The keel for the longer term USS Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), was ceremonially laid at Common Dynamics Bathtub Iron Works (BIW), March 30.
The ship is known as for Marine Corps Cpl. Patrick Gallagher, who acquired the Navy Cross for heroism through the Vietnam Battle when he managed to leap on and throw an enemy grenade right into a river. He was killed in motion only one yr later. The keel laying marks the 55th anniversary of his loss of life.
A up to date keel laying ceremony acknowledges the second of a ship’s building when two important items of the hull construction are welded collectively and joined, constituting a serious portion of the ship’s form. The authentication or etching of the ship sponsors’ initials right into a ceremonial keel plate will happen through the ceremony. The sponsors of DDG 127 are Gallagher’s three sisters: Teresa Keegan, Rosemarie Gallagher, and Pauline Gallagher.
“The longer term USS Patrick Gallagher will strengthen our maritime dominance and produce confirmed functionality to the fleet,” stated Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program supervisor, Program Government Workplace (PEO) Ships. “This ship and all who serve aboard will probably be a reminder of the steadfast dedication to our nation that Cpl. Gallagher exhibited.”
The ultimate Arleigh Burke-class destroyer constructed within the Flight IIA configuration, DDG 127 is provided with the Aegis Baseline 9C2 Fight System, which brings essential Ballistic Missile Protection capabilities to the Fleet along with the ship’s major missions of anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, and strike warfare.
BIW can also be presently in manufacturing on the longer term USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), USS John Basilone (DDG 122), USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126), USS William Charette (DDG 130), and USS Quentin Walsh (DDG 132).
As one of many Protection Division’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is liable for executing the event and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, sealift ships, help ships, boats and craft.