Navy to Christen Destroyer Frank E Petersen Jr

October 4, 2018 – The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) Saturday, Oct. 6, during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. is the first ship named in honor of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps officer promoted to brigadier general. When he retired in 1988 after 38 years of service, he was,…

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Frank E. Petersen (DDG 121) Launched in Pascagoula

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division successfully launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) July 13th. “This is the one of the most significant milestones in the life of any ship,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Our shipbuilders implement such an organized launch plan, and they have once again executed it in a quality manner. We are proud to have DDG 121 one step closer to completion and look forward to presenting this invaluable asset to the Navy fleet in the…

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Keel Laid for Future USS Frank E Petersen Jr

February 21, 2017 – The keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. (DDG 121) was ceremoniously laid Feb. 21 at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard. Although official construction of DDG 121 began April 2016, the keel laying symbolically recognizes the ceremonial beginning of the ship. The keel was said to be “fairly and truly laid” and was authenticated by D’Arcy Neller, the ship’s sponsor, and Donald Brabston, a master Ingalls shipbuilder. “The keel laying is the symbolic first step in shaping our nation’s newest destroyer,” said Capt. Casey Moton,…

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