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The Navy commissioned its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115), during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony Saturday, July 29, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

Commissioning of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115)
Commissioning of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115)

The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) honors Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Peralta is credited with saving the lives of fellow Marines during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004.

General Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered the ceremony’s principal address. Ms. Rosa Maria Peralta, Sergeant Peralta’s mother, served as the ship’s sponsor.

«This commissioning memorializes the life of Sgt. Rafael Peralta and marks the beginning of what will be decades of exceptional service for this ship», said the Honorable Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the U.S. Navy. «During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sergeant Peralta acted heroically and sacrificed himself for his fellow Marines. He was proud to be an American, proud to be a Marine and we are proud to welcome USS Rafael Peralta to the fleet. I have no doubt the men and women who serve aboard Peralta will continue his legacy of service».

Rafael Peralta, the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. The USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) will be capable of engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare, including Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capabilities.

The ship will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

You could hear the BOOM of the 5-inch off the Southern California coast
You could hear the BOOM of the 5-inch off the Southern California coast

 

Ship Characteristics

Length Overall 510 feet/156 m
Beam – Waterline 59 feet/18 m
Draft 30.5 feet/9.3 m
Displacement – Full Load 9,217 tons/9,363 metric tons
Power Plant 4 General electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines; 2 shafts; 2 CRP (Contra-Rotating) propellers; 100,000 shaft horsepower/75,000 kW
Speed in excess of 30 knots/34.5 mph/55.5 km/h
Range 4,400 NM/8,149 km at 20 knots/23 mph/37 km/h
Crew 380 total: 32 Officers, 27 CPO (Chief Petty Officer), 321 OEM
Surveillance SPY-1D Phased Array Radar and Aegis Combat System (Lockheed Martin); SPS-73(V) Navigation; SPS-67(V)3 Surface Search; 3 SPG-62 Illuminator; SQQ-89(V)6 sonar incorporating SQS-53C hull mounted and SQR-19 towed array sonars used with Mark-116 Mod 7 ASW fire control system
Electronics/Countermeasures SLQ-32(V)3; Mark-53 Mod 0 Decoy System; Mark-234 Decoy System; SLQ-25A Torpedo Decoy; SLQ-39 Surface Decoy; URN-25 TACAN; UPX-29 IFF System; Kollmorgen Mark-46 Mod 1 Electro-Optical Director
Aircraft 2 embarked SH-60 helicopters ASW operations; RAST (Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse)
Armament 2 Mark-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) with 90 Standard, Vertical Launch ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rocket) & Tomahawk ASM (Air-to-Surface Missile)/LAM (Loitering Attack Missile); 5-in (127-mm)/54 (62) Mark-45 gun; 2 (1) CIWS (Close-In Weapon System); 2 Mark-32 triple 324-mm torpedo tubes for Mark-46 or Mark-50 ASW torpedos
Future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) arrives at her homeport for the first time in anticipation of commissioning scheduled for July 29. The 65th ship of its class, Peralta is classified as a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and is named for Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)
Future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) arrives at her homeport for the first time in anticipation of commissioning scheduled for July 29. The 65th ship of its class, Peralta is classified as a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer and is named for Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

 

Guided Missile Destroyers Lineup

 

Flight IIA: Restart

Ship Yard Launched Commissioned Homeport
DDG-113 John Finn HIIIS 03-28-15 07-15-17 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
DDG-114 Ralph Johnson HIIIS 12-12-15
DDG-115 Rafael Peralta GDBIW 10-31-15 07-29-2017 San Diego, California
USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) completed her birth shift to Naval Air Station North Island
USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) completed her birth shift to Naval Air Station North Island

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