The USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), the Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, was commissioned in March at Charleston, South Carolina. The 9,000-ton warship is the 65th Arleigh Burke–class destroyer and the 36th Flight IIA-variant of the class, which incorporates a helicopter hangar for two MH-60 helicopters. The Ralph Johnson is named in honor of a Charleston native and Marine Corps private first class who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War. The 510-foot warship has a beam of 59 feet, a draft of 31 feet, and is operated by a crew of 329 officers and sailors. The Arleigh Burke DDGs are powered by four LM-2500-30 gas turbines enabling speeds in excess of 30 knots. Each of these multimission warships carries an Aegis air defense system as well as a wide array of weapons for use against targets on and under the sea, in the air, and on land.
Combat Fleets of the World
By Eric Wertheim