USS DELBERT D. BLACK DDG 119
The Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) is the 69th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the first ship in the United States Navy named in honor of Delbert D. Black (1922-2000), the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).
June 1, 2016 The keel authentication ceremony for DDG 119 was held at Ingalls Operations shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.
September 8, 2017 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Delbert D. Black was launched from a floating dry-dock and moored at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf.
November 4, PCU Delbert D. Black was christened during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls West Bank in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mrs. Ima J. Black, wife of the ship's namesake, served as sponsor of the ship.
March 29, 2019 A heavy lift ship M/V Hawk, delivering a floating dry-dock from Qingdao, China, to Ingalls Shipbuilding, made a contact with a test barge berthed alongside the PCU Delbert D. Black, at approximately 10.13 a.m. CDT, while moored at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf. There were minor injuries treated at the scene by Ingalls’ medical personnel and the guided-missile destroyer suffered light damage to its starboard side.
December 13, The Delbert D. Black returned to Ingalls West Bank after underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha) trials; Underway for Bravo trials from Feb. 19-21; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from March 11-12.
April 24, 2020 U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Delbert D. Black, during a short ceremony on board the ship, at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf.
June 5, PCU Delbert D. Black moved from Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf to a pierside location on East Bank Yard.
June 15, BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair was awarded a $20,4 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-19-C-2317) for the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) of DDG 119. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and is expected to be completed by July 2021.