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1/2/2018
2017 COMMISSIONINGS and CHRISTENINGS

COMMISSIONINGS
Commissioning ceremonies are public events during which the ship, having been crewed and taken through sea trials, is commissioned into active service.  This ceremony completes the cycle from the ship's christening and launching to its recognition as a United States Navy ship. The ceremony concludes with the formal transfer of the ship to the prospective commanding officer who then orders the national ensign hoisted, the commissioning pennant broken and sets the first watch set to complete the ships pre-commissioning unit to an active duty United States Ship (USS).

Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10)
12JUN17 Galveston, TX
USS Gabrielle Giffords is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth littoral combat ship delivered to the Navy and the fifth LCS of the Independence variant.

John Finn (DDG 113)
5JUL17 Pearl Harbor, HI
USS John Finn is the 63rd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the first of her class commissioned since USS Michael Murphy joined the fleet Oct. 6, 2012. John Finn will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. John Finn will be capable of engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare, including Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capabilities.

Rafael Peralta (DDG 115)
29JUL17 San Diego
USS Rafael Peralta is the third of 11 ships awarded as part of the DDG 51 program restart. The DDG 51 class provides outstanding combat capability and survivability characteristics while minimizing procurement and lifetime support costs, due to the program's maturity.

 

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Little Rock (LCS 9)
16DEC17 Buffalo, NY
The keel of USS Little Rock laid down June 27, 2013. LCS 9 was christened and launched July 18 during a ceremony in Marinette, Wisconsin. Janée L. Bonner, spouse of the Honorable Josiah “Jo” Bonner, former U.S. representative of Alabama, is the ship’s sponsor. At 3400-tons, LCS 9 is 388 feet in length, has a beam of 57 feet, and can operate at more than 40 knots.

CHRISTENINGS
The tradition of christening a ship is believed to bring good luck and safe travel to the vessel. During the christening ceremony, the ship's sponsor breaks a bottle of champagne against the bow while naming the ship out loud just before the ship enters the water for the first time. Christened ships still have many sea trials, equipment outfitting and testing to go through before commissioning.

Tulsa (LCS 16)
11FEB17 Mobile, AL
The future USS Tulsa is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. An Independence-class variant of the LCS, Tulsa is noted for its unique hull, ability to operate at high speeds, and large flight deck size.

Thomas Hudner (DDG 116)
01APR17 Bath, ME
The future USS Thomas Hudner will be the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the fourth of 14 ships currently under contract for the DDG 51 program. The DDG 51 class provides advanced combat capability and survivability characteristics while minimizing procurement and lifetime support costs due to the program's maturity.

Billings (LCS 15)
01JUL17 Marinette, WI
The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service. Each LCS is outfitted with a single mission package made up of mission modules containing warfighting systems and support equipment. A dedicated ship crew will combine with aviation assets to deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare or surface warfare missions.

Charleston (LCS 18)
26AUG17 Mobile, AL
The future USS Charleston is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft. Charleston is an Independence-class variant LCS.

Tripoli (LHA 7)
16SEP17 Pascagoula, MS
Along with its pioneering aviation element, LHA 7 will incorporate a gas turbine propulsion plant, zonal electrical distribution, and fuel efficient electric auxiliary propulsion systems first installed on USS Makin Island (LHD 8). LHA 7 will be 844 feet in length, have a displacement of approximately 45,000 long tons and be capable of operating at speeds of over 20 knots.

Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)
04NOV17 Pascagoula, MS
The future Delbert D. Black will be equipped with the Navy's Aegis Combat System, the world's foremost integrated naval weapon system. The ship will also incorporate Cooperative Engagement Capability that when combined with the Aegis Combat System, will permit groups of ships and aircraft to link radars to provide a composite picture of the battle space-effectively. Surface Warfare Magazine

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