US Navy to christen Arleigh-Burke class destroyer DDG 122 John Basilone

17 August 2016 (Last Updated August 17th, 2016 18:30)

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the newest Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 122, will be christened as John Basilone.

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the newest Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 122, will be christened as John Basilone.

The vessel will be named after US Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, who was awarded a Medal of Honour in recognition of his service during the Battle of Guadalcanal. John Basilone was also awarded the Navy Cross in World War II.

Mabus said: "It is a great honour to name this ship in recognition of John Basilone.

"I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry on the legacy of service and commitment exemplified by this Marine Corps hero."

"I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry on the legacy of service and commitment exemplified by this Marine Corps hero."

The DDG 122 destroyer will be the second to be named after Basilone. The first vessel was a Gearing-class destroyer, USS Basilone (DD/DDE-824), that was decommissioned in 1977.

Under a $610m contract modification awarded by the US Navy, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works was given the responsibility to construct the DDG 122 destroyer.

Expected to enter into service in 2022, the 509ft-long vessel has a beam length of 59ft and can operate at a speed of more than 30k.

The Arleigh-Burke class destroyers can be deployed on missions that range from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection.

The DDG 122 destroyer will be equipped with a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems to enable the vessel to engage in maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defence, and vertical launch capabilities.


Image: John Basilone was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1943. Photo: courtesy of US Marine Corps (1943).