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USS RALPH JOHNSON (DDG-114)

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.
Commissioned March 24, 2018 at Charleston, SC.

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Johnson 6kRalph Henry Johnson was born in Charleston, SC, January 1, 1949. He was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism on 05 March 1968 during the Vietnam War. His Medla of Honor citation reads as follows:

The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to PRIVATE FIRST CLASS RALPH H. JOHNSON, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, 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, Private 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 Johnson and two fellow marines. Realizing the inherent danger to his two comrades, he shouted a warning and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the explosive device. When the grenade exploded, Private 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 patrolís perimeter. Private Johnsonís 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.

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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
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Five shots of the commissioning ceremony for Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) at Charleston, SC, 24 March 2018.
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Johnson 107kShip's patch.Ron Reeves

USS RALPH JOHNSON DDG-114 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR Jason P. Patterson   Mar 24 2018 - Jul 03 2018

CDR Casey M. Mahon    Jul 03 2018 - present

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