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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 May 23 2013.
Keel laid October 20 2015 at Ingalls.
Launched November 12 2016.
Christened April 8 2017.
Commissioned July 27 2019.

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Ignatius 25kIgnatius 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). On May 23, 2013, the Navy announced that an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) would be named for him.Wolfgang Hechler
Ignatius 128k130611-N-PM781-005. Washington, D.C., June 11 2013, former Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Paul Ignatius speaks during a ship naming ceremony held to celebrate the naming of the future USS Paul Ignatius. Current SECNAV, Ray Mabus, announced previously that the next Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer would be named USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani.Ron Reeves
Ignatius 255kPaul and Nancy Ignatius seated attended the start of fabrication ceremony for Paul’s namesake ship the guided missile destroyer (DDG-117), September 30 2014.Tommy Trampp
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Keel laying ceremony on October 20 2015.
Ron Reeves
Ignatius 16k161112-O-N0101-110. Pascagoula, Miss., November 12 2016, the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) is launched at first light Nov. 12, 2016 at Huntington Ingalls Industries Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo by Andrew Young courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries.Ron Reeves
Ignatius 62kCover of the Christening pamphlet.Ron Reeves
Ignatius 121kPaul Ignatius (DDG 117) christening by Mrs. Ignatius. The ship's namesake is on the left.Dale Hargrave
Ignatius 143kShips patch.Wolfgang Hechler

Commanding Officers
01CDR Robby D. Trotter27 July 2019 - 07 February 2020
02CDR Lennard DeWayne Cannon (USNA 2000)07 February 2020 - 25 June 2021
03CDR Jeffrey Thomas Servello (USNA 2002) 125 June 2021 - 06 January 2022
02CDR Eric E. Meyers 06 January 2022 - present (TDY)
1. Relieved of command "due to loss of confidence in abilty to command" connected to mistakes during an anti-air exercise in 2021.
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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Last Updated 16 January 2022