The U.S. Navy has announced that a Tracy High graduate, Cmdr. Brian Ribota, was taking command of a guided missile destroyer.
Ribota was selected as the commanding officer of the USS Rafael Peralta — an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named for Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who died in action in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The Rafael Peralta, DDG-115, was christened last year and is being outfitted in Bath, Maine.
Ribota — a Tracy native and a Class of 1991 Bulldog — will lead a crew of more than 300 aboard the $680 million ship when it launches late this year.
“The men and women of Peralta are the best and brightest our great nation has to offer in defense of our ideals and way of life,” Ribota wrote in a news release. “They are an impressive group of volunteer patriots who all citizens of this great nation should be proud of. It is an honor to stand the watch alongside them onboard this amazing ship.”
Ribota wrote that he loved his country and his shipmates.
“The Navy to me means service to my country and service to my sailors,” he wrote.
Peralta’s uniform, Navy Cross and prized “War Eagle” sculpture had been donated by the Peralta family to be displayed in the ship’s wardroom, mess decks, and Chiefs Mess.