US Navy Christens Future Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer
United States Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced they will christen their future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer (DDG 119) the USS Delbert D Black. The name of the warship is meant to honor Delbert Black, the inaugural Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).He held the title from January 13, 1967 to April 1, 1971. MCPON is the highest rank one can achieve in the Navy, and it is given to the most senior enlisted member. It is similar to Sergeant Major of the Army, or Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. "In the navy, per traditional ship-naming convention, our destroyers are named after naval heroes,” said Mabus.
"A list of his tough duty assignments may give us a small glimpse of the service Master Chief Black gave to this country, but it doesn't even begin to cover the numerous lives he touched or personal sacrifices he made for his sailors and our Navy. He is a true hero." Arleigh-Burke class destroyers are used for a wide variety of operations, as the DDG 119 will be capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles all at the same time. It can be used for peacetime presence, crisis management, sea control, and power projection. It has an impressive arsenal of offensive and defensive weapons which will support maritime warfare including integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capabilities.
Thirty-three Arleigh Burke Class Aegis destroyers have been commissioned and are in active service. A DDG is 509 feet long with a 66-foot beam. It weighs 9,300 tons and takes approximately four years to build. A DDG Aegis guided missile destroyer is equipped with: • 2 x MK 41 vertical launching systems • 1 x 5-inch gun turret • 2 x MK 32 triple-barrel torpedo mounts • Advanced radar and sonar systems that allow it to engage targets in the air, on the sea and underwater • Four gas turbine engines that can reach a maximum speed of more than 30 knots Huntington Ingalls
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Posted on March 19, 2015
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