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Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG-121)

The first U.S. Navy ship named for Frank E. Petersen Jr., an African American Marine Corps Aviator (2 March 1932–25 August 2015). For additional information see History of U.S. Marine Corps pioneer, Frank E. Petersen and LIEUTENANT GENERAL FRANK PETERSEN DIES AT 83

(DDG-121: displacement 9,515; length 509'; beam 59'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for 96 BGM-109 Tomahawks, RGM-84 Harpoons, SM-2MR Standards, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs), and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 1 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 2 25 millimeter, 4 machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky MH-60B/R Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the assignment of the name Frank E. Petersen Jr. to DDG-121 during a ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., on 9 November 2016. Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG-121) was laid down on 21 February 2017 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Huntington Ingalls Industries; cosponsored by Mrs. Alicia D. Petersen, widow of the late Lt. Gen. Petersen, and Mrs. D’Arcy Neller, wife of Gen. Robert B. Neller, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps; was launched on 13 July 2018; and was christened on 6 October 2018.


A graphic representation of how Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG-121) will likely appear in service. (Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales, U.S. Navy Photograph 161108-N-LV331-001, Navy NewsStand)
Caption: A graphic representation of how Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG-121) will likely appear in service. (Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales, U.S. Navy Photograph 161108-N-LV331-001, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
10 October 2018

Published:Wed Oct 10 15:02:00 EDT 2018