About John Finn

As a Chief Petty Officer at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941 during the Japanese air raid that struck that facility and others on Oahu, Chief Finn’s heroism and bravery earned him the first Medal of Honor to be awarded in World War II.

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About DDG-113

The future USS John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke class destroyer, and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.  Finn will provide increased capabilities over previous flights of Arleigh Burke destroyers, including advances in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare.

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The Commissioning

On July 15, 2017, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, the Commissioning Ceremony and events surrounding it will commemorate the legacy of John Finn and welcome the ship that bears his name into the active fleet of the United States Navy.

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We need your help

The Commissioning Ceremony itself is fully funded by the Navy.  However the commemorative events surrounding the commissioning are sponsored by the Navy League of the United States, Honolulu Council.  Your contributions will enable us to conduct these celebratory events that honor the ship, her crew and reflect pride in the honor, courage and commitment of John Finn.


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