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USS RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG-115)

CLASS - BURKE As Built.

Operational and Building Data
Named by SecNav February 17 2012.
Keel laid at BIW October 30 2014.
Christened at BIW October 31 2015.
Commissioned at San Diego July 29 2017.

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Peralta 21kSergeant Rafael Peralta (April 7 1979 November 15 2004) assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, was a scout team leader assigned to the "Lava Dogs" of Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. During the second battle of Fallujah, his team was ordered to clear houses as part of Operation Phantom Fury. On that mission his team came under heavy insurgent AK-47 fire and a grenade attack. Sgt. Peralta smothered the grenade with his body, absorbing the majority of the lethal blast and shrapnel, killing him instantly, but saving the lives of his fellow Marines. In September 2008, his family was notified that he was awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest award a United States Marine can receive.Ron Reeves
Peralta 33kStart of Fabrication banner at Bath Iron Works, December 19 2011.Bill Gonyo
Peralta 141kThe stern section of the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) awaits transit into the Ultra Hull facility at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics.Bill Gonyo
Peralta 144k151031-M-SA716-052. Bath, Maine, October 31 2015, U.S. Marines, Sailors, and guests honor the American and Navy flag during the USS Rafael Peralta christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, Oct. 31, 2015. The destroyer was named after Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta who was killed during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004. U.S. Marine Corps photo Sgt. Gabriela Garcia.Ron Reeves
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Christening Program - October 31 2015.
Ron Reeves
Peralta 163kUSS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) before the christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine on October 31 2015. US Marine Corps Photo.Tommy Trampp
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Christening October 31 2015.
Ron Reeves
Peralta 95k161216-N-DM751-001. Bath, Maine, December 16 2016, the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) successfully completed acceptance trials after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine. U.S. Navy photo.Ron Reeves
Peralta 146k161017-N-DM751-001. Bath, Maine, October 17 2016, the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sets sail for the first time to conduct initial at-sea builder's trials off the coast of Maine. U.S. Navy Photo.Ron Reeves
Peralta 266k170729-N-HI119-038 San Diego, July 29, 2017. The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) mans the ship and brings it to life during the ship's commissioning ceremony onboard Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Sonia Jeannette Zayas/Released).Dave Wright
Peralta 397k170729-N-DX349-965 San Diego, July 29, 2017. Cmdr. Brian Ribota, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.Dave Wright
Peralta 299k170729-N-GD109-294 San Diego, July 29, 2017. The crew mans the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) during the ship's commissioning ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zackary Alan Landers/Released) Dave Wright
Peralta 523kCover of commissioning booklet for USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115).Ron Reeves
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Ship's patch.
Ron Reeves


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CDR Brian Ribota    Jul 29 2017 - 


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