USS Manchester (LCS 14) Commissioned

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The crew of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) man the rails during the ship’s commissioning ceremony after the ship’s sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) gives the traditional order to ‘man this ship and bring her to life.’ Manchester is the 12th littoral combat ship to enter the fleet and the seventh of the Independence variant. The ship is named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire and is assigned to Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob I. Allison/RELEASED)


(Article originally appears courtesy of Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE)

The littoral combat ship USS Manchester (LCS 14) was commissioned as the Navy’s newest surface combatant in a ceremony in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, May 26.

The Independence-variant LCS is the Navy’s second ship to be named for the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.

“The faces of the Sailors that ran to man this ship are the faces that I’ve seen day after day for the last 22 months as we worked to bring this ship to life,” said Cmdr. Emily Basset, Manchester’s commanding officer and a Seattle, Washington native. “They took the city of Manchester’s motto – work conquers – and they have personified the spirit of our namesake city. Each Sailor is highly trained and must do the duties that three or four would do on another ship. These Sailors are reasons to make us all proud.”

The ship’s sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), gave the traditional order to, “Man this ship and bring her to life,” signaling the Sailors to embark and officially begin the ship’s service as a U.S. Navy ship.

For the ship’s crew, the day was the culmination of months’ worth of work to get the Manchester prepared for commissioning, and having the commissioning in the ship’s namesake state was a special opportunity for some of Manchester’s Sailors.

“It’s really amazing to be on a ship named for [a city in] my home state,” said Information Systems Technician 1st Class Laryssa Noyes, from Derry, New Hampshire. “It’s really quite an honor that I’m here for this. It’s awesome because my family got to be here and see what I do on a daily basis.”

After the ceremony the ship will transit to San Diego to join Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One (COMLCSRON ONE) and eight other LCS currently homeported at Naval Base San Diego.

Manchester is the 12th littoral combat ship and the seventh of the Independence variant.

The littoral combat ship is a high speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatant designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. Paired with advanced sonar and mine hunting capabilities, LCS provides a major contribution, as well as a more diverse set of options to commanders, across the spectrum of operations.

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Navy Christens USS Cincinnati (LCS 20)

The ship’s sponsor, Penny Pritzker — 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, christened the new ship. (Austal USA photo)


(Article originally appeared courtesy UPI)

The U.S. Navy’s newest littoral combat ship was christened over the weekend in a ceremony in Mobile, Ala.

The USS Cincinnati, an Independence-class littoral combat ship, becomes the 11th ship built by Austal USA as part of the LCS program.

Cincinnati councilman and former member of the U.S. Congress, David Mann, spoke at the christening, and former Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker served as the ship’s sponsor. Pritzker broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow in keeping with time-honored Navy traditions.

“The future USS Cincinnati is a symbol of the strong connection between the people of Cincinnati and the Navy and Marine Corps team,” Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said in a press release.

“The ship serves as a testament to our commitment to growing the Fleet and our partnership with industry and the American public,” said Spencer.

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship is a high-speed, shallow draft, surface warfare ship designed to conduct anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasure missions.

The U.S. Navy has contracted Austal USA to build 15 littoral combat ship worth a combined cumulative value of more than $4.5 billion.

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USS Portland (LPD 27) Commissioned

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 21, 2018) Visitors cheer as the amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) comes to life during a commissioning ceremony in Portland, Ore. Portland is the U.S. Navy’s 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, third ship to bear the name Portland and the first ship to be named solely for Oregon’s largest city. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steven Tran/Released)


(This article appears courtesy Navy.mil)

PORTLAND, Ore. — As medals adorning their chests clang with each running step, Sailors rush past the brow to man their vessel.

During an official commissioning ceremony held in front of over 5,000 guests, the crew of the USS Portland (LPD 27) brought their ship to life in Portland, Oregon, April 21.

The Honorable Patrick Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense, officially placed the Portland in commission, the 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship to join the Navy’s operational fleet.

“The City of Roses has a ship worthy of its creative spirit and industrious heritage,” proclaimed Shanahan. “The acceptance trials are over and her officers and crew are ready. Wherever her flag flies, in foreign ports, on the high seas, in weather fair or foul, this ship will carry the spirit of this city on the Columbia River.”

