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May 20, 2022

US Navy to name future DDG 139 destroyer as Telesforo Trinidad

The ship’s namesake was the only Filipino in US Navy to receive Medal of Honour.

US Navy Secretary (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro has revealed the name of future Arleigh Burke-class Flight III guided-missile destroyer, DDG 139.

The vessel will be named Telesforo Trinidad after US Navy’s former Fireman 2nd Class Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad.

Del Toro said: “My first time learning about Petty Officer Trinidad’s story was as a midshipman at the Naval Academy and since being sworn in as Secretary, I have wanted to honour his heroic actions by naming a ship after him.

“This ship and her future crew will be a critical piece in strengthening our maritime superiority while also emphasising the rich culture and history of our naval heritage.”

The ship’s namesake was born in Aklan Province, Panay, Philippine Islands on 25 November 1890.

Trinidad is the only Filipino in the US Navy to receive the Medal of Honour for bravery.

In 1915, he saved his two shipmates risking his own life while serving aboard USS San Diego (ACR 6), during a boiler explosion.

Surviving the ordeal, Trinidad passed away on 8 May 1968 at the age of 77 in Imus, Cavite, the Republic of Philippines.

The multi-mission US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers can perform wide range of operations including multi-threat air, subsurface and surface warfare capabilities, national security and peacetime presence.

Currently, five Flight III destroyers are under different construction stage and nine ships, including DDG 139, are under contract phase.

Construction on the first Flight III ship, DDG 125, started in 2019, while the second ship, DDG 126, started fabrication in 2020 at General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works.

Recently, the US Navy commissioned the future Arleigh Burke-class USS Frank E Petersen Jr (DDG 121) into the service.

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