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Monday, March 16, 2015

SECNAV Mabus Names Destroyer After First MCPON Delbert D. Black

Delbert D. BlackThe guided missile destroyer DDG-119 will bear the name of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON Delbert D. Black, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus annouced in a Friday ceremony.

Black was appointed to the position of the service’s senior enlisted advisor in 1967 and position eventually evolved into the MCPON position.

“During his time as MCPON, Black served as an advisor to many boards dealing with enlisted personnel issues and as the enlisted representative of the Department of the Navy. He is also credited with the establishment of the command master chief program,” read the statement.

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