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.