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. 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. The contract was worth $697.6 million fixed price, and was also the 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer contract issued to Ingalls Shipbuilding.
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. With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any U.S. Navy surface combatant. As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, Ralph Johnson's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations. 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– ). 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.
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. 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. As a "restart" ship, Ralph Johnson will primarily feature upgraded electronics; she was originally scheduled to be delivered in August 2016, but construction was delayed and delivery is scheduled for late 2017 after her sea trials are completed in the middle of the year.
USS Ralph Johnson during her builder's sea trials in 2017
|Namesake:||Ralph H. Johnson|
|Ordered:||26 September 2011|
|Laid down:||12 September 2014|
|Launched:||12 December 2015|
|Sponsored by:||Georgeann Brady McRaven|
|Christened:||2 April 2016|
|Acquired:||15 November 2017|
|Commissioned:||24 March 2018|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Arleigh Burke-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||9,217 tons (full load)|
|Length:||513 feet (156 m)|
|Beam:||66 feet (20 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines (100,000 shp)|
|Speed:||31 knots (36 mph; 57 km/h)|
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 neurologistUSS 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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