtosk on March 3 and 4, 1945,
and the same task force on february 4, 1944 bombarded
Paramushire in the first sea bombardment of the Kurile
Islands. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal
by the War Department for "...his professional ability and
able leadership in the vast wartime expansion and organiza-
tion of naval installations in the North Pacific Area...between
October 1943 and August 1945."
Admiral Fletcher was also awarded the Mexican Service
Medal, World War I victory Medal, Destroyer Clasp, Yangtze
Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Fleet
Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Cam-
paign Medal, World War II victory Medal, and the Navy
Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp.
Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher died 25 April 1973.
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Captaln Edward C McDonough was born 1n Buffalo New York and grew up 1n C1nc1nnat1 Oh1o He graduated from
the Ohlo State Unrversrty and later earned h1S MBA from Southem Ill1no1s UHIVCISIIY He IS a 1989 graduate of the Naval
War College where he was awarded an MA 1n Natronal Secunty and Strateglc Stud1es
Commrssloned 111 1968 from the NJ ROTC Program at Oh1o State Captarn McDonough served 1n the Weapons
Departmnt of USS TOPEKA CCL85 and on the staff of Destroyer D1v1s1on 82 Followm g the ASW Officers Course at Fleet
Sonar School Key West, he reported as ASW Officer and 1aterWeapons Officer aboard USS ROBERT K HUNNINGTON
CDD 7815 After graduatmg from the Naval Destroyer School Newport, Rhode Island 1n 1972 he served rn the fOuOW1Ilg
afloat b1llets Weapons Officer and later Operatlons Officer USS REASONER CFP 10635 Frrst Lleutenant USS
CAYUGA CLST 11865 Operauons Officer USS CLEVELAND CLPD 75 Execuuve Officer USS FIFE CDD 9915 and
COIIlIIl2lIldlI1g Officer USS CUSHING CDD 9855 CF1agsh1p for the PACFLT ASWRON5 Dunng these tours Capta1n
McDonough deployed with the THIRD SIXTH and SEVENTH Fleets and partrcrpated 1n a vanety of ASW orrented
operauons and exercrses
Captam McDonough has served ashore as A1de and Flag Lleutenant to the Commandant of the Eleventh Naval Drstnct
rn San D1ego from 1975 1977 and as the ASW mstructor at the Surface Prospecuve Commandrng Officer Course m
Newport Rhode Island from 1979 through 1981 Pnor to assummg command of USS CUSHING Captam McDonough
served as Navy A1de to the Commandant of the Marlne Corps 1n Washmgton D C He most recently served as Ch1ef of
Staff Commander Naval Surface Group Westem Pacrfic rn Subrc Bay Republ1c of the Phrhppmes
Captarn McDonough 1S mamed to the former Martha Loulse Hleatt of Dayton Oh1o The McDonough s have two
daughters Katherme Ann and Margaret Mary away at college
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