5 Things to Know about Future USS Rafael Peralta

As the U.S. Navy grows more highly capable warships are being added to the fleet’s Surface Forces. One such ship, the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), will be commissioned into active duty naval service in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California tomorrow, July 29. With due pomp and circumstance, the guided missile destroyer named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta will be brought to life. Once the ship is commissioned it will serve the nation for several decades and surely, just as its namesake was, USS Rafael Peralta and its crew will live up to the ships’ motto of, “Fortis Ad Finem,” and be “Courageous to the End.”

The ship’s namesake was killed November 15, 2004 during the Second Battle of Fallujah, when Peralta used his own body to cover a live grenade, saving the lives of his squad members. He was 25 years old. In recognition of his selfless actions, Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon. He’s buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.


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