Sen. Levin’s daughters, ship sponsors Kate Levin Markel, Laura Levin and Erica Levin, performed the bottle break with the Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro, looking on. The event was a great tribute to the late Senator Carl Levin, whose legacy will live on in DDG 120. The ship’s motto, “Tenacious in the Fight!” aptly describes Sen. Levin and the DDG 120 crew, as well as the BIW shipbuilders who crafted this beautiful ship.
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The ship’s namesake served in the U.S. Senate for 36 years from 1979-2015. As the longest serving senator in Michigan state history, Levin became a staunch supporter of the armed services through his work and leadership as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
“Technology Insertion” ships are fitted with elements from the future DDG 51 Flight III. DDG 120 will come 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. DDG 120’s delivery to the fleet is planned for Fiscal Year 2021.