USS PAUL IGNATIUS DDG 117
The Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) is the 67th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius who served as U.S. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969.
October 20, 2015 The keel authentication ceremony for DDG 117 was held at Ingalls Operations shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.
November 12, 2016 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Paul Ignatius was launched from a floating dry-dock and moored at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf.
April 8, 2017 PCU Paul Ignatius was christened during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Ingalls West Bank in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Nancy Ignatius, the wife of the ship's namesake, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Robby D. Trotter is the prospective commanding officer.
October 18, 2018 The Paul Ignatius returned to Ingalls West Bank after underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha) trials; Underway for Bravo trials from Dec. 3-5; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Dec. 19-20.
February 22, 2019 U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Paul Ignatius, during a short ceremony on board the ship, at Ingalls West Bank Yard East Wharf.
April 18, BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair was awarded a $23,9 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-19-C-2317) for the USS Paul Ignatius' Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed by May 2020.
June 7, PCU Paul Ignatius departed Bath, Maine, for the last time en route to its homeport of Mayport, Florida; Moored at Wharf C1 in Naval Station Mayport on June 13; Moved to Wharf D1, outboard the USS Farragut (DDG 99), on June 17; Underway on June 21.
June 24, The Paul Ignatius moored at Berth 4, Pier 9 on Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled port call; Returned home on June 29; Underway again on July 21.
July 22, DDG 117 moored at Berth 4, Pier 4 in Port Everglades, Fla., for a week-long port visit in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
July 27, USS Paul Ignatius was commissioned during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Port Everglades.
July 31, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Wharf D1 on Naval Station Mayport; Moved to Wharf C1 on Aug. 26; Moved back to Wharf D1 on Aug. 29; Emergency sortied due to approaching Hurricane Dorian on Aug. 30; Moored at Wharf C2, outboard the USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), on Sept. 6; Moved to Wharf B1 on Sept. 13; Underway again from Sept. 20-25.
October 11, USS Paul Ignatius departed homeport for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range, off Andros Island, Bahamas; Transited southbound, off the east coast of Great Abaco Island, on Oct. 12; Moored at Wharf B1 for a brief stop on Oct. 17.
October 19, The Paul Ignatius participated in a missile exercise (MISSILEX), while underway off the coast of Wallops Island, Virginia; Moored at Wharf C2 on Oct. 21; Moved to Wharf A2 on Oct. 24; Underway again from Nov. 5-6, Dec. ?-11 and Dec. 18-19.
January 14, 2020 USS Paul Ignatius moved from Alpha Wharf to Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport to offload ammo; Moved back to Wharf A2 on Jan. 15.
February 7, Cmdr. Lennard D. Cannon relieved Cmdr. Robby D. Trotter as CO of the DDG 117 during a change-of-command ceremony on Naval Station Mayport.