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.
September 4, PCU Delbert D. Black departed Pascagoula, Miss., for the last time en route to its homeport of Mayport, Florida; Moored at Wharf D1 in Naval Station Mayport on Sept. 8; Underway again on Sept. 23.
September 23, The Delbert D. Black moored at Cruise Terminal (CT) 1 in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a three-day visit in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
September 26, USS Delbert D. Black was commissioned during a private 10 a.m. EDT ceremony in Port Canaveral.
September 28, The Delbert D. Black moored at Berth 5, Pier 7 on Naval Station Norfolk for a three-day port call; Moored at Wharf D1 in Naval Station Mayport on Oct. 16; Moved to Wharf F1 on Oct. 23; Brief underway on Nov. 4; Moved to Wharf B3 on Nov. 5.
November 16, DDG 119 moored at Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport after a brief underway off the coast of Jacksonville; Underway again on Nov. 20; Moored at Wharf A2 on Nov. 21.
December 14, USS Delbert D. Black moored at Wharf C2 after a two-week underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT), in the Jacksonville and Virginia Capes Op. Areas; Moved to Wharf A2 on Dec. 1?.
January 28, 2021 USS Delbert D. Black moored at Wharf B3 on Naval Station Mayport after a three-day underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area; Moved to Wharf A2 on Feb. 12; Underway again from Feb. 16-19; Moved to Wharf C2 on Feb. 23; Moved back to Wharf A2 on Feb. 24; Day-long underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT) on March 3.
May 7, Cmdr. Mark P. Gallagher relieved Cmdr. Matthew A. McKenna as CO of the Delbert D. Black during a change-of-command ceremony at Ocean Breeze on Naval Station Mayport.