Photo Release -- Ingalls Shipbuilding Starts Fabrication on 30th DDG 51
Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) has started fabrication of the U.S. Navy's next Aegis
guided missile destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The ship will be the 30^th
Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer built at the company's Ingalls
DDG 114 Start Fab
Georgeann McRaven (foreground),
ship's sponsor for the destroyer
Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), pressed the
button that started the steel-cutting
machine, signifying start of
fabrication on Ingalls
Shipbuilding's 30th destroyer.
Observing the shipbuilding milestone
were (left to right) Capt. Steve
Mitchell, supervisor of shipbuilding,
Gulf Coast; George Nungesser,
Ingalls' DDG 51 program manager;
Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S
Special Operations Command; Capt. Mark
Vandroff, program manager of the
Navy's DDG 51 Shipbuilding Program;
and Bob Merchent, Ingalls' vice
president, surface combatants and U.S.
Coast Guard programs. Photo by Steve
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"The DDG 51 program continues to be a model of success for our company," said
DDG 51 Program Manager George Nungesser. "We have talented, experienced
shipbuilders working on this program, and they have provided excellent quality
on Aegis destroyers since the program's inception."
The start-of-fabrication milestone signifies that 100 tons of steel have been
cut for DDG 114. Ingalls uses state-of-the-art robotic cutting machines to
ensure the steel is cut and fabricated to exact Navy specifications. Ralph
Johnson is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2017.
Georgeann McRaven, the ship's sponsor, visited Ingalls to observe a special
start-of-fabrication ceremony. She is wife of U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven,
commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.
"It was just fantastic, and I learned so much about shipbuilding," Mrs.
McRaven said. "It was nice to meet so many shipbuilders. They're all so
dedicated to their jobs and proud of what they do. I feel like they're serving
in the military as well because they're building great ships for us."
DDG 114 is named to honor U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who was
awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions that saved others during the
Vietnam War. Johnson shouted a warning to his fellow Marines and hurled
himself on an explosive device, saving the life of one Marine and preventing
the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol's perimeter. Johnson died
instantly. The Charleston, S.C., native had only been in Vietnam for two
months and a few days when he was killed, at the age of 20.
On April 20, 1970, President Richard M. Nixon posthumously awarded the Medal
of Honor, the highest recognition and honor a member of the United States
military can receive. On Sept. 5, 1991, 23 years after his heroic act, the
Veterans Hospital in Charleston was renamed the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans
Ingalls is also building the destroyer John Finn (DDG 113). Construction began
last September, and its keel laying is set for Nov. 4. John Finn is expected
to be delivered to the Navy in the later part of 2016.
On June 3, Ingalls was awarded a $3.3 billion multi-year construction contract
to build five more DDG 51 destroyers, ensuring Ingalls will build DDGs for the
next decade. Upon delivery of the FY17 DDG, Ingalls will have built 35 of the
To date, Ingalls has delivered 28 DDG 51 ships to the U.S. Navy. This highly
capable, multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations, from
peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection,
all in support of the United States' military strategy. DDGs are capable of
simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains
myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense
needs well into the 21st century.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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