The U.S. Navy newest surface combatant, USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) successfully conducts the final stages of sea trials.
The Arleigh Burke-class USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) is highly-capable, a multi-mission ship that can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence to national security.
According to major United States shipyard Bath Iron Works (BIW) USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) sets a new bar at final sea trials.
“The ship’s crew took her to sea on May 1 to demonstrate that the ship’s critical systems perform as they must in action. The Final Contract Trial (FCT) was the highest score of the four DDG 51s built since the program was restarted. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to making this a ship to be proud of,” according to a recent report by the shipyard.
Warships of this class provide a wide range of warfighting capabilities in multi-threat air, surface, and subsurface environments. The ship’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense radar will provide increased computing power and radar upgrades that improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern air warfare threats, as well as ballistic missile defense.
The Aegis Combat System will enable the ship to link radars with other ships and aircraft to provide a composite picture of the battle space, and effectively increase the theater space. New ships in this class, such as Thomas Hudner, have anti-ballistic missile capabilities as well.
The DDG’s all-steel construction provides a survivable platform.