PASCAGOULA, Mississippi—The future guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) completed builder’s trials July 20 and returned to Pascagoula after four days under way in the Gulf of Mexico.
With representatives from Huntington Ingalls Industries, Gulf Coast Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Ralph Johnson pre-commissioning unit on board, the ship completed 155 separate events to test its equipment and systems at sea for the first time.
Ralph Johnson is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System, incorporating ballistic missile defense capabilities, and is also outfitted with the newest underwater weapons, tomahawk missile strike, and navigation systems available, and will bring the Navy’s latest warfighting capabilities to the fleet after it is commissioned.
“The ship performed extremely well during trials,” said Cmdr. Jason Patterson, Ralph Johnson’s prospective commanding officer. “Her accomplishments under way are a testament to the craftsmanship of Ingalls Shipbuilding, the work of the DDG 51 Class Program Executive Office, and the motivation of the ship’s crew. We look forward to taking delivery of the ship after acceptance trials.”
The ship returned to Pascagoula after successfully demonstrating live firings of a Standard Missile, the 5-Inch gun, chaff rockets, and the Phalanx weapon system, as well as numerous engineering, navigation, and communication systems.
The Navy is projected to take custody of the ship in October. She will be the 67th Arleigh Burke class destroyer and the second of the DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyers to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding.