The US Navy has accepted the delivery of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), from the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
The delivery was marked by the signing of the DD 250 document. Named in honour of former US Navy Secretary Paul Robert Ignatius, the vessel is anticipated to leave the shipyard in June with commissioning planned to take place later this year.
Prior to the acceptance of the vessel, Paul Ignatius has undergone a series of at-sea and pier-side trials that tested its material and operational readiness.
Ingalls DDG programme manager George Nungesser said: “This event is the culmination of hard work and dedication by thousands of shipbuilders, industry partners from nearly every state, as well as our Navy SUPSHIP Gulf Coast shipmates who worked with us each and every day to ensure DDG 117 became a mission-capable ship.
“Today, we deliver DDG 117 to the US Navy – our 31st time to do this with an Aegis destroyer and well over our 80th time to deliver a Navy surface combatant on the banks of the Pascagoula River.”
Ingalls has so far delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the US Navy. The Pascagoula shipyard is currently building four DDGs, Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Frank E.Peterson Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first Flight III ship.
Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 51 class programme manager captain Casey Moton said: “Our industry partners have delivered another highly capable platform that will provide our sailors and nation with warfighting lethality for the next four decades.”
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are designed to support a range of operations, including peacetime presence, crisis management, sea control and power projection.
They have the ability to simultaneously fight air, surface and subsurface battles.