US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the name of the next Arleigh-Burke class destroyer DDG 120 as Carl M Levin, during a ceremony in Detroit.
The ship has been named after Carl Levin, who had a tenure of 36 years in the Senate, and was a member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and its chair for more than nine years.
Mabus said: "I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry on the legacy of service and commitment exemplified by Carl Levin during his storied career."
The Arleigh Burke class destroyers are fitted with the Aegis combat system, which integrates the ship’s sensors and weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats.
Capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously, the vessels can engage in a range of missions, including peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection.
The Carl M Levin destroyer will be constructed at Bath Iron Works in Maine.
The 509ft-long vessel, with a beam length of 59ft, can achieve a speed of more than 30k. It is expected to be commissioned into the US Navy in 2020.
The destroyer will be equipped with a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems, designed to suit maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defence and vertical launch capabilities.
The US Navy’s littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) is expected to be commissioned into the navy this year along the Detroit River.
Image: An artist’s impression of the future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carl M Levin (DDG 120). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo illustration/Released.