The U.S. Navy announced on Tuesday that USS John Paul Jones will swap homeports with USS Lake Erie this summer.
The USS Preble will also leave San Diego for Hawaii this summer to replace the decommissioned frigate USS Reuben James.
Moving the two guided-missile destroyers to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam will provide updated, advanced Aegis capabilities to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. It will also allow Lake Erie, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, to proceed to San Diego for a scheduled extended docking ship repair availability.
Lake Erie is expected to replace John Paul Jones as a rotational Ballistic Missile Defense deployer out of San Diego once the EDSRA is complete.
John Paul Jones and Preble are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that perform key roles in support of a carrier strike group, expeditionary strike group or surface action group. 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. Recently, the ship was updated with the latest Aegis BMD capability to engage ballistic missiles with the SM-3 missile.
USS Reuben James, the last remaining guided-missile frigate homeported in Hawaii, was decommissioned July 18, 2013 after nearly 30 years of distinguished naval service.