While addressing the audience, Shanahan emphasized the importance behind the naming of the Portland, while touching upon the history of the first two ships to carry the name ‘Portland’.

“This is the first ship to be named exclusively for Portland, Oregon,” said Shanahan. “Her officers and crew will write the next chapter, and do so with pride. This ship will carry our power and goodwill anywhere they are needed.”

Since departing Pascagoula, Miss. the ship and her crew have sailed 9,930 nautical miles, conducted a crossing the line ceremony, and sailed through the historic Panama Canal on their way to their designated homeport of San Diego.

“Since Dec. 1775, commissioning ceremonies have been an honored Naval tradition celebrating, accepting, and welcoming a new ship into the fleet,” said Capt. J. R. Hill, Portland’s commanding officer. “When USS Portland was brought to life during today’s ceremony, I was humbled as I thought back to the dedication and passion the crew demonstrated throughout our journey to this culminating moment.”

Speaking on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, deputy CNO Vice Adm. Dixon Smith went down memory lane, recalling the history of the Oregon Shipyard, which during the height of World War II launched 24 ships in only 30 days.

“The USS Portland has joined the ever growing list of reasons for Portlanders to be proud,” said Smith. “The men and women of this crew come from all across the nation and will soon sail, perhaps into harm’s way, to keep us safe here at home.”

Upon conclusion of the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the 684-foot war fighting vessel, where they could experience the state of the art design that will continue to sail decades from today with future generations of Sailors and Marines aboard.

Portland’s motto, ‘First Responders, Brave and Determined’ made having the ceremony in Portland — with the city’s first responders present — even more meaningful for all in attendance,” said Hill.

Prior to commissioning, Portland underwent multiple phases to prepare her join the fleet.

The ship’s formal recognition of transition from concept to reality began Aug. 2, 2013 at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding during the keel laying ceremony when the ship’s sponsor, Bonnie Amos, engraved her name upon a plaque, as a symbol authenticating the keel.

A mast stepping ceremony was then held May 20, 2016. This time-honored Naval tradition symbolizes the moment a shell becomes a ship, and her crew honors that tradition by placing mementos into a time capsule for future Portland Sailors to discover.

Portland was officially launched May 21, 2016 after a ceremonial christening was held Feb. 13, 2016.

Today, Portland boasts a heavy arsenal of capabilities beneath the hood. Amphibious transport dock ships are versatile players in maritime security with the ability to support a variety of amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions, operating independently or as part of Amphibious Readiness Group (ARGs), Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs), or Joint Task Forces (JTFs). In addition to performing their primary mission, the San Antonio-class ships support anti-piracy operations, provide humanitarian assistance, and foreign disaster relief operations around the world.


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USS Indianapolis (LCS 17) Christened in Wisconsin

Ship sponsor Jill Donnelly breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow during the christening ceremony for the nation’s 17th Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Indianapolis, at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on April 14. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)


(Article appears courtesy Lockheed Martin/PRNewsWire)

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team hosted the christening ceremony for the 17th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard today.

Ship sponsor Jill Donnelly christened LCS 17, the future USS Indianapolis, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship’s bow.

“As a native Hoosier and the daughter of two World War II veterans, there is no greater honor than to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Indianapolis,” Donnelly said. “This ship pays tribute to the legacy of brave and resilient sailors, and I know the people of Indianapolis – and all Hoosiers – will support this ship and her future crews for decades to come.”

The future USS Indianapolis is named in honor of the incredibly brave men and women in uniform who have served our country for generations and who continue to serve today. LCS 17 will be the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the Indianapolis name. She will undergo additional outfitting and testing at Fincantieri Marinette Marine before her anticipated delivery next year.

“The Freedom-variant LCS is flexible and capable, and plays a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s fleet,” said Joe DePietro, vice president, Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin. “With an active production and testing, we are committed to delivering Indianapolis and her highly capable sister ships into combatant commanders’ hands quickly.”

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date. The future USS Indianapolis is one of eight ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.

