The US Navy has launched the latest Arleigh Burke-class (Flight-IIA) destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) on May 14 in Charleston, South Carolina.
U.S. Navy Press Release
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro attended the ceremony. He began by thanking the Petersen family for their lifelong service to the country. “All of us join you to honor Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen, Jr.” Del Toro also acknowledged the owner of the board that brought the ship to life.
“As Secretary of the Navy, I will contribute everything I can to ensure that you and your family are prepared for the many challenges ahead. It is what you provide in our country. It starts with making sure you have the best ship you have to do. “
Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy
The main speaker was Carlos Campbell, a Navy aviator and former Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, who served with Petersen and told a story showing the power and dedication of the General. Recalling Petersen’s ethics, Campbell said, “He was injured, treated outdoors and returned to combat.”
Admiral Mike Gildi, Chief of Naval Operations, also attended the ceremony.
“It’s appropriate that the name, synonymous with service and sacrifice, is adorned on the steel of this American warship. The sailors on this powerful warship are in the fighting spirit of General Petersen whenever they need it. And with tenacity, it will be deployed everywhere for the next generation. “
Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations
General David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, also attended the ceremony. “General Petersen was the first of many,” Berger said. “There is a saying that ships inherit the characteristics of their name, and if that is true, God helps the enemy confront Frank E. Petersen Jr.”
Gale Petersen, the daughter of Lieutenant Petersen, thanked her on behalf of her family and gave a special award. “Without a gentleman named Robert Adams, there wouldn’t be this ceremony today. He was rescued by Robert Adams when my father was shot down in Vietnam.” Gail continued, “From stern to stern. I would like to thank everyone involved in the construction of this ship. “
Guest speakers at the event included The Honorable Nancy Mace, a US member of the First District of South Carolina. Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, prestigious John Techlenberg. George Nungesser, Vice President of Program Management, Ingalls Shipbuilding.
The ship is sponsored by Mrs. Darcy Ann Neller, wife of the former Marine Corps Commandant, General Robert “Bob” Neller of the USMC (Ret.), And the late Lieutenant Alicia J. Petersen. is. Dr. Petersen died in September 2021. Both sponsors participated in keel laying, mast stepping, and Christian ceremonies.
Mrs. Neller thanked her family. “Our service members can’t do what they do without you and your love and support. To officers and crew. A ship without a crew is like a bloodless body. You will all bring this ship to life. “She continued. “The name of this ship was a warrior. He always went to the sound of a gun. He was always ready and wise about the risks he took. You all have to be the same. Always be prepared. Work hard and when the time comes, you’re ready to enter the tiger’s chin. “
Between formula, USS Frank E. Petersen Commander Cmdr. Daniel Hancock reported that the ship was ready. With the support of Lieutenant Petersen’s daughters Gale Petersen, Dana Petersen Moore, Lindsey Priam, and Monique Petersen, Mrs. Neller said, “Put people on our ship and bring her back to life. I issued the traditional command.
“Our wonderful crew is very proud of their work. We can’t find the same name as a warrior who beats General Frank E. Petersen, Jr. Ours who know his story. No one has forgotten that we are the heirs of that powerful heritage. His torch has proudly moved forward, “Hancock said. “I would like to express my gratitude and pride. Serving with each of my crew is my greatest professional honor. I am immeasurably proud.”
Lieutenant Petersen continues the family heritage of service initiated by his great-grandfather. Private Archibald (Arky) Charles McKinney joined the army in 1863 and served at Mass 55th Company E during the Civil War. The trip to McKinney’s house included boarding a steamship and disembarking at Charleston Harbor.
future USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. honors Lieutenant General Frank E. Petersen Jr. (USMC Ret.). Petersen was the first black USMC aviator and the first black Marine to become a three-star general. Petersen participated in two combat tours, South Korea in 1953 and Vietnam in 1968. He has flown over 350 combat missions and has exceeded 4,000 hours with a variety of fighters and attack aircraft. Petersen died in August 2015 at the age of 83.
The Petersen award included the Defense Superior Service Medal, who retired in 1988 after 38 years of service. A corps of achievements in battle “V”. Distinguished Flying Cross; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; Navy Award Medal for Combat “V”. And the Air Force commendation medal.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is the backbone of the US Navy’s surface fleet. These highly capable multi-mission vessels carry out a variety of operations, from peacetime presence to national security, providing a wide range of combat capabilities in the air, above ground and below ground for multiple threats.
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