Tuesday, July 23, 2024

US Navy takes delivery of new guided missile destroyer

On July 8, the U.S. Navy officially took delivery of the future USS John Basilone (DDG 122) from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.

This marks the transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy, following a series of rigorous at-sea and pier-side trials to ensure its readiness for service.

The ship is named after Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone of the United States Marine Corps, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

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“The future USS John Basilone will bring significant capability to the fleet and strengthen our advantage at sea,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 Class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO), Ships. “DDG 122 and all of its Sailors will be a living reminder of the perseverance and sacrifice exhibited by its remarkable namesake.”

As a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 122 is a multi-mission surface combatant equipped to conduct Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Anti-Surface Warfare. These capabilities ensure the ship can effectively engage a variety of threats, providing robust protection for the fleet and contributing to the Navy’s operational readiness.

Future Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyers

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is currently constructing six additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), William Charette (DDG 130), Quentin Walsh (DDG 132) and John E. Kilmer (DDG 134).

Chuck Krugh, President of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, highlighted the dedication and skill of the shipbuilders in delivering the USS John Basilone. “Delivery brings DDG 122 one step closer to joining the Navy fleet, where it can fulfill its role protecting our country and our families. Our shipbuilders have put their heart and soul into completing this ship and have set a new standard of quality. Bath Built is truly Best Built”

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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