The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), has successfully completed Builder’s trials.
The vessel was required to spend four days at sea for the trials held off the Bath coast in Maine.
Carried out by shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GD BIW), Builder’s trials included a series of in-port and at-sea demonstrations.
The trials are conducted to help evaluate the vessel’s systems.
Early next year, the future USS Daniel Inouye vessel will return to sea from the shipyard to conduct ‘Acceptance Trials’ with the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.
As part of the acceptance trials, all systems will be inspected and analysed to ensure operational readiness before the US Navy accepts the vessel’s delivery.
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Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 51 class programme manager captain Seth Miller said: “The successful completion of these trials is a critical step to ensuring full combat-readiness of the ship.
“The Navy and Industry team is dedicated to adding DDG 118’s critical warfighting capabilities to the fleet and strengthening the Navy’s readiness.”
Fitted with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, Daniel Inouye will have capabilities such as ‘Integrated Air and Missile Defense’ and improved ‘Ballistic Missile Defense’.
It will provide faster response time, high firepower, as well as enhanced electronic countermeasures capability against various threats.
Bath Iron Works is also working on other future Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, namely Carl M Levin, John Basilone, Harvey C Barnum, Patrick Gallagher, and Flight III ship Louis H Wilson. It is also constructing the future Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson.
In March, GD BIW started construction on the US Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.