USS Ralph Johnson

Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The contract to build her was awarded on 26 September 2011 to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi.[7][8] On 15 February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the ship's named to be Ralph Johnson in honor of Marine Ralph H. Johnson, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for shielding two fellow Marines from a grenade in March 1968 during the Vietnam War.[9][10][11] The contract was worth $697.6 million fixed price, and was also the 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer contract issued to Ingalls Shipbuilding.[12]

Ralph Johnson will be the 64th ship of the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers, the first of which, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), was commissioned in July 1991.[13] With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any U.S. Navy surface combatant.[14] As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, Ralph Johnson's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations.[6] During it long production run, the class was built in three flights—Flight I (DDG-51–DDG-71), Flight II (DDG-72–DDG-78), and Flight IIA (DDG-79– ).[15] Ralph Johnson will be a Flight IIA ship, and as such, will feature several improvements in terms of ballistic missile defence, an embarked air wing, and the inclusion of mine-detecting ability.[6]

In 2008, the U.S. Navy decided to restart production of the Arleigh Burke class as orders for the Zumwalt-class destroyer was reduced from ten to three.[16][17] The first three ships (DDG-113—DDG-115) ordered following the product decision are known as the "restart" ships, while "technology insertion" ships (DDG-116—DDG-123) are expected to incorporate certain elements of Arleigh Burke class Flight III, which in turn will run from DDG-124 onwards.[18] As a "restart" ship, Ralph Johnson will primarily feature upgraded electronics; she was originally scheduled to be delivered in August 2016,[18] but construction was delayed and delivery is scheduled for late 2017 after her sea trials are completed in the middle of the year.[19]

The warship arrived at the Port of Charleston's Columbus Street Terminal on March 19, 2018[20] and was commissioned on March 24, 2018.[5]

USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) during builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico US Navy 170727-N-N0101-001
USS Ralph Johnson during her builder's sea trials in 2017
United States
Name: Ralph Johnson
Namesake: Ralph H. Johnson
Ordered: 26 September 2011
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 12 September 2014[1]
Launched: 12 December 2015[2]
Sponsored by: Georgeann Brady McRaven
Christened: 2 April 2016[3]
Acquired: 15 November 2017[4]
Commissioned: 24 March 2018[5]
Identification: DDG-114
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,217 tons (full load)[6]
Length: 513 feet (156 m)[6]
Beam: 66 feet (20 m)[6]
Propulsion: 4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines (100,000 shp)[6]
Speed: 31 knots (36 mph; 57 km/h)[6]


  1. ^ "Ingalls Shipbuilding Authenticates the Keel on Aegis Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Ingalls Shipbuilding Launches Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Ingalls Christens Destroyer Ralph Johnson (DDG 114); Aegis Ship Honors Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Ralph Johnson" (Press release). United States Navy. 15 November 2017. NNS171115-24. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer Ralph Johnson" (Press release). United States Navy. 23 March 2018. NNS180323-02. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Ralph Johnson (DDG 114)". Naval Vessel Register. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  8. ^ "DDG 51 Class Ship Construction Contract Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Naval Sea Systems Command. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Navy To Name Ships After Servicemen With Local Ties". San Diego News. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Navy Names Five New Ships" (Press release). U.S. Navy. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  11. ^ Kropf, Schuyler (15 February 2012). "Navy attack ship to be named for Ralph Johnson". The Post and Courier. Evening Post Publishing Company. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  12. ^ "U.S. Navy Awards HII USD 697.6 Million Contract for New DDG 114 Destroyer". Shipbuilding Tribune. 27 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  13. ^ "USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)". Naval Vessel Register. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  14. ^ Sharp, David (31 December 2009). "After 2-plus decades, Navy destroyer breaks record". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Associated Press. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis), United States of America". Net Resources International. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  16. ^ Ewing, Philip (31 July 2008). "Navy: No need to add DDG 1000s after all". Navy Times. Gannett Government Media. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  17. ^ Drew, Christopher (8 April 2009). "Contractors Agree on Deal to Build Stealth Destroyer". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  18. ^ a b Lyle, Peter C. (2010). "DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Burke-Class Destroyer – New Construction Program" (PDF). Naval Sea Systems Command. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  19. ^ "Ingalls starts fabrication of DDG 123". Marine Log. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  20. ^ Blakeney, Barney (21 March 2018). "Navy Destroyer Ralph H. Johnson To Be Commissioned". The Charleston Chronicle. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

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Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The class leader, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke's lifetime.

These warships were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile antiballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms. Some versions of the class no longer have the towed sonar, or Harpoon missile launcher. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross-section.The first ship of the class was commissioned on 4 July 1991. With the decommissioning of the last Spruance-class destroyer, USS Cushing, on 21 September 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class ships became the U.S. Navy's only active destroyers, until the Zumwalt class became active in 2016. The Arleigh Burke class has the longest production run for any post-World War II U.S. Navy surface combatant. Besides the 62 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II and 34 of Flight IIA) in service by 2016, up to a further 42 (of Flight III) have been envisioned.

With an overall length of 505 to 509 feet (154 to 155 m), displacement ranging from 8,315 to 9,200 tons, and weaponry including over 90 missiles, the Arleigh Burke class are larger and more heavily armed than most previous ships classified as guided missile cruisers.

Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding is a shipyard located in Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States, originally established in 1938, and now part of Huntington Ingalls Industries. It is a leading producer of ships for the United States Navy, and at 12,500 employees, the second largest private employer in Mississippi with WalMart being the largest with 24,000 employees.

List of current ships of the United States Navy

The United States Navy has approximately 490 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with approximately 90 more in either the planning and ordering stages or under construction, according to the Naval Vessel Register and published reports. This list includes ships that are owned and leased by the U.S. Navy; ships that are formally commissioned, by way of ceremony, and non-commissioned. Ships denoted with the prefix "USS" are commissioned ships. Prior to commissioning, ships may be described as a "pre-commissioning unit" or PCU, but are officially referred to by name with no prefix. US Navy support ships are often non-commissioned ships organized and operated by Military Sealift Command. Among these support ships, those denoted "USNS" are owned by the US Navy. Those denoted by "MV" or "SS" are chartered.

Current ships include commissioned warships that are in active service, as well as ships that are part of Military Sealift Command, the support component and the Ready Reserve Force, that while non-commissioned, are still part of the effective force of the U.S. Navy. Future ships listed are those that are in the planning stages, or are currently under construction, from having its keel laid to fitting out and final sea trials.

There exist a number of former US Navy ships which are museum ships (not listed here), some of which may be US government-owned. One of these, USS Constitution, a three-masted tall ship, is one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy. It is the oldest naval vessel afloat, and still retains its commission (and hence is listed here), as a special commemoration for that ship alone.

List of equipment of the United States Navy

The Equipment of the United States Navy have been subdivided into: watercraft, aircraft, munitions, vehicles, and small arms.

Naval Station Everett

Naval Station Everett (NAVSTA Everett) is a military installation located in the city of Everett, Washington, 25 miles (40 km) north of Seattle. The naval station, located on the city's waterfront on the northeastern end of Puget Sound, was designed as a homeport for a US Navy carrier strike group and opened in 1994. A separate Navy Support Complex is located in Smokey Point, 11 miles (18 km) north of Everett near Marysville, and houses a commissary, Navy Exchange, a college and other services.

NAVSTA Everett is home to five guided-missile Destroyers, a Coast Guard Keeper-class cutter USCGC Henry Blake, and a USCG Marine Protector-class patrol boat, USCGC Blue Shark. There are about 6,000 sailors and civil service persons assigned to commands located at Naval Station Everett. The Naval Station itself has about 350 sailors and civilians assigned.

Ralph H. Johnson

Ralph Henry Johnson (January 11, 1949 – March 5, 1968) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in March 1968 during the Vietnam War. When a hand grenade was thrown into his fighting hole, he immediately covered it with his body—absorbing the full impact of the blast—sacrificing his life to save a fellow Marine and preventing the enemy from penetrating his patrol perimeter.

Ralph Johnson

Ralph Johnson may refer to:

Ralph Johnson (computer scientist) (born 1955), computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ralph Johnson (architect), Chicago-based architect

Ralph Johnson (basketball) (1921–2005), American professional basketball player

Ralph C. Johnson (1953–2016), American politician

Ralph H. Johnson (1949–1968), United States Marine awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War

USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), United States Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyer named for PFC Johnson

Ralph Johnson (philosopher) (born 1940), co-creator of the subject of Informal logic at the University of Windsor

Ralph Johnson (musician) (born 1951), percussionist for R&B/soul band Earth, Wind, and Fire

Ralph Johnson (fencer) (born 1948), British fencer who competed at four Olympic Games

Ralph S. Johnson (1906–2010), aviation pioneer and member of the Wyoming House of Representatives

Ralph Johnson (bishop) (1828–1911), Anglican bishop

Ralph Johnson (footballer) (1922–2013), English footballer

Ralph Hudson Johnson (1933–1993), British neurologist

USS Johnson

USS Johnson may refer to various United States Navy ships:

USS Cape Johnson (AP-172), a troop transport in commission from 1944 to 1946

USS Catherine Johnson (SP-390), later Freight Lighter No. 161, YF-161, and YC-660, a freight lighter in commission from 1918 to 1930

USS Earl V. Johnson (DE-702), a destroyer escort in commission from 1944 to 1946

USS George A. Johnson (DE-583), a destroyer escort in commission from 1944 to 1946 and from 1950 to 1957

USS George H. Johnson (SP-379), the proposed name and designation of a commercial freight lighter the United States Navy considered for service during World War I but never acquired

USS LST-849, a tank landing ship in commission from 1944 to 1946 which was renamed USS Johnson County (LST-849) in 1955 while in reserve

USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002), the third and final Zumwalt-class destroyer, being built by Bath Iron Works

USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, built by Huntington Ingalls

SS Manchuria, a passenger and cargo ship serving in World War I as the troop transport USS Manchuria (ID-1633) from April 1918 to September 1919, renamed President Johnson 1928 which from 1941 to 1946 saw service as a War Shipping Administration troop transport sometimes mistakenly termed "USS" or Army transport

USS Pinkney (APH-2) an evacuation transport in commission from 1942 to 1946 which served as the United States Army transport USAT Pvt. Elden H. Johnson from 1947 to 1950 and in the U.S. Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS Pvt. Elden H. Johnson from 1950 to 1957

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Flight IIA ships
Flight III ships


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