On Saturday, the U.S. Navy will commission the destroyer USS Ralph Johnson as its newest warship.

Named for a Charleston-native Marine who sacrificed himself to save fellow Marines in Vietnam in 1968, the Ralph Johnson will be stationed in Washington as part of the Pacific fleet.

We got a look inside the warship this afternoon on a tour with Navy ROTC Citadel cadets who intend to pursue careers in the U.S. Navy.


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