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Future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Achieves Aegis System Light Off
Dec. 17, 2015 - BATH, Maine - The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) achieved "light off" of its Aegis Combat System at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard Dec. 17.

Future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) Launched
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The future USS RALPH JOHNSON (DDG 114) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard Dec. 12. The ship, a Flight IIA destroyer, will be equipped with Aegis Baseline 9 which incorporates Integrated Air and Missile Defense and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities. DDG 51 class ships are integral players in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense.  (Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries
Dec. 14, 2015 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard Dec. 12

Hull Turnover Marks Ship to Shore Connector Milestone
Dec. 3, 2015 - NEW ORLEANS - The Navy's new Ship to Shore Connector program reached a production milestone when the first hull, LCAC 100, was turned over during a 7 1/2 hour evolution at Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems Nov. 5.

USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) Completes Acceptance Trials
Nov. 24, 2015 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. - USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed Acceptance Trials Nov. 6 following a week of extensive ship tests and underway events.

Future USNS Brunswick (EPF 6) Completes Acceptance Trials
Nov. 2, 2015 - MOBILE, Ala. - Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) 6, the future USNS Brunswick completed Acceptance Trials Oct. 23 the Navy reported today.

Navy to Christen Guided Missile Destroyer Rafael Peralta
Oct. 30, 2015 - The Navy will christen its newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta, Saturday, Oct. 31, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Delivered
140329-N-PO203-336 ANACORTES, Wash. (Mar. 29, 2014) Carol Armstrong, ship's sponsor for the  Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) research vessel (R/V) Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), breaks a bottle across bow during a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. Joining Carol on the platform are Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, left, chief of naval research, Mr. Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., and Kali Armstrong, granddaughter of the late astronaut. The Navy, through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has been a leader in building and providing large ships for the nation's academic research fleet since World War II. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)
Sept. 25, 2015 - ANACORTES, Wash. - The Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGOR), R/V Neil Armstrong, AGOR 27, delivered to the Navy Sept. 23.

Keel for Future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) Authenticated
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The keel of the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) is authenticated by the ship’s namesake, the Honorable Paul Ignatius (left) and Mr. Bill Jones, the Hull Superintendent (right) during a ceremony Oct. 20. Both authenticators etched their initials into the keel plate to symbolically recognize the joining of modular components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship. Paul Ignatius, a Flight IIA ship, is the first ship in the FY2013-FY2017 multi-year procurement contract to start fabrication and is scheduled to deliver in 2018. The ship will serve as an integral player in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense. (US Navy Photo released)
Oct. 21, 2015 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The keel of the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) was authenticated during a ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard Oct. 20.

Keel for future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) Authenticated
Nov. 16, 2015 - BATH, Maine - The keel of the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) was authenticated during a ceremony at the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard Nov. 16.

Two Navy Destroyers Light Up Aegis Systems
Sept. 15, 2015 - WASHINGTON - The Navy marked a unique milestone last week with the activation of Aegis Combat Systems on both the oldest, and the newest DDG 51 class destroyers.

First of Class Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Completes Acceptance Trials
Aug. 27, 2015 - ANACORTES, Wash. - The first-of-class Oceanographic Research Vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), successfully completed Acceptance Trials August 7 the Navy reported today.

Newest Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Carson City (JHSV 7) Keel Authenticated
MOBILE, Alabama - The Honorable Robert L. Crowell (left), mayor of Carson City, Nev., welds his initials into the keel plate of JHSV 7 -- the future USNS Carson City -- with the help of Austal USA welder Mr. Tuong Phan during the keel authentication ceremony July 31. JHSVs provide fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles, equipment and supplies in support of a wide variety of missions.
July 31, 2015 - MOBILE, Alabama - The keel of the future USNS Carson City (JHSV 7) was authenticated during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard here today.

Future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Begins Fabrication
150721-N-EW716-001 (July 21, 2015) PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Mrs. Ima Black, widow of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Delbert Black, begins the mechanized process of cutting the steel plate with the help of Paul Bosarge, Huntington Ingalls Industries burner/work leader.  Mrs. Black is the sponsor for the destroyer DDG 119 -- the future USS Delbert D. Black -- which formally started fabrication in Ingalls' Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard today.
July 21, 2015 - PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The construction of the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) is currently underway at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard. A ceremony here today celebrated the start of fabrication.

USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) Delivers to Fleet
141106-N-EW716-001 SAN DIEGO (Nov. 6, 2014) The mobile landing platform Lewis B. Puller (T-MLP-3/T-AFSB-1) is the first afloat forward staging base (AFSB) variant of the MLP and is optimized to support a variety of maritime missions. (Photo courtesy of NASSCO)
June 15, 2015 - SAN DIEGO - The Navy's first Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Lewis B. Puller, delivered to the Navy today. Built by General Dynamics NASSCO, delivery of the ship follows a series of at-sea tests and trials in San Diego.

Navy completes USS Harry S. Truman availability at NNSY
NORFOLK, Virginia - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) heads to Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for its Carrier Incremental Availability.
May 22, 2015 - NORFOLK, Virginia - USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) May 22 following the successful completion of its Carrier Incremental Availability.

Future USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) Launched
MOBILE, Alabama - (May 19, 2015) - The Navy's newest Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), the future USNS Brunswick, was launched from the Austal USA shipyard.
May 19, 2015 - MOBILE, Ala. - The Navy's newest Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 6), the future USNS Brunswick, was launched from the Austal USA shipyard here today.

Navy Accepts Delivery of USNS Trenton (JHSV 5)
The future Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Trenton (JHSV 5) rolls out in preparation for launch at Austal USA shipyard.
April 13, 2015 - MOBILE, Alabama - The Navy accepted delivery of the USNS Trenton (JHSV 5), its fifth Joint High Speed Vessel, April 13.

Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi - The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.
March 30, 2015 - PASCAGOULA, Mississippi - The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.

Navy Amphibious Ship Receives Longer Lasting, More Efficient LED Bulbs
120414-N-ZZ999-001 SAN DIEGO - The LPD 17 class program (PMS 317) Program Executive Office, Ships completed installation of light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs on USS Somerset (LPD 25) Feb. 27, replacing legacy shipboard fluorescent light bulbs with longer lasting, more efficient LED bulbs.
March 19, 2015 - SAN DIEGO - The LPD 17 class program (PMS 317) Program Executive Office, Ships completed installation of light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs on USS Somerset (LPD 25) Feb. 27, replacing legacy shipboard fluorescent light bulbs with longer lasting, more efficient LED bulbs.