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Welcome Aboard!
Congratulations on your orders to USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56)! Named in honor of Admiral John S. McCain Sr. and Admiral John S. McCain Jr., this Arleigh Burke Class, Aegis destroyer is the third commissioned warship to carry the name “JOHN S. McCAIN”. Our officers and crew take great pride and stewardship of JOHN S. McCAIN’s superior reputation. Your assignment to USS JOHN S McCAIN (DDG 56) will hopefully be one of the most challenging and rewarding tours of your naval career. We look forward to you joining the Big Bad John team!

Orders to USS JOHN S McCAIN (DDG 56)
When USS JOHN S McCAIN (DDG 56) receives your orders, you will be assigned a sponsor who will contact you and send you a welcome aboard package. Your sponsor will assist you with everything needed to make your transition to JSM as smooth as possible. Sometimes, because you are in the middle of a move, attending school, or are out of the country, your sponsor may be unable to contact you. To expedite the sponsor assignment process, you can e-mail our sponsor coordinator at as soon as you receive your orders. Be sure to include your name, rate, rank, estimated date of arrival, a mailing address for your welcome aboard package, and any other applicable contact information. The more info you provide us with, the easier it will be to ensure we get you all the info you are looking for!

Directions Reporting to USS JOHN S McCAIN (DDG 56) will be easy! Naval Station Everett is located approximately 45 minutes north of Seattle, and about 1 hour north of Sea-Tac International Airport. If driving, follow Interstate 5 North to exit 192, Naval Station/Port of Everett. Look for Pacific Avenue and turn left, then turn right onto West Marine View Drive. Follow the green road signs to Naval Station Everett, on the left.

For access to base, you must have a valid military ID. To drive on base, your car must be registered with the Department of Defense. If you need DOD stickers, stop by the Naval Station Quarterdeck, to the right of the main gate. You will need a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and a military ID to register.

For those who are not driving, public transportation is also available, and usually costs about $50 for a ride from the airport to Naval Station Everett. To avoid travel costs, be sure to ask your sponsor to arrange to have the command pick you up.

Appropriate Uniform
You should report in the seasonal dress uniform, or service dress blues. USS JOHN S McCAIN (DDG 56) usually changes from blues to whites in April and from whites to blues in October.

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