Marches On !!!
A little over 3 months before shipmates are piped aboard the USS JPJ Assoc. reunion in Charleston …. 14 weeks, or 98 days to be exact, as I write this June 21st!
Shipmate Don Wall has been regularly reminding everyone to sign up, and I’m doing the same.
Interesting and exciting things have been happening since the last newsletter, including:
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see old shipmates, and meet new ones in Charleston.
WITH US 27-30 Sept.!!!
Word’s been spreading about joining the JPJ Assoc. …. 6 new members since the last newsletter in March, mostly from DDG-32!
To all, a most hearty
CO’s Column - DDG-53
John Paul Jones
Greetings from the
South China Sea!
As I type this, JOHN
PAUL JONES is homeward bound after a successful 7-month Arabian Gulf
deployment. I relieved CDR
Chris Cegielski on the 1st of March 2012 in a ceremony in Jebel
Ali, UAE, and it’s an honor and a real privilege to be here.
So far, the ship has
visited Guam, Phuket, Bahrain, Jebel Ali, Kuala Lumpur, and we’re headed
toward Hong Kong and Hawaii prior to returning home to San Diego in July.
Along the way, we’ve conducted numerous missions in the Arabian
Gulf and Western Pacific. We managed to rescue 24 mariners from a burning,
listing chemical tanker in the Gulf.
It’s been a challenging but very rewarding deployment.
After some leave and
upkeep this summer, JOHN PAUL JONES will return to the yards this fall to
be the first (and only) AEGIS Baseline 9 Destroyer.
We’ll essentially gut the entire combat system and replace it
with new operating consoles, sensors and computing power. While no Sailor relishes an opportunity to spend time in the
yards, the crew is excited to watch the new system take shape and to test
and operate the future combat system for the surface Navy.
Like they always
have, JOHN PAUL JONES and her crew will lead the way!
Again, I’m very
privileged to be here, and I look forward to meeting many of you through
this tour and in the future. Thanks
for the opportunity to introduce myself and to brag a bit about the
wonderful crew here. All the
John Paul Jones, Baranof Rescued 24 Filipino Mariners
By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
ARABIAN GULF – Guided-missile
destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof
(WPB 1318) rescued 24 Filipino mariners in Arabian Gulf, March 15.
At approximately 2 a.m., local time,
John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces’ Commander, Task
Force 152, responded to a distress call from the Liberian-flagged motor
vessel Stolt Valor, operating within international waters 48 nautical
miles southeast of Farsi Island, Iran.
Once on scene, John Paul Jones spotted
one of two life rafts signaling with a small light and launched its rigid
hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to investigate. They discovered 16 people in
the first life raft and an additional eight mariners in the second life
“We were ready to assist and we were
fortunately in the position to help,” said Cmdr. Jon Duffy, commanding
officer, John Paul Jones.
Stolt Valor’s master confirmed one
crew member died during an explosion. The 24 rescued Filipino mariners
were in good health and did not require medical assistance. They were
provided food, water, and blankets.
“Coming to the aid of fellow mariners
in trouble and conducting search and rescues at sea are critical skills
that the Navy trains us to get right,” said Duffy. “I couldn’t be
more proud of how our crews reacted from the initial distress call to when
every survivor was safe on deck.”
At approximately 7:30 a.m., the 24
survivors were transferred from John Paul Jones to Baranof for
repatriation in Manama, Bahrain.
Stolt Valor is a chemical tanker
carrying approximately 13,000 metric tons of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE),
which is used to increase oxygen content in gasoline throughout the U.S.,
to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels caused by auto emissions. MTBE
is considered soluble, but not biodegradable.
Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Battle
Watch Officer reported the incident to the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid
Center (MEMAC), who dispatched tugs with fire fighting capability to the
U.S. 5th Fleet’s Naval Cooperation and
Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) contacted Stolt-Nielsen Limited to establish
a line of communication between the military and the shipping company’s
crisis response team. The environmental impact is unknown at this time.