The Lockheed Martin-led LCS team is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 800 suppliers in 42 states. The LCS is the Navy’s most affordable surface combatant shipbuilding program.

The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull design is based on a proven, resilient design recognized for its stability and reliability.


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USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioned

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GROTON, Conn. (March 17, 2018) USS Colorado (SSN 788) Ship Sponsor, Annie Mabus delivers remarks to attendees and crew during the boat’s commissioning ceremony. Colorado is the U.S. Navy’s 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and the second ship fourth ship named for the State of Colorado. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson/Released)


(This article originally appeared courtesy U.S. Navy)

By Commander, Submarine Forces Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) — Colorado is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state and was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

“To the crew of USS Colorado, this is your day” said Mabus, addressing the crowd and ship’s company during the ceremony. “The commissioning crew truly does bring life to the boat. The pride I feel for the crew of this boat knows no bounds.”

As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities.

“This is an amazing group of Sailors that are outfitted here. Every day we are doing something new for the first time. Just in the time that I’ve been here, I’ve watch the team transform into a high performance team that is able to operate the Navy’s newest and most capable war fighting ship at sea, in the harsh ocean environments, ready to carry out our mission,” said Cmdr. Reed Koepp II, Colorado’s commanding officer, as he underscored the boat’s most important asset: the crew. “I have seen them achieve greatness in qualifications and I have seen them build to a level of experience and expertise, ready to start executing the nation’s missions and get through our initial tactical certifications and engineering readiness.”

Colorado is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of Special Operations Forces (SOF), strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.

Colorado is a part of the Virginia-class’ third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs. Colorado features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs) each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.

After the ceremony, Colorado was opened up for tours to the general public, to include the crew’s mess, the wardroom, control, and the torpedo room.

“Our submarines are in high demand today and the expectations for Colorado are a mile high,” said Director of Naval Reactors, Adm. J. Franklin Caldwell, Jr. as he addressing the attendees. “In her lifetime, Colorado will travel thousands of miles undetected to protect our nation and our interests around the globe. We cannot begin to imagine all the missions that she will do and all of the places she will sail, but we do know that Colorado’s stealth, her endurance, her combat power, and her speed will ensure that our Navy remains in control of the undersea domain.”

Colorado also has special features to support Special Forces, including a reconfigurable torpedo room which can accommodate a large number of personnel and all their equipment for prolonged deployments and future off-board payloads.

“We are very proud to represent the great state of Colorado and we are very excited for the future of the ship,” said Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Col. “I can honestly say I have the greatest job in the Navy.”

Also, in Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been replaced by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms, which are maneuvered by a Xbox controller. Through the extensive use of modular construction, open architecture, and commercial off-the-shelf components, the Virginia-class is designed to remain at the cutting edge for its entire operational life through the rapid introduction of new systems and payloads.

“I couldn’t be more proud and honored to serve with and for the crew,” said Koepp. “The Colorado is a gem of an assignment for any submariner, whether you are a first-term, junior Sailor or you are the commanding officer. I couldn’t be more proud to lead and serve with the crew.

SSN 788 was built at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn and is 7,800 tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet and operates at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a nuclear reactor plant that does not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

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USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) Commissioned

USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning (Defense Media Activity-Navy Production)


(This article originally appeared courtesy Charleston Post and Courier)

By Gregory Yee (Post and Courier)

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott stood atop the deck of the massive gray warship docked in Charleston Harbor on Saturday morning and asked members of the crowd to transport themselves back to 1968 — a time of social strife amid the civil rights movement.

Out of that period and out of Charleston, a city with its own history of racial issues, comes a singular story: that of Pfc. Ralph Johnson, a Marine who was killed in Vietnam after jumping on a grenade that landed in his fighting hole, Scott said. His actions cost him his life but saved two fellow Marines and earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.

“Ralph began a legacy that should last through eternity,” he said.

Scott, R-S.C., was among several speakers at a commissioning ceremony for the USS Ralph Johnson, the Navy’s newest destroyer. A crowd of about 6,000 gathered to watch as the ship officially came on duty for the first time.

