We are honored to serve as the host site for the commissioning of the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). The commissioning ceremony will be Saturday, July 27, at 10AM. Tickets are no longer available, however the ceremony will be live-streamed at: http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/live/ah-live.asp. The link will become active approximately five minutes prior to the event (9:55AM ET).
DDG 117 is the 67th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the 31st DDG 51 class destroyer built by Huntington Ingalls Industries. It is the first warship named for Paul Ignatius who served as U. S. Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1967 to 1969. Ignatius previously served with honor as a commissioned Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II.
Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare. As multi-mission platforms, they are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.
Acting Secretary of Defense Richard V. Spencer will deliver the commissioning ceremony's principal address. Mrs. Nancy W. Ignatius, the ship’s sponsor and wife of Paul Ignatius passed away on Jan. 18, 2019. The commissioning ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Paul and Nancy’s granddaughter and Matron of Honor, Dr. Alisa Ignatius, gives the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”
Cmdr. Robby Trotter, an Arkansas native, is the commanding officer of the ship and leads the core crew of 310 officers and enlisted personnel. The 9,200-ton future USS Paul Ignatius is 510 feet in length, has a beam of 66 feet, and a navigational draft of 30 feet. The ship is powered by Four GE LM 2500 Gas Turbine Engines driving twin controllable pitch propellers to speeds up to 30-plus knots.
USS Paul Ignatius will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
The Annual Fleet Week Port Everglades Celebration, organized by Broward Navy Days, Inc., honors members of our military. More than 12,000 crew members from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will arrive at Port Everglades to participate in a week of community service and recreational activities. For more information, visit:
Broward County and its Port Everglades have a long history of welcoming members of the Armed Forces into our community. The Port served as a military base for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and has been the "liberty" port of choice for the U.S. Navy for many years.
Operation Clear Channel
The U.S. Coast Guard has kicked-off an initiative to keep navigational channels clear for commercial traffic such as cargo, petroleum and cruise ships. Operation Clear Channel was prompted by the increase in incidents where recreational boats blocked or hindered the safe passage of large ships in and out of Port Everglades, along with other major South Florida seaports.
Boaters on vessels less than 65 feet or sailing vessels are reminded that it is their responsibility to clear the passage for vessels that can only navigate within a narrow channel, according to Navigation Rule #9. Boaters violating this rule could be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or seizure of the violator’s vessel.
To learn more about Operation Clear Channel, CLICK HERE.
On August 3, 2012, Port Everglades had the honor of serving as the host site for the commissioning of the USCG Richard Etheridge, the U.S. Coast Guard's second Sentinel Class Response Cutters. The Sentinel Class vessels are designed to conduct:
The cutter was named after Richard Etheridge, the first African-American to command a life-saving station. Etheridge led the Pea Island, NC, crew in a daring rescue operation that saved the entire crew of the schooner E.S. Newman, which had become grounded in a treacherous storm in 1896.
On August 7, 1975, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, located directly across from Port Everglades, was formally commissioned. Its primary missions are search and rescue and drug interdiction. The phone number for U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale is 954-927-1611.
International navy fleets from Great Britain, Uruguay, Brazil, France, Germany and NATO also call on Port Everglades.