The US Navy’s Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) has successfully launched a Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile off the coast of Virginia, as part of a post-availability SM-2 (PASM) missile-firing event.

The vessel’s PASM was conducted as a part of the post Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) availability shakedown.

Arleigh Burke commanding officer Tom Myers said: "A lot of work and effort went into getting the ship to this point, and my ship and crew were ready.

“A lot of work and effort went into getting the ship to this point, and my ship and crew were ready.”

"We could not have gotten where we are today without the dedication and commitment of the maintenance community and our Aegis modernisation team.

"Their support was truly outstanding during all phases of the planning and preparation, readiness reviews, shipboard training and event execution."

According to Myers, the PASM event was concluded with exceptional results.

During a recently completed complex, year-long maintenance period, USS Arleigh Burke’s combat systems suite was upgraded to the navy’s latest Aegis Baseline 9 system.

The destroyer is scheduled to start combat systems ship qualification trials later this month.

Propelled by four gas-turbine propulsion plants, the 509ft-long DDG 51-class multi-mission guided missile destroyers have a displacement capacity of 9,500t, can cruise at a speed of 30k, and are equipped with advanced sensors, as well as weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats.

The vessel is equipped to perform a range of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management, to sea control and power projection, as well as simultaneously engaging in air, surface and subsurface battles.

Image: USS Arleigh Burke in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly.