SAN DIEGO (NNS) – Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean J. Stackley, announced the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, PCU Rafael Peralta (DDG115), will be commissioned July 29, during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island.
Rafael Peralta is the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the third of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships. It is the first warship named for Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Rafael Peralta.
In fall of 2014, the keel of Rafael Peralta was laid down. The ship was christened October 31, 2015 during a ceremony at the Bath Iron Works facility in Bath, Maine, and then launched on November 1, 2015.
Arleigh Burke (DDG 51 class) class destroyers are multi-mission ships that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence to ballistic missile defense. These destroyers provide a wide range of warfighting capabilities in multi-threat air, surface, and subsurface environments. The ship's Integrated Air and Missile Defense radar will provide increased computing power and radar upgrades improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats, as well as ballistic missile defense.
Rafael Peralta will be stationed on Naval Base San Diego.
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