Rafael Peralta Cruises Through Acceptance Trials; Navy Prepares to Take Delivery
BATH, Maine —The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) returned to the Bath Iron Works shipyard Dec. 16 after successfully completing a nearly week-long series of demonstrations for Navy reviewers, the shipyard’s owner, General Dynamics, announced in a Jan. 4 release. Based on the performance during the sea trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey recommended DDG 115 join the U.S. Navy fleet.
DDG 115 is the first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built by Bath Iron Works after a four-year break in the Navy’s DDG 51 program and demonstrates the versatility and craftsmanship of the shipyard’s workers.
“The ship looked great and performed well. It’s a ship Bath Iron Works can be proud of,” said Dirk Lesko, president of Bath Iron Works.
The Navy will take delivery in February and the ship will depart Bath later this spring. She joins the other 34 active Bath-built DDG 51’s in active service, including DDG 51 itself, USS Arleigh Burke.
DDG 115 is named for Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta who was killed in Iraq in the second battle of Fallujah, falling on an enemy grenade thereby shielding other members of his squad from the blast. He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
There currently are three other DDG 51 destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works: Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120).