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USS Delbert D. Black DDG-119 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer joins the US Navy fleet

According to a press release published on September 4, 2020, USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), Arleigh Burke-class destroyer departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division today, sailing to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.


According to a press release published on September 4, 2020, USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119), Arleigh Burke-class destroyer departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division today, sailing to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding to the ship’s homeport in Mayport, Florida. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)


“Our shipbuilders have done an excellent job throughout the construction of USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) preparing the new Aegis destroyer to join the Navy’s fleet,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “Today we celebrate the continued monumental achievements of our shipbuilders with great pride, and we look forward to continuing to build state-of-the-art Navy destroyers for years to come.”

Ingalls has delivered 32 destroyers to the Navy and currently has four more under construction including Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) and Ted Stevens (DDG 128). In June, Ingalls was awarded a $936 million contract for the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States military strategy. Guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

The USS Delbert D. Black was launched on 8 September 2017 and on 12 March 2020, the ship successfully completed acceptance trials, after spending two days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico.

The USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. It has a crew of 380 sailors including officers and enlisted. The Arleigh Burke class employs all-steel construction and comprises four separate variants or "Flights." DDG 51-71 represent the original design and are designated as Flight I ships; DDG 72-78 are Flight II ships; DDGs 79-116 are Flight IIA ships in service, and will continue through DDGs 124 and 127.

The USS Delbert D. Black is armed with one 32 cells, one 64 cells Mk 41 vertical launch systems, 96 RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc, missiles, one 5 inches (130 mm)/62 naval cannon, two 25 mm Mk 38 automatic cannons, four .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns, tow Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes, and one 20 mm Phalanx CIWS (Close-In Weapon System). 

The USS Delbert D. Black is motorized with four General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine Engines (GTEs). Each Engine Room contains two LM2500s, one propulsion reduction gear to convert the high speed, low torque output of the gas turbine engine to low speed, high torque output suitable to drive the propulsion shafting, and the related support systems and equipment. She has a maximum speed of 31 knots.