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Ship ' s Coat of Arms The coat of arms of USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) serves as a heraldic reminder of the ship ' s namesake. Captain John Young. The shield of the coat of arms is a tricolor design. The upper portion is per fess gules (scar- let) and the lower portion is independence blue. These are separated by a wavy bar in white. John Young was appointed in the Continental Navy from Philadelphia in 1776 and received his Captain ' s commission in October of that year. During much of his period of service he was associated with France who was then helping the fledgling American nation in their strug- gle for independence. This is represented by the golden fleur-de-lis in the upper part of the shield. In August of 1780. while enroute from French Marti- nique to the United States aboard the 18 gun sloop-of- war SARATOGA, Captain Young captured four enemy vessels after a severe engagement with two of them at one time. This deed is symbolized by the wavy bar with four stars. On 20 March 1780, Captain Young ' s ship, the SAR- ATOGA, sailing in the company of French and American ships, became separated in a storm and was never seen again. The loss at sea of Captain Young and his crew is symbolized by the anchor without cable. The tricolor de- sign alludes to the national colors of both the United States and her Revolutionary War ally, France. The mast with sail hoisted is symbolic of the Conti- nental sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Captain Young ' s last command. The coat of arms of the early American family Young is represented by the red rose on the sail. The ship ' s motto, ' Trends La Mer Avec Courage " , meaning " Set Sail with Courage " serves as an inspiration for the men who serve aboard the USS JOHN YOUNG. The Commission Pennant The origin of the commission pennant is said to date to the 17th century, when the Dutch were fighting the English. Admiral Tromp hoisted a broom at his masthead to indicate his intention to sweep the English from the sea. The gesture was soon answered by the English Admiral who hoisted a horsewhip, to indicate his intention to chastise the Dutch. The British carried out their boast and ever since the narrow, or coachwhip, pennant (symbolizing the original horse- whip) has been the distinctive mark of a ship of war and has been adopted by all nations.
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USS John Young (DD-973) USS JOHN YOUNG is the eleventh Spruance Class destroyer and the ninth to join the Pacific Fleet. Built by Litton Industries of Pascagoula, Mississippi, JOHN YOUNG is a member of the first class of ships in the U.S. Navy to have gas turbine power. Four General Electric LM-2500 engines, marine versions of those used on DC-10 and C-5A aircraft, drive the ship at speeds i n excess of 30 knots. Twin controllable-reversible pitch propellers provide JOHN YOUNG with a degree of maneuverability unique among warships her size (563 feet long and displacing 8000 tons). JOHN YOUNG is a multi-mission destroyer capable of operating independently or in company with amphibious or carrier groups. Her primary mission is to operate offensively in an Anti-Submarine Warfare role. JOHN YOUNG ' s sonar is fully integrated into a Naval Tactical Data System, providing the ship with faster and more accurate processing of target information. Integration of the ship ' s digital gunfire system in the NTDS provides quick reaction in the perform- ance of the ship ' s mission areas of shore bombardment, surface warfare actions, and anti-aircraft warfare. In her 11 years of active service USS JOHN YOUNG has participated in 5 Western Pacific Indian Ocean deploy- ments. 6 RIMPAC exercises, rescued 297 political refugees from the waters of the South China Sea, and conducted combat operations against the Ras Hadat Oil Platforms in the Arabian Gulf. USS JOHN YOUNG was awarded the Battle Efficiency ' E ' from Commander, Destroyer Squadron Seven and was selected as Runner Up for the COMNAVSURFPAC Anti-Submarine Warfare Ship of the Year Award. A destroyer is a lovely ship, probably the nicest fighting ship of all. Battleships are a little like steel cities or great factories of destruction. Aircraft Carriers are floating flying fields. Even Cruisers are big pieces of machinery, but a Destroyer is all boat. In the beautiful, clean lines of her in her speed and roughness, in curious gallantry, she is completely a ship, in the old sense. -John Steinbeck
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COMMANDER STEPHEN F. RESSER, USN Commander Resser, raised in New Jersey, graduated from high school in Metuchen, New Jersey and then attended the United States Naval Academy where he graduated and was commissioned as an Ensign in June of 1973. Commander Resser served his initial sea tour in the Engineering department of USS ST. LOUIS (LKA-1 16) as Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer as well as Main Propulsion Assistant. In December of 1976, he was ordered to the USS CARON (DD-970) Pre-Commissioning unit where he served both as Main Propulsion Assistant and Engineering Officer. A 1978 graduate of the Surface Warfare Officer school Department Head course he assumed duties as Engineering Officer in USS PETERSON (DD-969) in December that same year. Commander Resser then served as Officer in Charge of the COMNAVSURFLANT, Gas Turbine Mobile Training Team, Norfolk, Virginia from October 1980 until June 1982. His next assignment was as a member of the CINCPACFLT, Propul- sion Examining Board from February 1983 until March 1985. He subsequently served as Executive Officer in USS FLETCHER (DD-992) from June 1985 until January 1987. Followed by duty as an Instructor at the Senior Officer Ships Material Readiness Course, in Newport, Rhode Island from February 1987 until March 1988. Commander Resser assumed command of USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) in June 1988. Commander Resser ' s personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and the Navy Achievement Medal. Commander Resser is single, currently resides in San Diego, Ca. and is a sailing enthusiast. He is the son of Frank and Ella Resser of Port Charlotte, Florida.
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