A new destroyer to be named for local war hero Rafael Peralta will be commissioned at Naval Air Station North Island on July 29, the Navy announced Wednesday.
Peralta, a Marine sergeant who grew up in San Diego, died at age 25 when he smothered a grenade in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004. He had been shot in the head moments earlier.
He was awarded the Navy Cross, prompting unsuccessful efforts by his family, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-El Cajon, and other lawmakers to secure the Medal of Honor instead.
The ship was christened in October 2015 at the Bath Iron Works facility in Maine, and launched the next day.
–City News Service
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