LAST UPDATE: May 24, 2012
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Designation: DDG
Length: 513 ft (155m)
Beam: 66 ft (20m)
Draft: 31 ft (9m)
Displace (Full Load): 9,200 tons
Propulsion: 4 GE LM2500, Gas Turbines; two shafts
Speed: 31 knots
Range: 4,400 nautical miles (20 knots)
Crew: 370
Helicopter(s): 2 SH-60 Seahawk
- AN/SPY-1D(v) Radar
- AN/SQQ-89 Sonar Suite
- 32 cell Mk-41 VLS For SM-2, Tomahawk, ESSM
- 64 cell Mk-41 VLS Aft SM-2, Tomahawk, ASROC
- 1 X 127mm MK-45 DP Gun
- 6 X Mk-46 LW Torpedoes
Ships in class: 35 + 4 building
USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), Norfolk, VA
USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Mayport, FL
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), Norfolk, VA
USS Lassen (DDG 82), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Howard (DDG 83), San Diego, CA
USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), Norfolk, VA
USS McCampbell (DDG 85), San Diego, CA
USS Shoup (DDG 86), Everett, WA
USS Mason (DDG 87), Norfolk, VA
USS Preble (DDG 88), San Diego, CA
USS Mustin (DDG 89), San Diego, CA
USS Chafee (DDG 90), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Pinckney (DDG 91), San Diego, CA
USS Momsen (DDG 92), San Diego, CA
USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), San Diego, CA
USS Nitze (DDG 94), Norfolk, VA
USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), Norfolk, VA
USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), Norfolk, VA
USS Halsey (DDG 97), San Diego, CA
USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Norfolk, VA
USS Farragut (DDG 99), Mayport, FL
USS Kidd (DDG 100), San Diego, CA
USS Gridley (DDG 101), San Diego, CA
USS Sampson (DDG 102), San Diego, CA
USS Truxtun (DDG 103), Norfolk, VA
USS Sterett (DDG 104), San Diego, CA
USS Dewey (DDG 105), San Diego, CA
USS Stockdale (DDG 106), San Diego, CA
USS Gravely (DDG 107), Norfolk, VA
USS Wayne Meyer (DDG 108), San Diego, CA
USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Norfolk, VA
USS William Lawrence (DDG 110), San Diego, CA
USS Spruance (DDG 111), San Diego, CA
USS Michael Murphey (DDG 112), Trials
USS John Finn (DDG113)
USS Ralph Johnson (DDG114)
USS Rafael Peralts (DDG115)
USS Thomsas Hudner (DDG116)
After building twenty-eight Arleigh Burke class destroyers to replace several existing classes of older destroyers and guided missiles cruisers in the 1980s and 1990s, the U.S. Navy embarked on a major redesign of the class in the 1990s to add hanger space on each new destroyer for two SH-60 Seahawk ASW LAMPS III helicopters. The older design Burkes had a landing pad for LAMPS III helicopters and could support them off deck, but could not house or effect any repairs to them.

Many of those destroyers and frigates being replaced by the Arleigh Burke class had had hangar accomodations and it became clear that more flight deck and hangar space for ASW helicopters was needed in the destroyer fleet.

The addition of the hangar space made for some other changes to the vessels as well. These included:

  • Adding approximantely 1,000 tons to the displacement of the vessel.
  • Lengthening the vessel.
  • Removal of the two quad cannisters for Harpoon missiles.
  • Removal of the two 20mm Phalanx CIWS on many ships (from DDG 85 on).
  • Removal of the at-sea reloading equipment for the Mk-41 VLS cells, thus opening up 6 more cells for missile launch.
  • Addition of quad cannister Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) to the VLS cells for CIWS.
  • Upgrade of the AN/SPY-1D AEGIS system to the AN/SPY-1D(v) standard for littoral warfare capabilities.
These changes have made the Flight IIA Burke destroyers a more potent fighting vessel and able to perform better in the multi-role missions of ASW escorts while sacrificing little in terms of its other war fighting capabilities. Indeed, these vessels are in-effect a new class and some refer to them as the Oscar Austin class, the first vessel to be built to the new standard and commissioned in August 2000, thought they are officially still named Arleigh Burke class destroyers.

To date, thirty-three of these vessels have been built with another underconstruction. It is possible that even more vessels will be built depending on the status and procurement schedule for fdollow-on destroyer and crusier classes, the DDX and CGX. Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers have a projected 35 year service life.

Jeff Head is a member of the US Naval Insitute who has many years experience in the power, defense, and computer industries. He currently works for the federal government helping maintain regional infrastructure. He is the author of a self-published military techno-thriller called, "Dragon's Fury," that projects a fictional third world war arising out of current events. Learn more about that series by clicking on the picture of the novel cover below:

DRAGON'S FURY-World War against America and the West
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