While Naval Station Everett welcomed the USS John Paul Jones to Everett on August 23, 2021; Wednesday, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) departed Naval Station Everett to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan.

The USS Ralph Johnson will forward deploy to Japan to replace the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) that is scheduled for overhaul maintenance.  The move involves the relocation of the ship’s crew of approximately 300 sailors and their family members. USS Ralph Johnson arrived in Everett as a newly commissioned ship in April 2018.

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, Thursdays at 7 pm on KRKO.