The US Navy’s Destroyer Delbert D Black (DDG 119) has embarked on its journey to its homeport in Mayport, Florida from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
In March this year, the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer concluded acceptance trials.
Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “Our shipbuilders have done an excellent job throughout the construction of Delbert D Black, preparing the new Aegis destroyer to join the navy’s fleet.
“Today we celebrate the continued monumental achievements of our shipbuilders with great pride and we look forward to continuing to build state-of-the-art navy destroyers for years to come.”
Ingalls has delivered 32 guided missile destroyers to the navy to date.
Other Arleigh Burke-class future destroyers Frank E Peterson Jr (DDG 121), Lenah H Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H Lucas (DDG 125) and Ted Stevens (DDG 128) are under construction.
Last year, DDG 119 was damaged when a Norwegian-flagged vessel struck a barge that subsequently struck the ship and caused delays to the construction.
In July, Ingalls Shipbuilding division was contracted to build an additional Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyer. The contract, worth $936m, was awarded by the US Navy.
The multi-mission Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are designed to perform diverse missions, including peacetime presence, crisis management, sea control, and power projection.
Equipped with integrated defensive weapons, they can simultaneously conduct air, surface and subsurface warfare.
Last month, Ingalls Shipbuilding division met the electronic systems light-off requirements of amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28).