US Navy receives new Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John Finn

8 December 2016 (Last Updated December 8th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy has taken delivery of Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).

US Navy receives new Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John Finn

The US Navy has taken delivery of Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, John Finn (DDG 113), from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).

The delivery follows the successful completion of the ship's third and final round of sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico in November this year.

The trials were conducted by the navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) to validate the ship's performance.

"Years of working with the DDG 51 programme has created a team of shipbuilders who truly understand what it means to build these ships."

The DD 250 document has been signed to officially transfer custody of the ship from HII to the US Navy.

HII DDG 51 programme manager George Nungesser said: “Years of working with the DDG 51 programme has created a team of shipbuilders who truly understand what it means to build these ships.

“Today they share in the honour of delivering this ship on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and are able to take a moment to honour the men and women who will continue to carry on the mission that John Finn and his fellow sailors fought so bravely for. It is a memory that will last forever.”

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers have been designed to conduct multi-threat air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously.

Named after the navy’s first Medal of Honor recipient of World War II, USS John Finn is equipped with an integrated air and missile defence radar to enhance its detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats, as well as ballistic missile defence.

Powered by four gas turbine engines, John Finn can travel at speeds of more than 30k.

The 509ft-long vessel is the 63rd Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class destroyer, and the first of the DDG 51 Flight IIA restart ships.


Image: John Finn (DDG 113) sails the Gulf of Mexico during Alpha sea trials in October. Photo: courtesy of Lance Davis/HII.