USS RAFAEL PERALTA DDG 115
The Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is the 65th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship is named in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during the second battle of Fallujah, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in Iraq, in November 2004.
September 26, 2011 General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, was awarded a $679,6 million fixed-price-incentive contract for DDG 115 construction.
October 30, 2014 The keel authentication ceremony for DDG 115 was held at the Bath Iron Works shipyard.
October 31, 2015 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Rafael Peralta was christened during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Rosa Maria Peralta, Sgt. Peralta's mother, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Brian A. Ribota is the prospective commanding officer.
November 1, PCU Rafael Peralta was launched for the first time from a floating dry-dock and moved to a pierside location at Bath Iron Works shipyard.
October 17, 2016 DDG 115 departed Bath Iron Works for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha) sea trials; Returned to shipyard on Oct. 18; Underway for Bravo trials from Nov. 14-17; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Dec. 15-16.