The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), has successfully completed builder’s trials.
DDG 116 spent four days conducting a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations as part of the trial programme.
The builder’s trials were conducted to allow shipbuilder Bath Iron Works (BIW) and the navy to evaluate the ship’s systems, as well as assess its overall readiness prior to delivery.
Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 51 class programme manager captain Casey Moton said: “With the successful completion of these trials, we move closer to adding DDG 116 and her exceptional capabilities to the fleet.
“The navy and industry team worked diligently to ensure the ship operates at peak performance.”
DDG 116 is now set to undergo acceptance trials with the navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey over the next two months, which will see the inspection and evaluation of all the vessel’s systems and gears.
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The trials are to be conducted to confirm the vessel’s build quality and operational readiness prior to its acceptance by the navy.
The future USS Thomas Hudner represents the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile and is named in honour of retired US Navy captain Thomas Hudner Jr, a Korean War aviator and Medal of Honor recipient.
DDG 51-class ships are integrated with the Aegis Baseline 9 Integrated Air and Missile Defense system and have been equipped to provide enhanced detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare and ballistic missile defence threats.
The Aegis combat system allows a vessel to connect its radars with other ships and aircraft to create a composite view of the battlespace.
The future Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and John Basilone (DDG 122) are currently under production with BIW.
BIW is also constructing future Zumwalt-class destroyers Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) for deployment with the US Navy.