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.
February 3, 2017 U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the PCU Rafael Peralta during a short ceremony on board the ship at Bath Iron Works shipyard.
April 28, The Rafael Peralta departed Bath, Maine, for the last time en route to its homeport of San Diego, California; Moored at Pier 2S on Naval Station Newport, R.I., from April 29- May 3; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 9 in Naval Station Norfolk from May 5-30; Anchored off Colon, Panama, for a brief stop on June 12.
June 13, DDG 115 moored at Pier 1N on Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base, early Tuesday morning, for a routine port call after transited the Panama Canal.
June 22, The Rafael Peralta recently anchored off the coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a liberty port visit.
June 30, PCU Rafael Peralta moored at Berth 1, Pier 3 in its homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for the first time; Moved to Berth 2, Pier 2 on July ?.
July 21, PCU Rafael Peralta moored at Berth M/N, Carrier Wharf on Naval Air Station North Island in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
July 29, USS Rafael Peralta was commissioned during a 10 a.m. PDT ceremony at NAS North Island in San Diego, Calif.
August 1, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Air Station North Island for a brief "Tiger Cruise" off the coast of San Diego before moored at Berth 1, Pier 3.
August 30, USS Rafael Peralta moored at Berth 1, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego after underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again from Sept. 5-8.
September 12, The Rafael Peralta moored at Berth 5, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego after a one-day underway for burials at sea; Underway again from Oct. 2-5 and Oct. 10.
October 13, USS Rafael Peralta moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway for Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT) at the Point Mugu Test Range; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 8 for a brief stop on Oct. 16; Returned home on Oct. 19; Underway again on Oct. 24.
October 26, DDG 115 moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop before returned home; Underway again from Oct. 30- Nov. 2.
November 21, The Rafael Peralta moored at Berth 1, Pier 7 on Naval Base San Diego after a four-day underway off the coast of southern California.
January 16, 2018 USS Rafael Peralta departed homeport for CSSQT at the Point Mugu Test Range; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on Jan. 23; Moored at Wharf 311 on Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., for ammo offload from Jan. 29- Feb. 1; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 13 on Feb. 1; Moved "dead-stick" to BAE Systems shipyard on Feb. 26.
April 6, Cmdr. Aaron P. DeMeyer relieved Cmdr. Brian A. Ribota as CO of the Rafael Peralta during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Midway Museum.