John Paul Jones and Baranof continued
their missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined
Maritime Forces’ Commander, Task Force 152, is conducting maritime
security operations in the Arabian Gulf.
Baranof is assigned to Commander, Task Force 55 and U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.
ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2012) The Liberian-flagged motor vessel (MV) Stolt Valor is on fire in the Arabian Gulf. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) rescued 24 Filipino mariners from two Stolt Valor life rafts. John Paul Jones is assigned to Combined Maritime Forces' Commander, Task Force 152, conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (March 15, 2012) Ensign Darius
Mercer, right, and Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS
John Paul Jones (DDG 53), transfer six rescued Filipino mariners to the
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318). John Paul Jones rescued the
mariners when their ship, the Liberian-flagged motor vessel (MV) Stolt
Valor, caught fire in the Arabian Gulf. Baranof transported the rescued
mariners to Manama, Bahrain for repatriation. John Paul Jones is assigned
to Combined Maritime Forces' Commander, Task Force 152, conducting
maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. Baranof is assigned to
Commander, Task Force 55 and U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest
Asia, supporting maritime security operations and theater security
cooperation in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy
Shipmate News -
honor looks like: The flash
mob at Gate 38
is a hard term to describe. It doesn’t have a color or weight or
shape. If someone were to ask me what honor looked like, I’d
probably struggle with what to say.
something happened on May 23, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. at Gate 38 of Reagan
National Airport that might change that. A flash mob of sorts broke
out. But not like you’ve seen on YouTube with highly choreographed dance
numbers or people singing a song in unison. In fact, virtually all
of the participants of this “flash mob” didn’t know they would be
participating until moments before it happened.
me explain. Shortly before 9:30 over the loud speakers, a US Airways
gate attendant announced that an Honor
Flight of World
War II veterans would be arriving momentarily and encouraged anyone
passing by to help greet them. Five or six people looked like they
were officially part of the welcoming committee, and the rest of the
people in the secure section of the airport were regular old travelers
going somewhere. Then I had a terrible thought. What if these
veterans came off the plane and just those five or six individuals were
there to greet them. I walked a gate over to help see the veterans
– then it happened and frankly, I wasn’t expecting it. All
throughout the terminal, people left their gates and gathered around gate
38. A few active military personnel in plain clothes approached the
gate attendant and politely asked if they could join in the salute
within the jet way as the heroes first stepped off the plane. Every
human being in the terminal stood at attention and faced the door.
held up an old newspaper from 1945 that had a banner headline that said,
“Nazis Quit!” And when I saw that newspaper, I realized that
World War II wasn’t just a chapter in a history book. It was men
and women who saw an evil like the world has never seen before and
traveled across the world to meet that evil. And they defeated it.
wonder if in 1945, any of those brave soldiers could ever imagine that 67
years later, we’d still be basking in the freedom that they preserved.
And some of those heroes were about to walk through Gate 38.
first soldier walked through the door. Old, frail and needing help
walking. And every person I could see in the entire airport stood
and applauded. No – maybe cheered is more like it.
here’s the thing – the applause didn’t stop. For a full 20
minutes, as veteran by veteran stepped out of the jet way, the US Airways
wing of Reagan National Airport thundered in appreciation. Travelers
stepped out for the opportunity to shake their hand while others held back
is the America we picture in our heads. Heroes getting a hero’s
welcome and those who enjoy the freedom adequately conveying their
I know what honor looks like.
Reunion - Charleston, SC - Sept. 27-30 2012
Crew & Mates,
reunion committee is excited to present to you our planning materials for
our Charleston reunion this fall.
have attempted to fit in as much as possible while maintaining our reunion
fee at the same level as that of the four day reunions in Nashville and
Buffalo. Charleston has
succeeded San Francisco as the nation’s number one tourist destination
and you will see why when you get here.
