John Young (DD 973) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1998

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Facts Figures The USS John Young is the third destroyer named in honor of Capt John Young, Continental Navy ( 1740-1781), a gallant and daring officer who lost his life in the struggle for independence during the American Revolution. John Young began his seafaring career at an early age in the colonial merchant marine. A master mariner before the first shots of the revolution were fired, the Continental Con- gi-ess honored him with a commission and command of the sloop-of-war INDEPENDENCE. Capt Young protected American sh ipping in the West Indies and raided British merchantmen whenever and wherever the opportunity arose. While in command of the INDEPENDENCE, Capt Young par- ticipated in the first salute of recognition to the American flag from a foreign power. Capt Young went on to command two other Continental Navy vessels, the IMPERTNENT and the SARATOGA. In August of 1780, while enroute to home waters from the French colony of Martinique in the 18 gun sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Captain Young captured four enemy vessels after a close engagement with two of them simultaneously. Shortly after taking his nineteenth prize on 20 March 1781, Capt Young ' s career was cut short. While sailing in company with French and American ships, the SARATOGA became separated in a storm and was never seen again. The USS John Young is a modern, multi-mission warship whose primary missions are offensive strike warfare and submarine warfare. It is the eleventh SPRUANCE class destroyer, built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Four General Electric LM- 2500 gas turbine engines are marine versions of those used on DC-10 and C-5A aircraft. Twin control- lable-reversible pitch propellers provide the ship with a degree of maneuverability unique among warships of this size. Keel Laid Commissioned Length Beam Displacement Complement Armament Aircraft Propulsion Speed 17 February 1975 20 May 1978 563 feet 4 inches 55 feet 9000 tons 22 Officers, 22 Chief Petty Officers 300 Enlisted Personnel MK41 Vertical Launch System Two 5 inch 54 Caliber Gun Mounts Two Triple MK32 Torpedo Tubes NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System Rolling Airframe Missile Harpoon Missile System Two 20mm Phalanx Close-In-Weapon-Systems (CIWS) Two SH-60B LAMPS MKIII Helicopters Four General Electric LM-2500 Engines Marine Gas Turbine Engines 30+ Knots

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i Table Of Contents c 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-15 16-25 26-33 34-41 42-47 48-49 50 52 54 56 60 61 62 64 66 68 72 76 80 82 84 86 87 88 92 96 History, Mission, Coat of Arms, Capt Young Leaving San Diego CO, XO, CMC Operations Department Engineering Department Combat Systems Department Nav Admin Supply Air Detachment and Flight Quarters Crypto Detachment Warfare Quals, Advancements, ReenUstments Shellback Mail Call Dessert Duck Mail Buoy Watch Athletics Fitness Club Mr Mrs JYG Oddball Statistics Project Handclasp Steel Beach Picnics Holidays Guam and Hawaii Phucket, Thailand Bahrain and Dubai (Persian Gulf Experience) Australia Impressive Views MIO in the Gulf Ship Picnic in Bahrain VIP Visits to JYG Poem Tiger Cruise HOMECOMING Staff Page



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Coat of Arms The Coat of Ai-ms is a heraldic reminder of the ship ' s name- sake, Capt John Young. The shield is a tri-color design. The upper portion is scarlet, middle white and the lower portion is Independence blue. Throughout Capt Young ' s service, he worked with France who was helping the then fledgling American nation in their struggle for independence. This association is shown by the fleur-de-lis in the upper part of the shield and the tri-color design representing the national colors of the U.S. and France. In Aug. 1780, enroute from the French Martinique to the United States aboard the 18 gun sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Capt Young captured four enemy vessels after a close en- gagement with two of the ships simultaneously. This deed is symbolized by the wavy bar with four stars. On 20 March 1781, Capt Young ' s ship the SARATOGA, sailing in com- pany with French and American ships, was lost at sea dur- ing a storm and never seen again. This loss is symbolized by the anchor without cable. The mast with sail hoisted is symbolic of the Continental sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Capt Young ' s last command. The coat of arms of the early Ameri- can Young family is represented by the red rose on the sail. The ship ' s motto: ' Trends La Mer Avec Courage " means To The Sea With Courage.

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