BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Hundreds gathered to watch the christening of the U.S.S. Rafael Peralta DDG 115, a new navy ship constructed at Bath Iron Works.
The ship is named for United States Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico, according to the United States Navy.
On the same day he earned his green card, Peralta enlisted in the Marines, according to the Navy.
The DDG 115 is the 35th Arleigh Burk Class missile destroyer built by Bath Iron Works employees. It is the 65th ship of its class.
"It's easy to see that she is like the Marine for which she is named: proud, fearless, and strong," said Vice Admiral Robin Braun, the Chief of Navy Research.