During the first underway following the one-year
anniversary, USS RAFAEL PERALTA proudly flew a customized flag to honor Sgt.
Rafael Peralta (IMG_Ship in Harbor). The
flag is red to represent the service he proudly served in, the United States
Marine Corps. The flag has the term
"LAVA DOGS" displayed, which is the nickname for the 1st Battalion,
3rd Division Marines, the unit to which Sgt. Peralta was attached. The crew onboard the ship has also taken on
that nickname. Most of the flag is taken up by a large Aztec war eagle, which
is the same eagle that is on the ship's crest.
Sgt. Peralta often referred to himself as a "war eagle," and
it also represents his Aztec heritage (IMG_Ship with Flag). This ship will continue to fly this flag in
remembrance of a true American hero.