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US Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
DDG 117 - USS Paul Ignatius
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG; Arleigh Burke class, Flight IIA
Builder: Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA
 
STATUS:
Awarded: June 3, 2013
Laid down: October 20, 2015
Launched: November 12, 2016
Commissioned: July 27, 2019
IN SERVICE
 
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Namesake: Paul R. Ignatius (1920- )
Ships Motto: ALWAYS READY - FIGHT ON
Technical Data: see: INFO > Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer - DDG
 
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commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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Ship’s sponsor Nancy Ignatius christens the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), named for her husband, former Secretary of the Navy Paul Ignatius. Also pictured are Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, left; Cmdr. Robby Trotter, the ship’s prospective commanding officer; Dr. Elisa Ignatius, granddaughter of Paul and Nancy Ignatius; Paul Ignatius, the ship’s namesake; Philip Gunn, speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias - Pascagoula, Mississippi - April 8, 2017 (HII photo via USN)

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launching at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi - November 12, 2016 (HII photo via USN)

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks on the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer
USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) during its naming ceremony - June 11, 2013

   
 
USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117):

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ceremony today to celebrate the recent announcement that the next Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer will be named USS Paul Ignatius.

"The Ignatius will be in our fleet for three to four decades. It will sail virtually every ocean of the world," said Mabus. "It will be a reminder of the experience, and the wisdom of Paul Ignatius."

The ceremony was held in the Pentagon and attended by former Navy Secretary Paul Ignatius, his family and current and former civilian and uniformed naval officials and guests. In addition to Ignatius, five former Secretaries and acting Secretaries of the Navy were in attendance to commemorate the occasion.

"I was really quite overwhelmed when Secretary Mabus told me that this ship was going to be named in my honor," said Ignatius. "The Navy meant a lot to me in my life."

The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) will be the first naval ship to bear this name.


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US Navy press release - July 29, 2019
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PORT EVERGLADES, Fla (NNS) -- The ship’s namesake, Paul Ignatius, served honorably as Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969 and as a commissioned lieutenant during World War II aboard the Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Manila Bay (CVE 61).

“What could be greater than serving aboard a Unites States destroyer,” said Ignatius himself, speaking from a podium aboard the ship’s quarterdeck. “Destroyers have an honorable role in Navy history because of their many capabilities.”

It was Dr. Elisa Ignatius, granddaughter to the ship’s sponsor, the late Nancy Ignatius, who ordered the crew to bring the ship to life. Sailors rushed from shore, carrying aboard their motto “ALWAYS READY, FIGHT ON,” running two-at-a time to populate the ship. Medals jangled from their dress whites as Paul Ignatius Sailors manned all rail space and deck stations available under a sun-lit, billowing Ensign.

“Thank you all for your mental toughness and unwavering dedication to get our ship through every milestone of performing at sea with excellence,” said Cmdr. Robby D. Trotter, commanding officer of Paul Ignatius, to his crew. “I’m extremely proud of each and every one of you.”

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer was the ceremony’s principal speaker.

"The ship in her magnificence alone provides peace through presence and will keep the maritime commons open, which is the artery of free trade and commerce for our allies, friends and ourselves," said Spencer, the 76th Secretary of the Navy. "But please keep in mind that at a moment's notice, this well-trained crew and this ship can be put into harm's way as your forward-deployed force to deliver the fight tonight in order to keep our peace and prosperity. That is the mission of this crew. That is the mission of this ship. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the mission of your United States Navy."

About 310 officers and enlisted personnel make up the crew of Paul Ignatius, slated to be home ported in Mayport, Florida. Together they have tried, tested and demonstrated seaworthiness as a lethal, ready and well-trained crew prepared to forward-operate in any ocean of the world.

“It’s a rare and special opportunity for a Sailor to be a plank owner,” said Chief Machinist’s Mate Gilbert Laguerre, the leading chief petty officer of Paul Ignatius’ auxiliary division. “We learn first-hand from the builders how to manage our equipment as it’s installed and we take great pride in becoming subject-matter experts.”

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer sails up to 30 knots at sea, carrying advanced RADAR and SONAR systems that allow the ship to engage targets in the air, on the sea and underwater. The decks host two MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), one five-inch gun turret, a close-in weapons system (CIWS) and two MK 32 triple-barrel torpedo mounts.

The guest speakers also included Fort Lauderdale’s Broward County Mayor Mark D. Bogen, who welcomed the community to the ceremony, and Huntington Ingalls Industry President Michael C. Peters, who shared details of the momentous energy and thought put into the ship’s design and construction.

Trotter reported Paul Ignatius ready and in his command to Adm. Craig Faller, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
 
Paul Robert Ignatius (1920- ):

Paul Robert Ignatius was an American government official who served as Secretary of the Navy between 1967 and 1969 and was the Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.

Ignatius was born in 1920, Glendale, California, the son of Armenian parents who migrated to the United States, Elisa (née Jamgochian) and Hovsep "Joseph" B. Ignatius. Ignatius is a trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation and member of the Federal City Council and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. He has served previously as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Logistics Management Institute; chairman, president and CEO of Air Transport Association; president of The Washington Post newspaper and executive vice president of The Washington Post Company; Secretary of the Navy; Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics).

He founded Harbridge House, Inc., a Boston management consulting and research firm. Ignatius received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California (Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Tau) and his MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He served as a commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
 
Paul R. Ignatius

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 The ship’s namesake, former Secretary of the Navy Paul Ignatius, is escorted onboard by the ship’s first Officer of the Deck,
Lieutenant David Sugrue, during the commissioning ceremony of USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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during the commissioning ceremony - Port Everglades, Florida - July 27, 2019

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during the ship naming ceremony - June 11, 2013


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with Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus during the ship naming ceremony - June 11, 2013

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with Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus during the ship naming ceremony - June 11, 2013

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with his wife during the ship naming ceremony - June 11, 2013

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as Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) - September 1, 1967 - January 24, 1969
    
 
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