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US Navy Receives First Flight III Arleigh Burke Destroyer

HII has delivered the primary Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), to the US Navy.

The vessel was constructed with a number of modifications to boost its functionality in comparison with the navy’s earlier guided-missile ships.

Flight III applied sciences concentrate on offensive and defensive weapon programs and improved maritime warfare help to match superior threats.

Among the many upgrades the Flight III configuration options are the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Protection Radar next-generation radar and the Aegis Baseline 10 Fight System.

Product of ‘Relentless’ Efforts

DDG 125’s handover adopted its acceptance trials final month. The US Navy performed a separate take a look at for the destroyer’s fight programs in January 2022, six months after its launch.

Building for the upgraded Arleigh Burke vessel commenced in June 2021.

USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Picture: US Navy

“Delivering the primary Flight III ship displays the relentless efforts of our shipbuilders and people of our Navy and provider companions,” HII Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson acknowledged.

“We’re dedicated to sustaining a constant and resilient destroyer manufacturing workforce to be able to be able to help the Navy and our nation.”

‘Historic’ Supply

The Arleigh Burke-class fleet contains multi-mission automobiles deployable for numerous army operations, corresponding to disaster administration, peacetime presence, sea management, and energy projection.

“Supply of the long run USS Jack H. Lucas is an historic event. Because the Navy’s first Flight III destroyer, DDG 125 brings essentially the most superior Built-in Air and Missile Protection functionality to the fleet,” Arleigh Burke Destroyer Program Supervisor Capt. Seth Miller acknowledged.

“I’m tremendously pleased with your entire Navy and trade workforce for delivering this ship. Construct a bit, take a look at a bit and be taught so much. Job properly performed!”

HII has delivered 35 destroyers to the US Navy so far.

In the meantime, 4 extra Arleigh-Burke Flight III vessels are underneath development by the corporate, together with the long run USS Ted Stevens (DDG 128) scheduled for christening in August, the Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129), George M. Neal (DDG 131), and Sam Nunn (DDG 133).