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Paul Ignatius (DDG-117)

2019–

Paul Robert Ignatius, born on 11 November 1920, who served as the 59th Secretary of the Navy (1 September 1967–24 January 1969).

(DDG-117: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; 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)

Paul Ignatius (DDG-117) was laid down on 11 November 2015 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding; launched on 12 November 2016; christened on 8 April 2017; sponsored by Mrs. Nancy Ignatius, wife of the ship’s namesake; completed her acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 December 2018; delivered on 22 February 2019; and was commissioned on 27 July 2019, at Port Everglades, Fla., Cmdr. Robby D. Trotter in command.

Former Secretary of the Navy Ignatius speaks during the ship’s naming ceremony at Washington, D.C., 11 June 2013. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani, U.S. Navy Photograph 130611-N-PM781-005, Navy NewsStand)
Former Secretary of the Navy Ignatius speaks during the ship’s naming ceremony at Washington, D.C., 11 June 2013. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani, U.S. Navy Photograph 130611-N-PM781-005, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history pending.

Mark L. Evans
29 July 2019

Published: Mon Jul 29 08:05:30 EDT 2019