Ingalls Shipbuilding to christen guided missile destroyer as John Finn

30 April 2015 (Last Updated April 30th, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer will be christened as John Finn (DDG 113) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipyard on 2 May.

The US Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided missile destroyer will be christened as John Finn (DDG 113) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipyard on 2 May.

The vessel has been named after retired lieutenant John Finn, who received the Medal of Honour for demonstrating 'magnificent courage in the face of almost certain death' during a Japanese attack on military installations in Hawaii.

Master chief petty officer of the navy Mike Stevens said: "I often speak to the members of the chief petty officer mess about the characteristics of a leader, and more specifically the characteristics I expect to see in my chiefs."

"I tell them that a model chief petty officer is a quiet, humble, servant leader. I believe with all my heart that John Finn exemplified all of these traits through his heroic actions on that day."

"A model chief petty officer is a quiet, humble, servant leader. I believe with all my heart that John Finn exemplified all of these traits."

The ship is the 63rd DDG 51 destroyer, which was keel laid in November 2013, and is the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.

The vessel, scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2016, will provide anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface capabilities for the US Navy.

Equipped with the Aegis combat system and the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are developed for supporting carrier battle, surface action, amphibious and replenishment groups.

To date, Ingalls Shipbuilding Ralph has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the navy and is currently constructing Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) and Delbert D Black (DDG 119) destroyers .