Today, there was surprising news that another U.S. ship has collided in the Pacific. It collided with a Liberian flagged oil tanker ship, which weighs over 50,000 tons.
This is the second U.S. military ship that collided in the last few weeks. 10 people are missing, and 5 are injured so far.
How much does the USS John S. McCain cost? Read on…
The USS John McCain (DDG-56) is an Arleigh-Burke destroyer. The construction of the ship started in 1991, and it was officially launched in 1992.
It is named after current senator John McCain’s grandfather.
It spent many years in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq war. It was responsible for firing missiles to support the war.
It eventually moved to the Pacific. It has been there to prepare for a possible conflict with North Korea. It’s currently based in Yokosuja Japan, and it has a crew of over 300 people.
The USS John McCain is part of a larger class of DDG Arleigh Burke class destroyers. These destroyers are well known for their durability and ability to support Tomahawk missiles plus helicopters.
Destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class can range in price. However, they currently are being purchased by the U.S. military for around $750 million each.
Some of the earlier models of the Arleigh Burke class were up to $1.8 billion. This included around $1.1 billion for the actual first ship, and $700-800 million to outfit the ship with weapons.
The costs have since come down a bit, and the USS John S. Mccain cost is estimated at around $1.5 billion including both the ship and the weaponry.
The cost to repair the USS John S. McCain could range anywhere from a few tens of millions, into the low hundreds of millions, depending on the extent of the damage.