Today at Bath Iron Works, the keel was laid for John Basilone (DDG 122). During the ceremony, sponsors of the ship Ryan Manion and Amy Looney welded their names on the keel plate. “We hereby declare that the keel of the future USS John Basilone has been truly and fairly laid!”
November 21, 2017 - George (Chris) Christenson received the following email from his contact at Bath Iron Works about DDG-122, USS John Basilone.
We held a start fabrication ceremony on May, 22. The next milestone will be the official keel laying, which is scheduled for some time in in the fall of 2019. We’re very proud to be building a ship named for such an incredible hero!
Best of luck,
Senior Communications Specialist
Bath Iron Works
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. August 16, 2016 -- In a ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 122, will be named John Basilone in honor of the Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal, and was the only enlisted Marine to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross in World War II.
This is the second ship to be named for John Basilone. The first USS Basilone (DD/DDE-824) was a Gearing-class destroyer, decommissioned in 1977.
"It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of John Basilone," said Mabus. "I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry on the legacy of service and commitment exemplified by this Marine Corps hero."
The ship will be constructed at Bath Iron Works, a division of General Dynamics in Maine and is expected to enter the Navy fleet in 2022. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.