BUILDING THE SHIP

BUILDING THE SHIP

DDG 114 is being built in Pascagoula, Mississippi by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) which is America’s largest military shipbuilding company. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. Naval shipbuilder. They are proud to be builders of Ralph Johnson and continuing his legacy of service and sacrifice to our Nation. 

Key milestones in the shipbuilding process are provided below:
START FABRICATION – September 13, 2013
Ship sponsor Georgeann McRaven, foreground, started fabrication for Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) in the Pascagoula Fabrication Shop with Ingalls and Navy personnel looking on.

KEEL AUTHENTICATION – September 23, 2014
Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) ship sponsor Georgeann McRaven and Ingalls master shipbuilder Bob Boegner, right, show their keel authentication plaques along with Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president.

LAUNCH – December 12, 2015
Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) floats for the first time shortly after launch in the early morning hours. 

CHRISTENING – April 2, 2016
Ralph Jonson (DDG 114) Sponsor, Mrs. Georgeann McRaven breaks the ceremonial bottle of champagne during the christening ceremony. Looking on is Ralph Johnson’s sister, Mrs. Helen Richardson, Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding president, and the prospective Commanding Officer, CDR Jason Patterson.

BUILDER'S TRIALS – July 20, 2017
Conducted approximately 60 days prior to delivery, these trials are designed to flex and test all of the ship’s mechanical, hull, electrical, and combat systems and support equipment. The trials are conducted by the Huntington Ingalls Industries and notes of concern are drafted into trial cards to identify any discrepancies prior to acceptance trials. Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) successfully completed her Builder’s Trials on completed on July 20, 2017.

ACCEPTANCE TRIAL - September 25, 2017
Conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), this is the final trial conducted prior to delivery of the ship to the Navy. The trial is conducted approximately 30 days prior to delivery of the ship and is designed to ensure all systems and support equipment are prepared to enter service. 

DELIVERY ACCEPTANCE – November 15, 2017
With it's success during the trials, the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey recommended that the ship be accepted for delivery to the U.S. Navy in early September 2017. The U.S. Navy has officially accepted delivery on November 15, 2017.

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COMMISSIONING CEREMONY - March 24, 2018
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