The US Navy has taken delivery of a new Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), from General Dynamics (GD).
The official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy represents the destroyer's transformation to operational status.
Michael Murphy, the last DDG 51-class ship to be delivered until the class restart ships begin delivering in 2016, has undergone four-day super trials prior to its delivery.
During the trial, US Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) validated the ship's weapons, communications, and propulsion systems.
Powered by four gas-turbine propulsion plants, the 509ft-long Michael Murphy destroyer has a displacement capacity of 9,500t; it can cruise at a speed of 30 knots and is equipped with advanced sensors, as well as weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers feature the Aegis combat system and SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar and are designed to carry out peacetime operations, crisis management and sea control activities to enhance US naval capabilities.
Designed for survivability, the frigate features a vertical launching system, an advanced anti-submarine warfare system, two embarked SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles, as well as Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles.
DDG 51-class multi-mission guided missile destroyers provide an array of anti-submarine, anti-air and anti-surface capabilities and support carrier battle, surface action, amphibious and replenishment groups.
Equipped with offensive and defensive weapons to support maritime warfare, the destroyer will be capable of conducting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously.
The first of the DDG 51-class programme continuation ships, DDG 113, is currently undergoing construction by Huntington Ingalls Industries while the DDG 114, 115, and 116 deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.
The commissioning of the DDG 112 frigate is expected to take place in October 2012.
Image: The US Navy's Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Michael Murphy (DDG 112) at GD Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, US. Photo: courtesy of Dominique M Lasco.