USS Paul Ignatius

USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the United States Navy. She is named for Paul Ignatius who served as United States Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969. Ignatius had previously served as a commissioned lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. Paul Ignatius is the 2nd of 8 planned Flight IIA "technology insertion" ships, which contains elements of the Flight III ships.

She was launched on November 12, 2016,[3][7] and was christened on 8 April 2017.[4] The ship was commissioned on 27 July 2019.[6]

USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) prepares to moor at Naval Station Mayport on 31 July 2019 - 2
USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) at Naval Station Mayport
History
Name: USS Paul Ignatius
Namesake: Paul Ignatius[1]
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 20 October 2015[2]
Launched: 12 November 2016[3]
Sponsored by: Nancy W. Ignatius
Christened: 8 April 2017[4]
Acquired: 22 February 2019[5]
Commissioned: 27 July 2019[6]
Status: Active, in commission
Badge:
USS Paul Ignatius DDG-117 Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Flight IIA
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 510 ft (160 m)
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters

References

  1. ^ "Navy Names Next Two Destroyers" (Press release). United States Navy. 23 May 2013. NNS130523-13. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Ingalls Shipbuilding Authenticates the Keel of Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Destroyer Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Paul Ignatius" (Press release). United States Navy. 25 February 2019. NNS190225-07. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Warship USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) Brought to Life" (Press release). United States Navy. 29 July 2019. NNS190729-10. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  7. ^ "HII launches future Arleigh Burke destroyer USS Paul Ignatius". Naval Today. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
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