Christening the Ralph Johnson DDG 114 at Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding will christen its 30th aegis guided missile destroyer tomorrow. It was named in honor of a marine who hurled himself on top of an explosive device to save the lives of others.
The Ralph Johnson DDG 114 is named in honor of Private First Class Ralph Henry Johnson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions that saved lives during the Vietnam War. Johnson shouted a warning to fellow marines and threw himself on top of a bomb. He was killed instantly. He had been in Vietnam for just two months before being killed at the age of 19. Johnson was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon on April 20th, 1970.
Commanding Officer for the U.S.S. Ralph Johnson Commander Jason Patterson said, “I think the difference with this ship, from the ground up it includes some of the newest technology the Navy has to offer. I think it’s changing the way that we as a Navy operate.”
The Ralph Johnson DDG 114 will be christened tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.
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