The future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) was launched on 12th December 2015. The ship was translated from the land level facility to the drydock which was slowly flooded until the ship was afloat.
- This will be equipped with Aegis Baseline 9 which incorporates Integrated Air and Missile Defense and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities.
- The system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower and increased electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air Warfare.
- This will be the 64th Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyer.
The ship is named after the Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War.
Watch a time-lapse video of the translation and launch of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer over three days in December 2015.
Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, said, “This is an exciting milestone and represents a significant amount of effort by our Navy and industry team to get the ship to this point.”
Source: Huntington Ingalls