USS RALPH JOHNSON DDG 114
The Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship is named in honor of Marine Ralph H. Johnson, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for shielding two fellow Marines from a grenade in March 1968 during the Vietnam War.
September 26, 2011 Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $697,6 million fixed-price-incentive contract for DDG 114 construction.
September 23, 2014 The keel authentication ceremony for DDG 114 was held at Ingalls Operations shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.
December 12, 2015 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Ralph Johnson was launched from a floating dry-dock and moored at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf.
April 2, 2016 PCU Ralph Johnson was christened during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls West Bank in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mrs. Georgeann B. McRaven, the wife of Adm. William H. McRaven (Ret.), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Jason P. Patterson is the prospective commanding officer.
July 17, 2017 The Ralph Johnson departed Ingalls shipyard, for the first time, for a three-day underway to conduct combined Alpha/Bravo Builder's trials; Underway again from Sept. 13-14; Day-long underway for acceptance trials on Sept. 25.
October 27, Huntington Ingalls Inc. was awarded a $9,9 million order against a previously awarded agreement (N00024-16-G-2303) to provide program management, advanced planning, engineering, design, material procurement/kitting, liaison, scheduling, and participation in planning conferences and design reviews in support of the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) for DDG 114. Work is expected to be completed by January 2019.
November 15, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the PCU Ralph Johnson during a short ceremony on board the ship at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf.
December 4, About 300 crew members began the Crew Move Aboard (CMA) process and enjoyed their first meal aboard the Ralph Johnson; Moved to Ingalls West Bank Yard East Wharf on Jan. 24.
March 9, 2018 PCU Ralph Johnson departed Pascagoula, Miss., for the last time en route to Charleston, South Carolina; Moored at Wharf B2 in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from March 12-16; Underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area from March 16-18.
March 19, The Ralph Johnson moored at Berth 1, Columbus Street Terminal in Port of Charleston for a week-long visit in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
March 24, USS Ralph Johnson was commissioned during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony in Port of Charleston, S.C.
March 29, The Ralph Johnson moored at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief stop to refuel; Moored at James Bond Pier in Port of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, from March 30- April 2; Anchored off Colon, Panama, for a brief stop on April 4.
April 5, DDG 114 moored at Pier 2N on Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, at 1.30 a.m. local time, for a brief stop to refuel after transited the Panama Canal; Moored at Cruise Pier in Port of Manzanillo, Mexico, from April 10-13.
April 16, USS Ralph Johnson moored at Berth 5, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego for a two-day port call; Moored at Navy Fuel Farm (NFF) on Naval Base Point Loma for a brief stop to refuel before underway on April 18; Moored at Berth 5, Pier 3 again from April 19-23.