John William Finn (23 July 1909-27 May 2010). For additional information see Navy Medal of Honor: World War II; and Ordnance Men - Ensign John William Finn.
The first U.S. Navy ship named John Finn.
(DDG-113: displacement 9,140; length 510'; beam 59'; draft 31'; speed 30+ knots; complement 314; armament 1 5-inch, Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for 96 BGM-109 Tomahawks, RGM-84 Harpoons, SM-2MR Standards, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs), and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 1 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 2 25 millimeter, 4 machine guns, 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, and Kingfisher mine-avoidance system; aircraft 2 Sikorsky MH-60B/R Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)
John Finn (DDG-113) was laid down on 18 November 2013 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Huntington Ingalls Industries; launched on 28 March 2015; christened on 2 May 2015; completed her Alpha trials in the Gulf of Mexico (27–30 August 2016); set out on her maiden voyage across the Caribbean on 2 June 2017, refueled at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, visited Cartagena, Columbia, passed through the Panama Canal on 13 June, and visited San Diego, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. Laura Stavridis, wife of Adm. James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and was commissioned on 15 July 2017 at Pier Kilo 10 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hi., Cmdr. Michael K. Wagner in command.
Dark blue and gold are the colors of the United States Navy. The shield’s elements are counterchanged to keep them dominant. The seven aerial bombs represent the date of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, T.H. (7 December 1941). The three black chevronelles allude to John Finn’s Navy Chief Petty Officer rank, and the color black recalls that he was the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pearl Harbor attack. The trident represents naval authority, and the three spikes stand for the ship’s multi-mission capability. The blue barbed shamrock against the yellow field represents John Finn’s naval career and his lineage as a tough American-Irishman who embodied the motto, “Status Et Pugno” (Stand Fast and Fight).
The anchor, the color, and stars on the winged bomb, and the superimposed star on the bomb are elements representing the Navy Medal of Honor. The winged bomb symbolizes Finn’s rating of chief aviation ordnance man stationed at Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay. The 50-caliber rounds recall his manning a machine gun from an exposed position throughout the attack on 7 December 1941. The winged bomb also represents that DDG-113 is the first ship built with the Aegis Baseline 9 Weapon System that allows simultaneous air warfare and ballistic missile defense capability. The twelve shamrocks recall Finn’s Irish heritage and his wounds by enemy fire.
The crossed Navy officer’s sword and Navy cutlass reflect the fact that Finn served both as an enlisted sailor and an officer, and they also represent the teamwork and cooperation of the officer-enlisted crew of DDG-113.
The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oblong disc within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold rope border and bearing the name “USS JOHN FINN” at the top and “DDG 113” at the base.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
17 July 2017