Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) is the 65th ship of its class.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
The destroyer can operate with a Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), as an element of a Surface Action Group (SAG), or independently. The ship can conduct a variety of missions in support of national military strategy. From peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, 115 will be capable of carrying out Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD), Undersea Warfare (USW), Surface Warfare (SW), and Strike Warfare STW in multi-threat environments.
The $679.6 million contract to build her was awarded on 26 September 2011 to Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. On 15 February 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the ship's named to be Rafael Peralta in honor of Marine Rafael Peralta, who was petitioned for the Medal of Honor for shielding several Marines from a grenade in November 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom
The USS Rafael Peralta was commissioned in San Diego by the United States Navy on
30 July 2017.
In September 19, 2008 a letter was addressed to President Bush and was signed by Congressman Bob
Filner and five other representatives urging President Bush to award the
nation's highest honor, the same medal he awarded Marine Cpl.
Jason Dunham, who was killed in 2004 after covering a grenade
with his helmet. The sacrifice of Sgt. Peralta manifests the same
devotion to One's comrade's and country as that displayed by Cpl. Jason Dunham. Sgt. Peralta was credited for saving the lives of at
least four of his fellow Marines. Peralta joined the Marine Corps the
day after he received his "Green Card" and became a United States
Citizen while in uniform. Before he set out to Fallujah, Iraq, he wrote his
14 yr. old brother Ricardo, he said: "Be Proud of Me...and be Proud of
being an American."
Rafael Peralta served his adopted country the united States
of America with enthusiasm and patriotism, In his parents bedroom walls hung only three items:
I. A Copy of the united States Constitution
2. A Copy Of the Bill Of Rights
3. A Copy Of his Boot Camp Certificate