DDG 119 is the fourth (of nine) Arleigh Burke-class, “Flight IIA: Technology Insertion” variant. “Technology Insertion” ships are fitted with elements from the future DDG 51 Flight III ships.
The ship was previously underway for Alpha trials in Dec., and will be underway again in Mar. for Acceptance trials, which will be conducted by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.
Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships said:
“The Navy and our dedicated shipbuilders have continued to make strides towards delivering this exceptional capability to the fleet, and performed well during builder’s trials. This ship continues the proud Aegis shipbuilding legacy and will provide the Navy with a 21st century fighting edge.”
DDG 119 will be built in the Flight IIA configuration with the Aegis Baseline 9 Combat System which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for Anti-Air Warfare. It is the first IIA to integrate an X-band search radar (the SPQ9B) with the S band SPY1 – a big step forward in air defense capability and a milestone on the way to FLTIII:
These multi-mission surface combatants serve as integral assets in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense, as well as providing increased capabilities in anti-submarine warfare, command and control, and anti-surface warfare.
The Delbert D. Black will be 509.5 feet long and 59 feet wide, with a displacement of 9,496 tons. She will be homeported in Mayport, Florida.
HII’s Pascagoula shipyard is also currently in production on the future destroyers Frank E. Petersen Jr (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), and Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first ship to be built in the Flight III configuration.