The destroyer John Paul Jones, seen here during a 2008 exercise in the East China Sea, is one of three warships on the move this summer — it and the destroyer Preble will shift home ports from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, while the cruiser Lake Erie heads to San Diego for an overhaul. (MC3 Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong/Navy)
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Two San Diego-based destroyers are scheduled to shift their home ports to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, this summer to plus up basing there, Naval Surface Force Pacific said Tuesday.
The destroyer John Paul Jones will move to Hawaii to replace the cruiser Lake Erie, which is scheduled for an extended overhaul in San Diego.
And the destroyer Preble will head to Hawaii to replace the ex-frigate Reuben James, which was decommissioned in 2013.
The Lake Erie has served as the Navy’s missile defense test ship and has participated in exercises over the past 15 years that have helped develop the anti-ballistic missile radars and intercept missiles now fielded. John Paul Jones is a fitting replacement; the destroyer is outfitted with the fleet’s most advanced BMD system.
“John Paul Jones is currently the most technologically advanced ship within the BMD program and will be used in that capacity to support the Navy and Missile Defense Agency testing program,” SURFPAC said in the Tuesday news release.
When its overhaul is complete, Lake Erie is expected to stay in San Diego and to rotationally deploy on BMD patrols.