About the Commissioning


Fortis ad Finem. Courageous to the End.

This is the message the USS RAFAEL PERALTA will carry wherever it sails. This ship and these words will ensure the world will always remember and be inspired by the sacrifice of United States Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta, a young San Diego man who couldn’t wait to join the corps and serve his country, who loved his family deeply and put the welfare and lives of his fellow Marines above his own.

Welcome to the commissioning website for the USS RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG 115). We are honored and privileged to have this ship call San Diego home. The commissioning is expected to take place on July 29, 2017. We hope you will join us for the many events that will take place as part of this celebration as we honor and celebrate Sergeant Peralta’s legacy and welcome USS RAFAEL PERALTA to the active U.S. Navy.

We anticipate the attendance of senior military leaders, elected and legislative officials, and numerous business, and community leaders as we honor and celebrate the placement of the USS RAFAEL PERALTA into active duty. The commissioning ceremony is an official U.S. Navy event that is funded by the U.S. Navy and attendance is by invitation only due to limited seating.  The events surrounding the commissioning, are coordinated by the commissioning committee and funded by contributions from individuals and companies through the San Diego Council of the Navy League, a non-profit organization.  These events will include:

  • Commissioning Committee Reception
  • Sponsors Luncheon
  • Chairman’s Reception
  • Platform Briefing Breakfast
  • Post-Commissioning Reception

The funds will also support the purchase of plank owner plaques, a commissioning coin and honorary commissioning certificates.


Please visit this page often for news and updates surrounding the commissioning and the future USS RAFAEL PERALTA. For a schedule of events, click hereall events are by invitation only.  For more information on how you can participate in the commissioning (either with a donation or by attending), click here.

Benefits of donating include recognition on this website and in commissioning promotional materials, such as event signage and programs.

For more information, email infochairman@peraltacommissioning.org.

For media inquiries, email our Public Affairs Team at pao@peraltacommissioning.org.