The Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, USS Ramage (DDG 61), has been redelivered to the US Navy following the completion of refit and modernisation works.

The nine-month overhaul and modernisation, which was carried out by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, was completed four days ahead of schedule.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “It was a privilege to modernise and overhaul USS Ramage.

“The success of this project proves our shipbuilders have the skills and expertise to handle any project. Most of all, they understood the importance of getting this ship back into active duty for our US Navy sailors.”

“The success of this project proves our shipbuilders have the skills and expertise to handle any project."

Last September, Ingalls Shipbuilding was awarded a $14m base contract to carry out an extended selected restricted availability on the DDG 61.

Overhaul and upgrade works included material procurement, vessel alterations and repairs.

The company has so far delivered a total of 29 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the US Navy, most recently delivering John Finn (DDG 113) in December 2016.

The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission vessels that are deployed to carry out a wide range of operations such as peacetime presence, crisis management, sea control and power projection.

Built to support the nation’s military strategy, the navy vessels are capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles, simultaneously.

The destroyers are equipped with a variety of offensive and defensive weapons that have been designed to support the navy’s maritime defence requirements.

Image: The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding after a nine-month overhaul and modernisation. Photo: courtesy of HII.