SAN DIEGO – The Navy announced today the future guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is scheduled to be homeported at Naval Station Everett following its projected commissioning in 2017.
Ralph Johnson is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
The U.S. Navy continually monitors force readiness and ability to provide a maritime force that protects and defends U.S. national security interests. Stationing guided missile destroyers in a West Coast port supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater. By 2020, approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based in the region.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW). As multi-mission platforms they are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. The destroyer's armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). Additionally, they perform key roles in support of carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups, and surface action groups.
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