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USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115)
Name: Rafael Peralta (DDG-115)
Namesake: Rafael Peralta
Ordered: 26 September 2011
Builder: Bath Iron Works
General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) will be an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The $679.6 million contract to build her was awarded on 26 September 2011 to Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine.[1][2] On 15 February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the ship's named to be Rafael Peralta in honor of Marine Rafael Peralta, who was petitioned for the Medal of Honor for shielding several Marines from a grenade in November 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom; however, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross instead after doubts regarding the exact sequence of events prior to his death was raised.[3][4]

Rafael Peralta will be the 65th ship of the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers, the first of which, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), was commissioned in July 1991.[5] With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any U.S. Navy surface combatant.[6] As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, Rafael Peralta's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations.[7] During it long production run, the class was built in three flights—Flight I (DDG-51–DDG-71), Flight II (DDG-72–DDG-78), and Flight IIA (DDG-79– ).[8] Rafael Peralta will be a Flight IIA ship, and as such, will feature several improvements in terms of ballistic missile defence, an embarked air wing, and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability.[7]


  1. "No Name (DDG 115)". Naval Vessel Register. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  2. "DDG 51 Class Ship Construction Contract Awards Announced" (PDF). Naval Sea Systems Command. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  3. "Navy Names Five New Ships". U.S. Navy. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. Cavas P., Christopher (15 February 2012). "Five New U.S. Navy Ship Names Announced". Gannett Government Media. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  5. "USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)". Naval Vessel Register. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  6. Sharp, David (31 December 2009). "After 2-plus decades, Navy destroyer breaks record". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis), United States of America". Net Resources International. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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