Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has conducted the second builder’s sea trials of the US Navy’s Delbert D Black (DDG 119) destroyer.
The Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Aegis guided-missile destroyer was named in honour of the first master chief petty officer of the navy (MCPON), Delbert D Black.
Configured as a Flight IIA destroyer, DDG 119 was launched in 2017.
During trials, the vessel’s main propulsion, combat and other ship systems were put to test over several days in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ingalls DDG 51 programme manager George Nungesser said: “It truly takes a team to accomplish what we did during this set of trials.
“Our shipbuilders, test and trials personnel, and the supervisor of shipbuilding team showed tremendous dedication to the programme while at sea. Our team will continue to prepare DDG 119 for the next set of trials and its future as a state-of-the-art navy destroyer.”
The ship completed Alpha trials in December and will undergo Acceptance trials next month with the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.
Four DDGs are currently under construction at Ingalls shipbuilding facility. These include Delbert D Black (DDG 119), Frank E Petersen Jr (DDG 121), Lenah H Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and the first Flight III ship Jack H Lucas (DDG 125).
The US Navy has taken delivery of 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers from Ingalls so far.
Equipped with several offensive and defensive weapons, these destroyers are capable of conducting a variety of operations ranging from sea control and power projection to peacetime presence and crisis management.