A new guided-missile destroyer named for San Diego Marine Rafael Peralta has successfully completed acceptance trials after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine.
The future USS Rafael Peralta will be the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. It will arrive in its homeport of San Diego in 2017.
“DDG 115 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials and throughout the test and trials period,” said Capt. Casey Moton, program manager. “This ship is another example of the excellent work performed by our Navy, waterfront, and industry teams.”
“As we continue with serial production of the Arleigh Burke class, I look forward to delivering more of these world-class ships to the fleet,” he added.
Peralta, who was born in Mexico City and raised in San Diego, joined the Marines after graduating from Morse High School. He is credited with saving the lives of fellow Marines by pulling a live grenade under his body during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004.
The new ship is equipped with the sophisticated Aegis radar system and armed with 96 vertically launched guided missiles, a 5″ gun, torpedoes and two helicopters. Some of the missiles it carries are capable to shooting down intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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