Our Holiday Inn headquarters was chosen because of its close
proximity to most of Charleston’s major attractions, restaurants and
One of our reunion will begin with an orientation bus tour of the downtown
area and the Battery where many of the fine homes are located.
We will then cross over the Cooper River to Patriots Point, board
the USS Yorktown CV-10 - the “Fighting Lady” - for a tour, lunch in
the CPO mess and to memorialize those who have left us behind. The
Medal of Honor museum on board Yorktown is an inspiring insight to the
heroism and sacrifice made by many of our young people in defense of our
alongside the Yorktown are the recently overhauled USS Laffey (DD-724)
and the USS Clamagore (SS-343) also beckoning you to visit.
banquet speaker will be Captain Jim Chandler who commanded the USS
Wainwright CLG-28 during the 1988 naval action in the Persian Gulf against
the Iranians. One Naval
Academy historian has included the firefight as one of the five naval
battles that has shaped American history.
What a current topic that will be!
are many sights to see and things to do.
We have included on the registration form four optional tours
recommended to us by our local contacts,.
We are fortunate to have timed our reunion to coincide with the
first days of the world renowned house and garden tour of historic,
private homes and their manicured gardens.
Our reunion span is far too short to take in all that the low
country of South Carolina has to offer so plan to come early and stay
late. See you in September!
Your reunion committee,
is important to book your room now to guarantee our special rate;
and we also need an early head count to finalize our planning. Your
hotel reservation can be cancelled with 24 hours notice - and we will
refund your reunion fee if you unexpectedly have to change your plans and
notify us by August 15, 2012.
So don’t procrastinate - head for the brow and come aboard!!
- Ed Ettinger 860-572-0899;
cell 860 961-4511; email@example.com
JOHN PAUL JONES REUNION
Citadel - Friday Afternoon (after Charleston/Patriots Point Tour)
Harbor and Fort Sumter – Saturday
Hall Plantation – Saturday $49 pp
The Civil War in Charleston featuring the Confederate Submarine CSS HL Hunley-- Saturday 46 pp3 1/2 hour expert guided tour through the City’s civil war sites then on to the Hunley, recently restored and preserved; the first sub to sink a warship but then sunk in a storm with all hands soon thereafter, only to be raised in 2000. Transport included.
–If you are interested in the Candlelight House & Garden Walking
Tour on Friday evening, you can
order tickets on the registration form.
We understand these tickets sell out quickly. Price
is $45 pp
Does NOT include
JOHN PAUL JONES ASSN REUNION
REGISTRATION AND NAME BADGE INFO
Please mail this form and your check for registration and tour selections no later than August 1, 2012. MAIL TO:
Registration Fee covers the cost of: v Friday Bus Tour of Charleston with
stop for Lunch and Memorial Service aboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots
Point v Saturday Evening
Banquet v Sunday Breakfast Meeting v
Hospitality Suite Refreshments v
Souvenir of Charleston
Name: _____________________________ Last Name:
Want a different badge name? If so, please specify: __________________________________________
Street Address: _____________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: _____________________________ Will you have a car? [ ] YES [ ] NO
Best Phone Number to reach you: _____________________ e-mail:_________________________
________ Years served on JPJ: From: _____
to _____ Rank/Rate while on JPJ: ______
HOLIDAY INN CHARLESTON-MOUNT
PRICES HOLD 3 DAYS BEFORE AND 3 DAYS AFTER REUNION. BE SURE TO MENTION JPJ REUNION WHEN BOOKING. BOOK NOW – Hotel Reservation may be cancelled up until 6 PM of September 27th if you are unable to attend.
Please register NOW! If you cannot attend for any reason, a full refund will be made if we are notified by August 15th, 2012. A tour that is cancelled for lack of interest will be refunded at reunion registration desk.
Attendees (as of 6/21/2012)
* An additional 9-10 persons have signed up for the hotel, but not yet registered with Andy Longo
Y’all Come On Down to Charleston, y’hear!!
20 available at $20 ea. Email Andy now to reserve one: firstname.lastname@example.org