american Us Navy - United States Navy USS Conolly (DD-979) (+2009)
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nationality american
purpose war
type destroyer
propulsion Gas Turbine
date built 1978
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weight (tons) 8040  disp (surf)
dimensions 172 x 16.8 x 6.3 m
material steel
engine 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 2 screws
armament 2 x 5 in (127 mm) 54 calibre Mark 45 dual purpose guns 2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Mark 15 guns 1 x 8 cell ASROC launcher (removed) 1 x 8 cell NATO Sea Sparrow Mark 29 missile launcher 2 x quadruple Harpoon missile canisters 2 x Mark 32 triple 12.75 in (324 mm) torpedo tubes (Mk 46 torpedoes) 2 x quadruple ABL Mark 43 Tomahawk missile launchers Aircraft carried: 2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.
power 80000  s.h.p.
speed 32.5  knots
yard no. 4217
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cause lost used as a target
date lost 29/04/2009  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula
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General Electric Co.
Us Navy - United States Navy
complement 334
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depth (m.) 3150 max. / -- min. (m)
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Pablobini21/11/2010USS Conolly (DD-979) , named for Admiral Richard Lansing Conolly USN , was a Spruance -class destroyer built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries at Pascagoula, Mississippi . Decommissioned on 18 September 1998 and laid up at Philadelphia Naval Intermediate Ship Maintenance Facility. Conolly was sunk as a target on 29 April 2009 as part of a joint fleet exercise. An effort to preserve her in Illinois failed recently after it lost the support of local politicians.

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Us Navy - United States Navy

John Paul Jones - An American Naval Hero and known as father of the American Navy.

John Paul was born in a gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He went to sea as a youth and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. After killing a mutinous sailor at Tobago he added 'Jones' to his name and began a new life in America. He volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy, and managed to obtain a lieutenant's commission in the Continental Navy.

He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the BONHOMME RICHARD over the HMS SERAPIS. After the BONHOMME RICHARD began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is now remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned.

In 1781 he returned to America and Congress passed a vote of thanks to him for the way he had sustained the honour of the American fleet and in 1787 awarded him a gold medal. He also received a gold sword and the Order of Military Merit from Louis XVI.

Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. He spent the remaining years of the war advising on the establishment of the navy and the training of naval officers.

In 1792 Jones was appointed U.S. Consul to Algiers, but in July of that year he died before the commission arrived. He was buried in Paris and his body lay in an alcohol filled coffin in an unmarked grave for over a century. In 1905 his remains were found and taken to the United States where, in 1913, they were finally laid to rest in a marble sarcophagus in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at Annapolis, Maryland

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 Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula
Ingalls Shipbuilding was developed by Ingalls Iron Works in 1939, on the east bank of the Pascagoula River. It was built in anticipation of the U.S. Maritime Commission's long-range shipbuilding program and its four ways were increased to six in the third wave of shipbuilding expansion, with $7mm from the USMC and $4mm from the Navy. The yard continued in operation after the war and was bought by Litton Industries in 1961. It was then significantly enlarged, with the aid of the State of Mississippi, creating what was called "The Shipyard of the Future" on the west bank of the river. Litton was bought by Northrop Grumman in 2001 and Ingalls was integrated with Avondale as Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. In 2008, Ship Systems was integrated with Newport News as Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. In March 2011, the yard was spun off, together with Newport News, as Huntington Ingalls Industries, with each yard taking back its old name. Visit the new company at

The earlier hull numbers were sequential, but were part of the series initiated by the parent company, Ingalls Iron Works, in Decatur AL. After the war there appears to be only one series for a while but the Pascagoula numbers relate to vessels built later than those built in Decatur. Pascagoula appears to have started its own sequential series in about 1955, although there are many gaps, which suggests that these numbers were also used for repairs, conversions and other contracts. Since about 1975, the hull numbers have run in disconnected series that loosely relate to the type of vessel.

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