USS FRANK E. PETERSEN, JR. DDG 121
The Frank E. Petersen, Jr., (DDG 121) is the 71st Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the first ship in the United States Navy named in honor of USMC Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen, Jr., (1932-2015), the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and general.
June 1, 2016 The keel authentication ceremony for DDG 121 was held at Ingalls Operations shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.
July 13, 2018 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Frank E. Petersen, Jr., was launched from a floating dry-dock and moored at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf.
October 6, PCU Frank E. Petersen, Jr., was christened during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls West Bank in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mrs. D’Arcy Neller, wife of Gen. Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps; and Dr. Alicia J. Petersen, wife of the ship's namesake, served as sponsors of the ship.
September 27, 2019 Cmdr. Daniel A. Hancock assumed command of the PCU Frank E. Petersen, Jr., during a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
September ?, 2020 PCU Frank E. Petersen, Jr., entered the floating dry-dock at Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf for some exterior work; Undocked on Nov. 2?.
June 10, 2021 The Frank E. Petersen, Jr., returned to Ingalls Operations shipyard after a two-day underway for Builder's (Alpha) trials; Underway for Bravo trials from Aug. 25-26; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from Sept. 15-16.
November 2, PCU Frank E. Petersen, Jr., moved from Ingalls West Bank Yard South Wharf to a pierside location on East Bank Yard.
November 30, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr., during a short ceremony on board the ship.