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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
DDG 114 - USS Ralph Johnson
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight IIA
Builder: Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA
 
STATUS:
Awarded: September 26, 2011
Laid down: September 12, 2014
Launched: December 12, 2015
Christened: April 2, 2016

Commissioned: March 24, 2018
IN SERVICE
 
Homeport: forward deployed to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
Namesake: PFC Ralph Henry Johnson / USMC (1949-1968)
Ships Motto: CELER SILENS MORTALIS (swift - silent - deadly)
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG
 
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departing Naval Station Everett, Washington for her journey to Japan - September 15, 2021

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departing Naval Station Everett, Washington for her journey to Japan - September 15, 2021

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change of command ceremony - Naval Station Everett, Washington - June 2020

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change of command ceremony - Naval Station Everett, Washington - June 2020

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Arabian Gulf - August 2020

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Mk.32 torpedo tube exercise - Arabian Gulf - August 2020

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Indian Ocean - July 2020

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Indian Ocean - July 2020

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Indian Ocean - July 2020

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Strait of Hormuz - July 2020

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Mk.38 Mod.2 machine gun fire exercise - Philippine Sea - July 2020

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Mk.45 Mod.4 gun fire exercise - Pacific Ocean - July 2020

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South China Sea - July 2020

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Philippine Sea - June 2020

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Philippine Sea - June 2020

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Philippine Sea - June 2020

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Philippine Sea - June 2020

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departing Naval Base San Diego, California - June 2020

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departing Naval Base San Diego, California - June 2020

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Pacific Ocean - May 2020

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Pacific Ocean - May 2020

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Pacific Ocean - May 2020

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Force Protection Exercise at Naval Base San Diego, California - April 2020

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deperming at the Degausing Pier at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California - late 2019

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deperming at the Degausing Pier at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California - late 2019

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deperming at the Degausing Pier at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California - late 2019

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deperming at the Degausing Pier at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California - late 2019

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deperming at the Degausing Pier at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, California - late 2019

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a Standard Missile was fired from the aft Mk.41 VLS - circa July 2018

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Naval Station Everett, Washington - May 2018

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arriving at her first homeport, Naval Station Everett, Washington - April 2018

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arriving at her first homeport, Naval Station Everett, Washington - April 2018

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Mk-45 Mod.4 (5"/62) gun fire exercise - March 2018

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March 2018

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commissioning ceremony - Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina - March 24, 2018

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commissioning ceremony - Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina - March 24, 2018

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commissioning ceremony - Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina - March 24, 2018

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commissioning ceremony - Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina - March 24, 2018

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commissioning ceremony - Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina - March 24, 2018

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departing Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi for her commissioning - March 2018


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trials - September 2017

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builders trials - Gulf of Mexico - July 2017

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  launching at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi - December 12, 2015

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USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114):
 
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard September 23, 2014.

The keel was authenticated by ship sponsor and military wife Georgeanne McRaven, and 41-year veteran shipbuilder, Robert Boegner, Jr. The two traced their initials into the ship's keel plate after which they said, "We hereby declare that the keel of the future USS Ralph Johnson has been truly and fairly laid."

"I'm extremely honored to have Mrs. McRaven and Mr. Boegner here today to take part in this momentous event. Their participation demonstrates and celebrates the role that each individual involved in this vital shipbuilding program plays to help bring these warships to life," said Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "I'm very proud of and grateful to the men and women of Ingalls shipbuilding. Their hard work has allowed us to celebrate this major ship milestone today."

Ingalls shipbuilding has a long history in destroyer shipbuilding, beginning with the keel-laying of the USS Spruance (DD 963) in the same shipyard over 40 years ago, in 1972. Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, and the 30th DDG 51 class destroyer built by the shipyard. HII is under contract to build an additional six of the 14 DDG 51 class ships currently under contract. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is also under contract to build seven destroyers as part of the DDG 51 program restart.

DDG 51 class ships are integral players in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense. Ralph Johnson, a Flight IIA destroyer, will be equipped with Aegis Baseline 9 which incorporates Integrated Air and Missile Defense and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities.

The ship is named for Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March 1968.

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The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Saturday, April 2, 2016 - during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The ship will be christened by the ship sponsor, Georgeanne McRaven. The Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition will deliver the principal address.

"The christening of the future USS Ralph Johnson represents yet another example of how our Navy's partnership with the highly-skilled shipbuilders of our nation continues to help us grow our fleet," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "Because of the hard work of these men and women, the name Ralph Johnson, and the heroism this name embodies, will live on for years to come in the steel of this great warship and the deeds of the sailors and Marines who sail aboard her."

The future Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The ship will commission in 2017 and will be homeported in Everett, Washington.
 
PFC Ralph Henry Johnson (January 11, 1949 - March 5, 1968):
 
Ralph Johnson was born on January 11, 1949, in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Courtnay Elementary School and Simonton Jr. High School in Charleston, South Carolina.

Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at Oakland, California on March 23, 1967, and was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on July 2, 1967.

Upon completion of recruit training with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, MCRD San Diego, California, in September 1967, he was transferred to the Camp Pendleton, California. He underwent individual combat training with Company Y, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, and basic infantry training with the Basic Infantry Training Company, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment, completing the latter in November 1967. He was promoted to private first class on November 1, 1967.

In January 1968, he arrived in the Republic of Vietnam, and served as a reconnaissance scout with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

On March 5, 1968, while on Operation Rock, a four-day operation by the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines in the "Arizona Territory" northwest of An Hoa Combat Base, his 15-man reconnaissance patrol was attacked by a platoon-sized enemy force on Hill 146 in the Quan Duc Duc Valley. When a hand grenade landed in the fighting hole he shared with fellow Marines, he yelled a warning and immediately hurled his body over the explosive charge. Absorbing the full impact of the blast, he was killed instantly. His heroic actions on that day were recognized with a posthumous award of the United States' highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Ralph H. Johnson is buried at Beaufort National Cemetery in South Carolina.

A complete list of his medals and decorations includes: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
 
 
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Medal of Honor citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS RALPH H. JOHNSON, USMC
for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a reconnaissance scout with Company A, First Reconnaissance Battalion, First Marine Division in action against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 5 March 1968, during OPERATION ROCK, First Class Johnson was a member of a fifteen-man reconnaissance patrol manning an observation post on Hill 146 overlooking the Quan Duc Duc Valley deep in enemy controlled territory. They were attacked by a platoon-size hostile force employing automatic weapons, satchel charges and hand grenades. Suddenly a hand grenade landed in the three- man fighting hole occupied by Private First Class Johnson and two fellow Marines. Realizing the inherent danger to his comrades, he shouted a warning and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the explosive device. When the grenade exploded, Private First Class Johnson absorbed the tremendous impact of the blast and was killed instantly. His prompt and heroic act saved the life of one Marine at the cost of his own and undoubtedly prevented the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol's perimeter. Private First Class Johnson's courage inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

/S/ RICHARD M. NIXON
 
 
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