The Commissioning Ceremony

 Marking the acceptance of USS RAFAEL PERALTA
as a unit of the operating forces
of the United States Navy

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The Commissioning Ceremony marks the official entry of a warship into the U.S. Navy.  A celebratory event, it is highlighted by the spine-tingling, unforgettable moment when the crew runs aboard the ship to man the rail, all engines are started, systems tested, and the ship is brought to life from the “cold iron” state it was in for the majority of the Commissioning Ceremony.

The Commissioning of the future USS RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG 115) will be on July 29, 2017 at Naval Air Station, North Island.    However, this cutting edge warship will be commissioned on the San Diego waterfront in a ceremony that will honor the ships namesake (who was raised in San Diego, attending Morse High School) and the crew who have dedicated years to preparing both the ship and training themselves to operate the ship.

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After the Sponsors Order to "Bring my ship to life", ships crew runs aboard

After the Sponsors Order to “Bring my ship to life”, ships crew runs aboard

 

Crew "manning the rail" at commissioning of USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) after bringing the ship to life

Crew “manning the rail” at commissioning of USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) after bringing the ship to life