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Winter 2004



Secretary’s Corner

First of all, on behalf of the officers of the JPJ Assn., I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR, filled with health, joy, success, and above all, peace in these troubled and warring times, with the fervent hope that the situation in Iraq will be stabilized, direct-rule returned to the people as soon as possible, and our troops brought home from Afghanistan.

This issue of the newsletter is devoted to looking back over happenings of the past year, and forward to what’s ahead, including much-awaited news and information about the Philadelphia Reunion. Read about:

·        JPJ Assn. “Happenings” – 2003

·        JPJ DDG-53 Ops/Activities – 2003

·        DDG-53 Changes-of-Command and “Sea Swap 2003”

·        CO’s Column

·        Reunion News and Information –

Only three short months to go before we assemble in Philadelphia. Let’s have a great turnout – with a record number of shipmates, wives and guests attending.

There will be one more issue of the newsletter before the reunion with last-minute details and information.

Be there – Sign up NOW!!!

Peter Maytham
105 Joshua Road
Smithfield, VA 23430
Tel:  (757) 357-3785
Fax:  (757) 357-0846

JPJ Assn. “Happenings” – 2003

♠  We commit thee to the sea ….

Shipmates who left us:

§         Eugene HOFF            DD-230

§         Bruce YOUNG            DD-230

§         Warren HOWARD       DD-230

§         Jesse LASETER         DD-932  (Plankowner; founder of JPJ Assn.)

§         Herman FISCHER       WWII Vet

Navyman, whose ashes were scattered at sea from the JPJ DDG-53.

♣  Grady Pearson DD-230 honored by the Navy of the Republic of China for service during WWII in the Asian theatre.

♣   DDG-53 Family-day cruise – May 9th

10 West Coast Assn. members participate.

♣   JPJ Assn. donates $200 to JNROTC

First-ever private donation received by Coronado, Calif. JNROTC Unit – presented by shipmate John McKechnie.

♣   FGS Niedersachsen (F-108) renders honors to U.S. ship in remembrance of 9/11 during NATO Battle Group Exercise – German sailors man the rail in dress blues, with U.S. flag flying at the main-mast in place of the German flag.

♣   Mini-reunions held

·         WashDC (May) Past JPJ CO’s gather:

§         Bob Hayler –                1st CO DD-932

§         Al Olsen -                     5th CO DD-932

§         Tom Carney –              5th CO DDG-53

§         Dave Steindl –              6th CO DDG-53

·         Achusnet, Mass. (Sep.)   DD-932 2nd Div.

Plankowners gather from MI, FL,ME,MA

§         Tony Cambra

§         Bill Greenier

§         Roger Meunier

§         John Turnbull

§         Bob Yelle

♣    Bob Hayler, Pearl harbor veteran, honored Dec. 7th by Naval Order of U.S. Laid wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington Natl. Cemetery.

♣    A BIG WELCOME to the JPJ Assn. to 83 shipmates from the tender USS Black Hawk and Assigned Destroyer Reunion Assn. (BADRA), representing DESRON 29 of the Asiatic Fleet.. The USS Paul Jones DD-230 was DESRON 29 flagship!  

Lots of memories and sea stories!!!

USS John Paul Jones DDG-53

Tuesday, 9 Dec 2003


My short time in command of the USS JOHN PAUL JONES will end on Friday, 12 December. Roy Kitchener turned over a great ship to me that I wish I had more of an opportunity to participate with the JOHN PAUL JONES Association. Both Roy and Dave Stiendl had talked to me about the strong relationship between the crew and former shipmates of warships named JOHN PAUL JONES. CDR Andy Cully, my relief, is as "salty" as they come and I couldn't have chosen someone better. He is eager to continue the tradition of our namesake and looks forward to meeting all of you. That goes for the crew as well. CDR Cully's biography follows. 

Take care.