During the ceremony, many spoke about Johnson’s sacrifice and the legacy that the 19-year-old left after he dove belly-first onto the grenade and shouted a warning to others.

“I am proud to serve a city that could produce such an extraordinary man,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told the crowd.

Helen Richards, Johnson’s sister, said she and her family are honored to have the ship named after their relative and said two of his grandnieces and a niece are currently serving active duty in the military. Another niece retired from the Air Force.

“It was stated that the crew takes on the spirit of the namesake, which I personally witnessed upon the embarkment of the (USS Ralph) Johnson,” Richards said. “On behalf of the Johnson family, we are both inspired and forever grateful for the generosity of love shown toward us.”

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Johnson’s sacrifice should prompt all who know of his story to look at themselves and ask, “How then do I live?”

“He was from us but above us,” Sanford, R-S.C., said. “He lived a life that was beyond himself.”

The 509-foot warship is the Navy’s 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. It carries two helicopters, missiles, torpedoes and up to 338 crew members. Its top speed is 35 mph.

Gen. Robert Neller, Marine Corps commandant, spoke about the ship’s capabilities and how it will carry on the spirit of bravery exemplified by Johnson.

“This ship was designed to fight,” Neller said. “It’s here to go fast and in harm’s way, and that’s what we expect. … As long as we have citizens like Ralph Johnson, we’re going to be just fine.”

     

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    USNS Burlington (T EPF 10) Christened

    Marcelle Leahy Christens the USNS Burlington (YouTube)


    (This article originally appeared courtesy WKRG News)

    Marcelle Leahy breaks a bottle over the newest ship named for the largest city in Vermont.  She’s the ship’s sponsor and the wife of longtime Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy.  Senator Leahy says he’s proud of the new ship.

    “We spend a lot on our military and we want them prepared for the threats of today not from yesterday and this gives us a lot of flexibility it can also be a vessel in rescue operations,” said Senator Leahy.  Austal is contracted to build at least two more EPFs.  Friday President Trump also had a special announcement for Austal in Mobile.  Friday Trump announced the name of the latest LCS.  The USS Canberra, which will eventually be built in Mobile, is named after Australia’s capital city.

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    USS South Dakota (SSN 790) Christened

    USS South Dakota Sponsor Deanie Dempsey authenticates the keel of the nuclear submarine at a ceremony held April 4, 2016 at Electric Boat’s Quonset Point, R.I., facility. (General Dynamics Electric Boat)


    (This article originally appeared courtesy of the Hartford Courant)

    The USS South Dakota, the ninth Virginia-class submarine built by General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy, was unveiled and christened in Groton on Saturday.

    The nuclear attack submarine, which will be home to a crew of about 130 people, was built in the early stages of a massive ramping-up for Electric Boat, which operates a shipyard in Groton and a design and engineering facility in New London.

    U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, one of several Connecticut officials who participated in Saturday’s christening, called it a “renaissance area of growth and innovation” for the town, which is sometimes referred to as the Submarine Capital of the World.

    “As those of us in Connecticut know, this shipyard looks dramatically different today than nine years ago, when South Dakota was first authorized by Congress,” he said, At that time, Electric Boat’s facilities in Groton and Quonset Point, R.I., were producing just one submarine a year, he said.

    Since then, Electric Boat’s workforce has grown from fewer than 10,000 people to 16,000 — about 2,000 of whom have been hired since Jan. 1. The company also is planning to upgrade and modernize its Groton and Rhode Island shipyards and hire another 2,000 people in the coming years to help develop the next generation of nuclear submarines, Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger said Saturday.

    “All I can say to [sub Cmdr. Ron Withrow] and the crew, ‘You brought us good fortune over the last nine years and hopefully it will stay with us long after you go to sea,’ ” Courtney said.

    Six more Virginia-class ships are under construction by Electric Boat as part of a contract for 28 ships, shared with construction partner Newport News Shipbuilding. The South Dakota was the 17th Virginia-class ship to be completed.

    Electric Boat is also beginning to prepare for its next Navy contract, a $5.1 billion award to design and build the lead submarine in the new Columbia class, a ship that will be nearly three times bigger than the South Dakota, which can displace about 7,700 tons of water.

