The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, the future USS Carl M Levin (DDG 120), has successfully concluded the acceptance trials.
The two-day long trials were completed on 9 December, and the new vessel has now returned to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.
As part of the trials at sea, Carl M Levin and its crew members carried out a series of demonstrations to validate the performance and capabilities of ship’s different onboard systems.
The systems included mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, propulsion applications, damage control systems as well as navigation and communications systems.
It also assessed whether the construction quality of this Arleigh Burke-class ship is in adherence with the navy’s requirements and specifications or not.
The entire process was examined and reviewed by the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
Programme Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 51 programme manager captain Seth Miller said: “The future USS Carl M Levin performed exceptionally at sea and is ready to deliver to the navy early next year.”
In another development, US Navy Secretary (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro has revealed the name of the service’s future America-class amphibious assault ship, LHA 9.
The vessel will be named, Fallujah, in remembrance of the first and second battles of Fallujah, in April and December 2004 respectively.
Del Toro said: “It is an honour to memorialise marines, soldiers and coalition partners that fought valiantly and sacrificed their lives during both battles of Fallujah.”
Furthermore, the SECNAV also announced the name of the sponsor, Donna Berger, for this America-class landing helicopter assault (LHA) ship.
Berger is wife of US Marine Corps 38th Commandant general David H Berger.