CDR Randy Hill
Commanding Officer



Commander Cully was commissioned in June 1985 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. His initial assignments were as Damage Control Assistant and Fire Control Officer in USS REEVES (CG-24), forward deployed and homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, where he served from September 1986 to February 1989. Upon completion of his tour in REEVES, Lieutenant Commander Cully was chosen to participate in the Carrier Readiness Improvement Program, assigned to the USS AMERICA (CV-66) as Force Over-the-Horizon Track Coordinator Officer and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer from April 1989 to March 1991. From May 1991 to September 1993, Commander Cully attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California.   Following Department Head School, he served as  Combat Systems Officer in USS COMTE DE GRASSE (DD-974), from October 1994 to August 1997.  His next assignment included both Joint Exercise Communications Planner and Executive Assistant to the J6 at U.S. Atlantic Command, from August 1997 through August 1999. He served as Executive Officer in USS SIMPSON in December 1999 through April 2001.  He then transferred to the Assessments Division (OPNAV N81) where he served as the Air Dominance and Battlespace Dominance IWAR team leader from June 2001 to July 2003.  CDR Cully is currently assigned as Commanding Officer, USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)

Commander Cully's education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a Masters of Science Degree in Information Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Commander Cully's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.

Commander Cully is married to the former Merri Beth Petro, and has three sons, Michael, Marc and Graeson.


The USS John Paul Jones DDG-53 and its officers and crew had another very busy year in 2003.

·         Change-of-Command (28 Feb.) -  CDR Roy Kitchener relieves CDR Dave Steindl

·         Preparation for hull, mechanical, electrical readiness inspections

·         Readiness assessments (power systems; pre-INSURV; combat systems readiness)

·         INSURV Inspection (April) - successfully passed

·         Family Day cruise (9 May) - joined by JPJ Assn. members

·         Ship visit to Vancouver, Canada (June) - first ship visit since 9/11

·         At-sea certifications (surface fire-support; bilateral ops with French Navy) – Jun.-Jul.

·         Change-of-Command (20 Oct.) -  CDR Roy Kitchener relieved by CDR Charles “Randy” Hill

·         SEA SWAP 2003 commences - crew of JPJ airlifted to Middle East to relieve crew of USS HIGGINS

·         Change-Of-Command (12 Dec.) - CDR Charles Hill relieved by CDR Andrew Hill





USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG53 Change of Command 12/12/03

CDR Charles R. Hill, USN relieved by CDR Andrew F. Cully, USN

CO’s Column
USS John Paul Jones DDG-53

23 January 2004


It is a true honor and privilege to be in command of the world’s greatest and most  powerful warship.  I am thoroughly impressed with the outstanding professionalism and dedication of the exceptional Officers, Chief Petty Officers and crew and am confident that we will carry on the fine legacy.

Since taking command on December 12, 2003 the ship has been undergoing a CNO availability at Southwest Marine and Continental Maritime shipyards.  Along with numerous combat systems upgrades and routine hull and mechanical work we are also being outfitted with the women at sea modifications to our berthing compartments. 

In early April we will complete the availability and commence our basic training cycle.  Since this will be the first opportunity for the crew to get underway since returning from deployment in October we are excited to put the yard period behind us and become operational once again.

I will be able to better inform the JOHN PAUL JONES Association of our future employment by the time the next newsletter is published.  I would also like to extend an invitation to our Family Day cruise which is tentatively scheduled for 20 August.  When the schedule is finally approved I will pass on the details to the Association.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the JOHN PAUL JONES Association.  I look forward to meeting you.

Thanks for all your support and keep us in your thoughts.

Very Respectfully,

CDR Andy Cully
Commanding Officer, USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53)


Sea Swap is an initiative in which the ship remains deployed for 18 months, but the entire crew is replaced at six-month intervals. The purpose is to increase the time ships can remain on station during a period when Navy forces are being stretched thin by growing operational requirements around the globe. Following is the history of ships of DesRon 7 participating in Sea Swap2003:

§          Oct. 2002 –     CDR Mike Gilday and crew of USS HIGGINS (DDG-76) depart CONUS for deployment to the Middle East.

