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USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115)


DDG 115 at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 30, 2017. Photo by Michael Jenning.

USS RAFAEL PERALTA is one of the ARLEIGH BURKE Flight IIA guided missile destroyers and the first ship in the Navy named after Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta.

General Characteristics:Awarded: September 26, 2011
Keel laid: February 17, 2012
Launched: November 1, 2015
Commissioned: July 29, 2017
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Length: 508,5 feet (155 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30.5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load
Speed: 32 knots
Aircraft: two SH-60 (LAMPS 3) helicopters
Armament: one Mk-45 5"/62 caliber lightweight gun, two Mk-41 VLS for Standard missiles and Tomahawk ASM/LAM, one 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk-50 and Mk-46 torpedoes, two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems
Homeport: San Diego, Calif.
Crew: approx. 320


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS RAFAEL PERALTA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship's Namesake:

The ship was named for Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta as a result of actions occurring during what is known as the Second Battle of Fallujah. While clearing houses in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004 a Marine squad, including Peralta, entered a house where the enemy silently waited. The squad was instantly barraged with intense small arms fire.

The fire knocked Peralta to the ground and mortally wounded him. As the firefight continued, the fleeing enemy threw a fragmentation grenade into the building. Peralta absorbed most of the grenade's blast with his body, thus saving the lives of two fellow marines. Sergeant Peralta died from his wounds. In 2008 Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his extraordinary heroism.


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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the RAFAEL PERALTA at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 29 and 30, 2017.



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