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March 13, 2015 / iDriveWarships

Ship to be Named After First MCPON, Delbert Black

SECNAV, left, and MCPON with Ima Black, surviving widow of MCPON Delbert D. Black, wear command balls caps of the Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG 119)

Today Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens announced that guided-missile destroyer DDG 119 will be named for the first MCPON, Delbert D. Black.

The late Master Chief Gunner’s Mate Delbert Black died 15 years ago after serving in three wars.

A legendary figure among Chief Petty Officers, Black established the role of MCPON, the Navy’s top enlisted leader. Black used his position to give enlisted Sailors more opportunities and a bigger role in decision-making.

The ship’s sponsor will be Black’s wife, Ima, a WWII veteran of the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). The ship will be built in Pascagoula, Miss.

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