A ceremony marking the slicing of the first one hundred tons of steel for the destiny Frank E. Peterson Jr. happened Wednesday at a organization shipyard in Mississippi.
The guided-missile destroyer honors Frank Emmanuel Petersen Jr., the primary African American aviator andpreferred officer inside the america Marine Corps.
“With this milestone, Ingalls is now in numerous ranges of production on five Arleigh Burke-magnificencedestroyers,” said Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG fifty one elegance program supervisor, software executiveworkplace (PEO) Ships. “DDG 121 will significantly enjoy the serial production of these earlier ships andas soon as delivered, will be the 70th destroyer of its elegance to sign up for the U.S. Fleet.”
The destroyer is to be constructed within the Flight IIA configuration, which functions the AEGIS Baseline 9combat device, which incorporates incorporated Air and Missile protection capability.