§          Apr. 2003 -     CDR Randy Hill and crew of USS BENFOLD (DDG-65) leave San Diego. Airlifted to deploy on USS HIGGINS. CDR Gilday and crew of HIGGINS return to San Diego to take over BENFOLD.

§          Oct. 2003 -    CDR Roy Kitchener and crew of the USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) airlifted to Mid-East to relieve the crew aboard HIGGINS.  CDR Randy Hill and crew originally from BENFOLD return to San Diego to take over  JPJ.

§          Dec. 2003 -     CDR Andy Cully relieves CDR Randy Hill on JPJ.

§          Apr. 2004 –     CDR Roy Kitchener and original crew of JPJ to return to San Diego aboard HIGGINS. This will conclude DDG Sea Swap test program, which the Navy intended to see if one ship could be kept on station for 18 months.

MAR 2002 - APR 2003
APR 2003 - OCT 2003
OCT 2003 - DEC 2003





Here’s the information you’ve all been waiting for:


·         Thursday, 29 April:

§          PM – Arrival Holiday Inn, Historic District (check-in 4:00 PM)

§          Welcome reception - greet old shipmates, meet new ones!

§          Evening - free

·         Friday, 30 April:         

§          Breakfast at hotel

§          Penn’s Landing tour (USS Olympia, USS Becuna, 4-masted bark Moshulu, Maritime Museum)

§          Evening - free to explore and enjoy the offerings of Philadelphia’s Historic District

·         Saturday, 1 May:

§          Breakfast at hotel

§          AM – Business Meeting

§          PM – Constitution Center (Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Visitor’s Center), Philadelphia Mint

§          Evening – walking tour “Lights of Liberty”   (Opional)

·         Sunday, 2 May:           

§          Breakfast at hotel

§          AM – free for sightseeing and/or church-going

§          PM – USS New Jersey (BB-62), Camden, NJ

ü        Tour of ship

ü        Memorial ceremony

§          NJ State Aquarium (optional)

§          Evening –Cocktail reception and Banquet

·         Monday, 3 May:           

§          Departure (check-out 11:00 AM)


·        Cost per Person for all group functions/tours: $130.00/Pers.

·        Payment MUST be made in advance, payable to, and sent to:

Richard Wagar

4 Strafford Circle Rd.

Medford, NJ 08055

Tel:  (609) 654-0867

·        WEBSITES

§         Holiday Inn:                                             

§         Convention & Visitor Bureau:                 

§         Constitution Center:                               

§         Independence Seaport Museum:           

§         Philadelphia Mint:                                   

§         JPJ Assn. website (Reunion) for other links:

NOW’S the time to sign up and register at the hotel (see reverse side).



Historic District Welcomes:

USS John Paul Jones Association reunion

April 29 – May 3, 2004


Accommodations and Services:

·          All rooms furnished with phone, voice-mail, cable TV, pay-per-view movies, ironing-board, iron, hairdryer, coffemaker, direct-dial data-port.

·          Benton’s Bar & Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; other dining & nightlife options within walking distance

·          Concierge and bell service

·          Business Center available to all guests on complimentary basis

·          Fitness room

·          Parking fee – $5.00 per day


The Holiday Inn Historic District is in the heart of the nation’s most historic square mile. Within easy walking distance of  the Betsy Ross House, Penn’s Landing, USS Olympia, Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell

Please complete the form below and 
phone, fax or mail in your registration by April 8, 2004 to:

Holiday Inn Philadelphia
Historic District
Corner 4th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tel: (215) 923-8660

Reservation Fax: (215) 923-8245


USS John Paul Jones Association Reunion

April 29th – May 3rd, 2004

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Check:    ○  Single Rm:  $85 ○  Double Rm:  $85               ○  King-size bed                   ○   Queen-size

                ○  Non-Smoking                   ○  Smoking

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Rates are honored (3) three days before and after the event, subject to availability

Reservations MUST be guaranteed by a deposit of one night’s room rate, plus taxes, or credit card number. Cancellations accepted until 6:00 PM on date of arrival. Check-In time 4:00 PM; Check-Out: 11:00 AM.