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CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Named by SecNav February 17 2012.
Launched December 12, 2015 at Pascagoula.
Christened April 2, 2016 at Pascagoula.

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Johnson 6kRalph Henry Johnson (January 1, 1949 March 5, 1968) was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in March 1968 during the Vietnam War. When a hand grenade was thrown into his fighting hole, he immediately covered it with his body absorbing the full impact of the blast sacrificing his life to save a fellow Marine and preventing the enemy from penetrating his patrol perimeter.Ron Reeves
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Keel laying ceremony with ship's sponsor Georgiana McRaven in September 2013 at Ingall's Shipbuilding.
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Construction photos.
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Johnson 97k160402-N-ZZ999-901. Pascagoula, Mississippi. April 2 2016, ship Sponsor Georgeann McRaven ceremoniously breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow during the christening ceremony for the future guided missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The ship is named for Medal of Honor recipient Ralph Johnson. Also pictured (left to right) are Assistant Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley; Cmdr. Jason Patterson, the ship's prospective commanding officer; Helen Richards, Ralph Johnson's sister; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.Ron Reeves
Johnson 418k170727-N-N0101-001 Gulf of Mexico, July 27, 2017. Ingalls Shipbuilding completed builder's sea trials on the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). The ship spent more than three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship's main propulsion, combat and other ship systems. (U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Young/Released)Dave Wright
Johnson 107kShip's patch.Ron Reeves

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