According to information released by the US Navy on October 3, 2021, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) has arrived at its new forward deployment location in Yokosuka.
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Flight IIA of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (Image source: US Navy)
The USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the United States Navy. Ralph Johnson is the 64th ship of the class and was commissioned on March 24, 2018.
The USS Ralph Johnson is the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to enter service, and the third and last of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships to enter service. The Arleigh Burke Class Flight IIA, cleared in FY 1994, was a redesign that incorporated modifications for littoral (coastal) warfare on an elongated hull six feet above the ships of Flights I and II.
The USS Ralph Johnson is powered by a gas turbine. Using four General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines to produce 100,000 total shaft horsepower via a twin shaft design, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are capable of reaching a top speed of 35 knots on the high seas.
The USS Ralph Johnson is armed with a caliber 5 inch (127 mm) / 62 Mk.45 Mod. 4 naval guns, two 25mm Mk.38 automatic cannons, four .50 caliber (12.7mm) machine guns, one 20mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) Phalanx, two Mk.32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk.46 and 96 torpedoes – Mk.41 VLS (Vertical Launching System) cell capable of firing the RIM-66 Standard 2 medium-range surface-to-air missile, the BGM-109 Tomahawk long-range cruise missile and anti -submarines RUM-139 VL-ASROC.