The US Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), has successfully completed its acceptance trials after spending two days underway off the coast of Maine.
During the trials, which included a series of pier-side and underway demonstrations for the navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), the navy tested a wide range of the ship's on-board systems to validate performance, which either met or exceeded navy specifications.
The on-board systems that were tested include mechanical and electrical, combat, navigation, damage control, communications, and propulsion application systems.
DDG 51 Programme Executive Office (PEO) Ships class programme manager captain Casey Moton said: “DDG 115 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials and throughout the test and trials period.
“This ship is another example of the excellent work performed by our navy, waterfront, and industry teams. As we continue with serial production of the Arleigh Burke class, I look forward to delivering more of these world-class ships to the fleet.”
Following its delivery to the US navy, DDG 115 will be the first of the DDG 51 FLT IIA restart ships and the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be constructed at the US-based Bath Iron Works shipyard.
Rafael Peralta features an Aegis baseline 9 combat system equipped with an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability, incorporating a ballistic missile defense 5.0 capability upgrade and naval integrated fire control-counter air capability.
The IAMD radar of the vessel will be capable of delivering increased computing power and radar upgrades, which can enhance detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats.
The Aegis combat system is designed to offer a composite picture of the battlespace as well as increase the theatre space by helping the ship to link its radars with other vessels and aircraft.
Currently, other future destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) are being built at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, which is under contract for three additional ships awarded as part of the five-ship multi-year procurement for fiscal 2013 to 2017.
Last week, the US Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), which is the ninth littoral combat ship to be supplied to the navy and the fifth of the Independence variant to add to the existing fleet.
Image: The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) conducts initial at-sea builder's trials off the coast of Maine. Photo: courtesy of US Navy Photo / Released.