Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) to the U.S. Navy throughout a signing ceremony held on Tuesday, November 30. This milestone formally transfers custody from HII to the U.S. Navy. DDG 121 is known as for Frank E. Petersen Jr., who was the U.S. Marine Corps’ first African-American aviator and basic officer. After coming into the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1950, Petersen would go on to fly greater than 350 fight missions in the course of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Supply of DDG 121 marked the thirty third destroyer Ingalls has constructed for Navy, with 4 extra at present underneath development, together with Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), Ted Stevens (DDG 128) and Jeremiah Denton (DDG 12).

“I’m once more very happy with our DDG staff right this moment,” stated Kari Wilkinson, Ingalls Shipbuilding president. “Not solely have they accomplished one other main program milestone, however they’ve executed so within the face of a pandemic. This staff, and all of our shipbuilders throughout our whole portfolio, are what shipbuilding is all about.”


Signing ceremonial paperwork declaring supply of Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) from Ingalls Shipbuilding to the U.S. Navy are, from left, Navy Cmdr. Daniel Hancock, potential commanding officer DDG 121; Billy Oaks, superintendent, Aegis Fight System, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Gulf Coast; and Donny Dorsey, Ingalls DDG 121 ship program supervisor. Within the background are Cmdr. Sean Doherty, left, DDG program supervisor’s consultant; and Chief Petty Officer Yamina Bolar, DDG 121 chief Aegis fireplace controlman.

The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer constructed across the Aegis Fight System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The category is known as for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World Struggle II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The lead ship, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned throughout Admiral Burke’s lifetime. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are extremely succesful, multi-mission ships and might conduct a wide range of operations, from peacetime presence and disaster administration to sea management and energy projection, all in help of the USA army technique. Guided missile destroyers are able to concurrently combating air, floor and subsurface battles. The ship incorporates myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to help maritime protection wants properly into the twenty first century.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest army shipbuilding firm and a supplier {of professional} companies to companions in authorities and trade. For greater than a century, HII’s Newport Information and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have constructed extra ships in additional ship courses than every other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Options division supplies mission-critical nationwide safety options to authorities and business prospects worldwide. Headquartered in Newport Information, Virginia, HII employs over 44,000 individuals working each domestically and internationally.