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Destroyers – DDG – Arleigh Burke-class

First commissioned in 1991, the Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers is the U.S. Navy’s first class of destroyers built around Lockheed Martin’s Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar. Named after the Chief of Naval Operations under the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, the Arleigh Burke is notably the first U.S. Navy class to be outfitted with anti-NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) warfare protection.

Engineered with a variety of advanced technology and survivability systems, the Arleigh Burke-class DDG is designed to meet the threats of today’s battlefield, as well as those of upcoming decades. To engage anti-ship missile threats, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are integrated with the Lockheed Martin-produced Aegis Combat System (ACS) which forms a cohesive unit with the DDGs’ sensors and weapon systems. The Aegis system consists of four subsystems-AN / SPY-1 multifunction naval radar, command and decision system (CDS), Aegis display system (ADS), and the weapon control system (WCS). Receiving data from onboard and external sensors, the CDS of the Aegis system provides command, control, and threat assessment via satellite communications. Receiving instruction from the CDS is the WCS of the Aegis system, which selects weaponry by interfacing with the weapon fire control systems of the destroyer.

The entirety of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is constructed from steel (except for the two aluminum funnels), with vital areas reinforced by dual layers of steel and 70 tons of Kevlar armor. The DDG has a rotorcraft platform for rearming and refueling of a LAMPS III Sikorsky SH-60B/F Seahawk helicopter.

The construction of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers is split among industry teams. Based in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Northrup Grumman Ship Systems (formerly known as Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding) won contracts for the production of 28 vessels. Based off the coast of Maine, General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works was awarded contracts for 34 vessels. The initial 21 ships (DDG 51 through DDG 71) are designated as Flight I. The following seven (DDG 72-DDG 78) are known as Flight II. The next 34 vessels are designated Flight IIA.

The following are Arleigh Burke-class ships and their respective homeports:

  • USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Barry (DDG 52), Norfolk, VA
  • USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), San Diego, CA
  • USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Stout (DDG 55), Norfolk, VA
  • USS John S McCain (DDG 56), Yokosuka, Japanv
  • USS Mitscher (DDG 57), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Laboon (DDG 58), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Russell (DDG 59), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Ramage (DDG 61), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Stethem (DDG 63), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Carney (DDG 64), Mayport, FL
  • USS Benfold (DDG 65), San Diego, CA
  • USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Cole (DDG 67), Norfolk, VA
  • USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), Mayport, FL
  • USS Milius (DDG 69), San Diego, CA
  • USS Hopper (DDG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Ross (DDG 71), Norfolk, VA
  • SS Mahan (DDG 72), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Decatur (DDG 73), San Diego, CA
  • USS McFaul (DDG 74), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Higgins (DDG 76), San Diego, CA
  • USS O'kane (DDG 77), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Porter (DDG 78), Norfolk, VAv
  • USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Mayport, FL
  • USS Winston S Churchill (DDG 81), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Lassen (DDG 82), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Howard (DDG 83), San Diego, CA
  • USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), Norfolk, VA
  • USS McCampbell (DDG 85), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Shoup (DDG 86), Everett, WA
  • USS Mason (DDG 87), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Preble (DDG 88), San Diego, CA
  • USS Mustin (DDG 89), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Chafee (DDG 90), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Pinckney (DDG 91), San Diego, CA
  • USS Momsen (DDG 92), Everett, WA
  • USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Nitze (DDG 94), Norfolk, VA
  • USS James E Williams (DDG 95), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Halsey (DDG 97), San Diego, CA
  • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Farragut (DDG 99), Mayport, FL
  • USS Kidd (DDG 100), San Diego, CA
  • USS Gridley (DDG 101), San Diego, CA
  • USS Sampson (DDG 102), San Diego, CA
  • USS Truxtun (DDG 103), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Sterett (DDG 104), San Diego, CA
  • USS Dewey (DDG 105), No homeport
  • USS Stockdale (DDG 106), San Diego, CA
  • USS Gravely (DDG 107), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108 ), San Diego, CA
  • USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Norfolk, VA
  • USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), San Diego, CA
  • USS Spruance (DDG 111), San Diego, CA
  • USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • PCU John Finn (DDG 113), Under construction
  • PCU Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Under construction
  • PCU Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), Under construction
  • PCU Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Under construction
  • PCU Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)
  • PCU Daniel Inouye (DDG 118)

The following are the specifications of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer:

Builder Bath Iron Works, Huntington Ingalls Industries
SPY-1 Radar and Combat System Integrator Lockheed-Martin
Date Deployed July 4, 1991 (USS Arleigh Burke)
Propulsion Four General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines; two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower.
Length Flights I and II (DDG 51-78): 505 feet (153.92 meters); Flight IIA (DDG 79 AF): 509 feet (155.29 meters).
Beam 59 feet (18 meters).
Displacement DDG 51 through 71: 8,230 L tons (8,362.06 metric tons) full load DDG 72 through 78: 8,673 L tons (8,775.6 metric tons) full load DDG 79 and Follow: 9,496 L tons (9,648.40 metric tons) full load.
Speed In excess of 30 knots.
Crew 276
Armament Standard Missile (SM-2MR); Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) missiles; Tomahawk; six MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts); Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 5MK 45 Gun, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) (DDG 79 AF)
Aircraft Two LAMPS MK III MH-60 B/R helicopters with Penguin/Hellfire missiles and MK 46/MK 50 torpedoes.


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