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Photos/Video: Navy christens destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen Jr.

USS Frank E. Petersen, Jr. commissioning May 14, 2022. (Lance Cpl. Dylon Grasso/U.S. Marine Corps)

With Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro calling it “the very best ship that our nation has to offer,” the U.S. Navy christened Aegis-class destroyer USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) during ceremonies in Charleston, S.C., Saturday.

The Petersen, built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, is named in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black Marine Corps aviator and the first black Marine to rise to the rank of three-star general.