FM99 and The Fox welcomes home the USS Laboon. The ship and it’s crew returned home to Norfolk Monday, March 11, 2013 after a notable deployment.
The USS Laboon had 83 sailors who received enlisted surface warfare qualifications during the deployment and 40 sailors re-enlisted. The USS Laboon carries one of the most advanced weapons systems currently in our Navy.
The USS Laboon deployed from Norfolk on July 11 with 35 officers and 240 sailors.
About the USS Laboon
USS Laboon (DDG-58) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named for Father John Francis Laboon (1921–1988), a captain in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy, who was awarded the Silver Star during World War II while serving on USS Peto (SS-265).
Laboon‘s keel was laid down on 23 March 1992 at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. She was launched on 20 February 1993. Laboon was commissioned on 18 March 1995, commanded by CDR Douglas D. McDonald. In the fall of 1996, she fired Tomahawk missiles at targets in Iraq, thus becoming the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to engage in combat.
In 1998, Laboon took part in NATO Exercise Dynamic Response 98, together with the USS Wasp‘sAmphibious Ready Group.
On 12 September 2012, Laboon was ordered to the coast of Libya in what the Pentagon called a “contingency” in case a strike was ordered. This was in response to the 2012 diplomatic missions attacks. – USS Laboon Facebook Interest Page
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