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"Into the Tiger's Jaw"
CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 504' 7" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 2 Phalanx 20mm Guns, 90 VLS Cells,
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
Built by Huntngton Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, MS (YN 5321)
Contract awarded 03 June 2013
Named by SecNav 11 April 2016
Keel laid 21 February 21 2017
Launched 13 July 2018
Christened 06 October 2018
Commissioned at Charleston, SC, 14 May 2022
Homeported at Pearl Harbor, HI

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Petersen 117kFrank Emmanuel Petersen Jr. (USMC) March 2 1932 August 25 2015, was a United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General. He was the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps general. Petersen retired from the Marine Corps in 1988 after 38 years of service. "At the time of his retirement he was by date of aviator designation the senior ranking aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps and the United States Navy with respective titles of 'Silver Hawk' and 'Gray Eagle'. His date of designation as an aviator also precedes all other aviators in the U.S. Air Force and Army.Wolfgang Hechler
USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121)
Petersen 141kFrank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) just after launching, 13 July 2018.
HII photo
Lee Wahler

Note: History is unavailable at this time
[This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project]

Commanding Officers
01CDR Daniel Adam Hancock14 May 2022 - 27 October 2022
02CDR William Chad Stewart27 October 2022 - 29 November 2023
03CAPT Kevin T. Louis (USNA 2000)29 November 2023 - present

Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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Last Updated 30 January 2024