US Navy christens three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile vessels

24 September 2013 (Last Updated September 24th, 2013 18:30)

The US Navy’s three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113), USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) have been christened during a ceremony held at Naval Base San Diego, US.

US Navy offical during naming ceremony of next three destroyers

The US Navy's three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS John Finn (DDG 113), USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) have been christened during a ceremony held at Naval Base San Diego, US.

The Arleigh Burke-class vessels will be deployed to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.

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

DDG 114 has been named to honour Marine Corps Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who posthumously received Medal of Honour for shouting a warning to fellow marines and hurling himself on an explosive device.

"These three men are examples of the service, sacrifice, dedication and the heroism it took to be that anchor from World War II to Vietnam to Iraq."

Marine Corps Staff sergeant Rafael Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for protecting fellow marines by selflessly covering a grenade during a blast during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, lieutenant general John Toolan said that the vessels will perform variety of missions, ranging from peace time presence and crisis management, to sea control and power projection.

"These three men are examples of the service, sacrifice, dedication and the heroism it took to be that anchor from World War II to Vietnam to Iraq," Toolan added.

Capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, the three ships will feature a range of offensive and defensive weapons to support maritime warfare while enabling the US Navy to conduct the defence strategy of the US Department of Defense (DoD).


Image: US Navy official during ships naming ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.

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