    Once commissioned, the Columbia fleet will carry about 70 percent of the nation’s nuclear arsenal, according to Electric Boat.

    To prepare for the future workload, Electric Boat also revitalized its apprenticeship programs and doubled its investment in employee training and development, Geiger said.

    “We are excited by this opportunity and committed to meeting the expectations of the Navy,” he said.

    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he was grateful for the chance to celebrate the current workforce. He called the completion of South Dakota, which took four years to build, an example of Electric Boat’s hard work, excellence and integrity.

    “Submarines have never been more important to our national defense for their stealth, strength, survivability and reversibility,” he said. “The technological wonder that submarines are today are unexcelled by any world power and they give us strength that is unmatched in the world today for projecting power.”


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    PCU Minneapolis-St Paul Keel Laid

    (Photo from KLUK TV/SEAWAVES)

    (Photo and article originally appeared courtesy of SEAWAVES)

    The U.S. Navy held a keel laying and authentication ceremony for the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21) in Marinette, Feb. 22.

    The initials of the ship’s sponsor, Jodi Greene, were welded onto a keel plate that will be permanently affixed to the ship. While the keel laying has traditionally represented the formal start of a ship’s construction, advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months in advance. Today, the keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship’s components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship.

    “The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have a strong bond with the Navy. This littoral combat ship (LCS) will be the second ship to bear the cities’ name and will reaffirm that bond,” said Capt. Mike Taylor, LCS program manager. “We are honored to lay the keel of a ship which will protect our freedom and keep us safe as our Sailors operate her on the world’s seas.”

    The ship is being built by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin at Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette. The future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be approximately 388 feet in length and have a width of nearly 58 feet.

    LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship designed to meet validated fleet requirements for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures missions in the littoral region. An interchangeable mission package is embarked on each LCS and provides the primary mission systems in one of these warfare areas. Using an open architecture design, modular weapons, sensor systems and a variety of manned and unmanned vehicles to gain, sustain and exploit littoral maritime supremacy, LCS provides U.S. joint forces access to critical theaters.

    Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet.

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    USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Christening

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Nov. 4, 2017) Ship’s Sponsor Ima J. Black christens DDG 119, the destroyer named for her late husband, Delbert D. Black, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Also pictured, left to right, are Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss.; Lt. Cmdr. Mark Gallagher, prospective executive officer, DDG 119; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano; Marilyn Kendall, matron of honor; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy Huntington Ingals Industries by Andrew Young/Released)


    Originally published in MAREX, 4 November 2017.

    The U.S. Navy christened its newest guided-missile destroyer the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on Saturday Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding.

    The future USS Delbert D. Black is the first ship to bear the name of a Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) and is named for the first person to hold that office. Black began his 30-year Navy career in the spring of 1941. After completing recruit training, he reported to his first assignment USS Maryland (BB 46) in Pearl Harbor where he witnessed the Japanese attack that drew the United States into World War II. Over the next 26 years, he rose through the ranks to Gunner’s Mate Master Chief before his selection in 1967 to serve as the first MCPON. The MCPON is the senior enlisted leader in the Navy and serves as an advisor to the CNO and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted Sailors and their families.

    Mrs. Ima Black, MCPON Black’s widow and a World War II Navy veteran herself, broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship.

    Delbert D. Black will be the 69th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and is currently the fifth of 13 ships currently under contract for the DDG 51 program. The ship will be configured as a Flight IIA destroyer, which enables power projection, forward presence and escort operations at sea in support of Low Intensity Conflict/Coastal and Littoral Offshore Warfare, as well as open ocean conflict.

    Delbert D. Black will be equipped with the Navy’s Aegis Combat System, the world’s foremost integrated naval weapon. The ship will also incorporate Cooperative Engagement Capability that when combined with the Aegis Combat System will permit groups of ships and aircraft to link radars to provide a composite picture of the battle space effectively increasing the theater space. The capability is designed to provide the Navy with a 21st century fighting edge.

    The nearly 9,500-ton Delbert D. Black is 509.5 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet and has a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

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