USS Carl Levin (DDG 120) Christened at Bath Iron Works
(Source: US Navy; issued Oct 02, 2021)
BATH, Maine --- The christening of the future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) took place on 2 October 2021 at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. DDG 120 is the fifth (of nine) Arleigh Burke-class, "Flight IIA: Technology Insertion" variant for the U.S. Navy.
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.
Bath Iron Works laid the keel of DDG 120 on 02 February 2019 and launched the ship on 16 May 2021.
“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.
Future USS Daniel Inouye Sails Away
(Source: Naval Sea Systems Command; issued Oct 04, 2021)
The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer, the future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) sailed away from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard, Oct. 4.
The ship is en route to its homeport, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for its scheduled commissioning in December.
“Following delivery to the Navy in March 2021, the entire team has continued to prepare DDG 118 for this important readiness milestone,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 program manager, Arleigh Burke-class program office, Program Executive Office, Ships. “The fleet will soon be receiving an advanced warship capable of performing the core roles of sea control and power projection.”
The future USS Daniel Inouye is named in honor of Daniel Inouye, who served as a United States Senator for Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. He received the Medal of Honor on June 21, 2000 for his extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in Italy during World War II.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are multi-mission ships able to hold targets on land, at sea, in the air, and under water at risk with a suite of sophisticated weapons and sensors.
The other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers currently under construction at Bath Iron Works include: Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126) and William Charette (DDG 130), as well as the Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).
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