US Navy to commission Arleigh Burke-class destroyer DDG 121 this week

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The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Frank E Petersen Jr (DDG 121), will be officially commissioned this week.

A ceremony marking the ship’s commissioning will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on May 14.

Last month, the ship already left the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Mississippi, USA.

After the commissioning event, the USS Frank E Petersen Jr will sail to its homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

Named after the first black aviator and former US Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant General Frank E Petersen Jr, the ship was built by HII Ingalls Shipbuilding Division.

The ship’s crew includes Commanding Officer Daniel Hancock and 32 officers, along with 297 enlisted personnel.

The 510-foot-long Flight IIA destroyer DDG 121 has a beam of 59 feet and a sailing draft of 33 feet, with four General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines providing her with maximum speed of 30 kt.

The US Navy‘s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission ships that can perform a range of operations, including maritime security, peacetime presence and have multi-threat combat capabilities surface, aerial and underground.

Ships can respond to coastal and littoral warfare situations at sea as well as conflict on the high seas.

Ships can also operate both independently, as well as as part of Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs), Surface Action Groups (SAGs), and Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs).

HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division also builds other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, including Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Ted Stevens (DDG 128), and Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129).

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