EVERETT  – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain (DDG 56) has been assigned to a new homeport at Naval Station Everett and is scheduled to arrive on Friday, Oct. 15. The ship was previously forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan for the past 24 years.

About the USS John S McCain: This ship was originally named after John S. McCain, Sr., and John S. McCain, Jr., both admirals in the United States Navy. John S. McCain, Sr., commanded the aircraft carrier USS Ranger, and later the Fast Carrier Task Force during the latter stages of World War II. John S. McCain, Jr., commanded the submarines USS Gunnel and USS Dentuda during World War II. He subsequently held a number of posts, rising to commander-in-chief of the United States Pacific Command, before retiring in 1972. These men were, respectively, the grandfather and father of Vietnam War Navy captain and later Senator John S. McCain III. On July 11, 2018, barely two months before he died, Senator John McCain was added as a namesake, along with his father and grandfather.

The ship’s nickname is “Big Bad John”, and has the motto “Fortune Favors the Brave.”

Tom Lafferty is the Sports Director at KRKO/KKXA Radio. He is a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame; the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame; the recipient of the Dave Duvall Award from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District One and the Joe Martin Award for Service to baseball's Northwest League. Tom Lafferty & Steve Willits are co-hosts of Prep Sports Weekly, Mondays at 7 pm on KRKO.