USS Delbert D. Black Commissioned in Port Canaveral

 In COVID-19, Sea, Air, Forces & Capabilities, U.S. Navy

The crew mans the rails of the Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), in honor of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert D. Black. DDG 119, is the first ship in naval history to be named Delbert D. Black,and will be homeported in Naval Station Mayport. U.S. NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U.S. Navy com­mis­sioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-mis­sile destroy­er USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Sept. 26, the com­man­der, Naval Surface Forces said in a release.

Due to public health and safety con­cerns relat­ed to the novel coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) pan­dem­ic, the com­mis­sion­ing was a pri­vate event.

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite was rep­re­sent­ed by James F. Geurts, assis­tant sec­re­tary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith plac­ing the ship into com­mis­sion. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday was rep­re­sent­ed by Adm. William K. Lescher, vice chief of naval oper­a­tions. The event was livestreamed to allow public view­ing of the cer­e­mo­ny for the ship named for the first MCPON.

MCPON Russell Smith, cur­rent­ly serv­ing as the 15th senior enlist­ed leader of the Navy, was the prin­ci­ple speak­er. MCPON Smith fills the role begun by Black as advi­sor to the chief of naval oper­a­tions and to the chief of naval per­son­nel in mat­ters deal­ing with enlist­ed per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies.

“This is the first ship to honor a senior enlist­ed leader in such a way for their con­tri­bu­tions in this realm and rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone achieve­ment that rec­og­nizes both the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the posi­tion to the Navy, as well the tremen­dous account­abil­i­ty to those enlist­ed Sailors we pri­mar­i­ly pro­vide advo­ca­cy for,” said MCPON Smith. “The vision and effort it took to move the idea of a Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy into an effec­tive real­i­ty cannot be over­stat­ed, and all of us have been the bene­fac­tors of his legend of ser­vice by advanc­ing the work that he began.

Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, com­man­der, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, wel­comed the ship that brings a wide range of warfight­ing capa­bil­i­ties in multi-threat air, sur­face and sub­sur­face envi­ron­ments to the pre­mier Surface Force in the world.

“The USS Delbert D. Black joins the Fleet during a time when its cut­ting-edge capa­bil­i­ties are most needed,” Cooper said. “I’m extreme­ly proud of this crew and know the pen­nant of courage, team­work, inclu­sive­ness and sac­ri­fice will be taken up and flown even higher with the Sailors who serve aboard the ship.”

Ima Black, MCPON Delbert D. Black’s widow and a former Sailor, served as the ship’s spon­sor offer­ing con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one who played a role in deliv­er­ing USS Delbert D. Black to ser­vice. Black served during World War II in the Navy WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

Delbert D. Black’s com­mand­ing offi­cer, Cmdr. Matthew McKenna, report­ed the ship ready to Adm. Lescher.

The crew will kick off Tulsa Navy Week as part of their com­mis­sion­ing. “Being that Delbert Black was a native of Oklahoma, I’m ecsta­t­ic that Tulsa Navy Week will high­light the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, name­sake of our ship, vir­tu­al­ly Oct. 5 through 11,” said McKenna. “This is much more than a cer­e­mo­ny; the com­mis­sion­ing of a ship is a cul­mi­na­tion of unwa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion. The ship is ready to be intro­duced to the fleet.”

Delbert D. Black is the 68th Arleigh Burke-class guided mis­sile destroy­er to be deliv­ered to the Navy and the first to bear its name. DDG 119 honors the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Black is known for ini­ti­at­ing the master chief pro­gram, ensur­ing enlist­ed lead­er­ship was prop­er­ly rep­re­sent­ed Navy-wide.

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