The U.S. Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Sept. 4, sailing to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.
“Our shipbuilders have done an excellent job throughout the construction of Delbert D. Black 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.”
The destroyer honors Delbert D. Black, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, and will be the first naval ship to bear his name. Black is known for guiding the Navy through the Vietnam conflict and ensuring enlisted leadership was properly represented Navy-wide by initiating the Master Chief program.
Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) is configured as a Flight IIA destroyer and will be the fourth of ten Flight IIA “technology insertion” (Flight IIA TI) ships, which will contain elements of the Flight III ships which begins with DDG-125.
The vessel waslaunched at HII shipyard on Sept. 8, 2017, and waschristened on Nov. 4 that year. Shecompleted her builder’s trialson Feb. 22 this year and theacceptance trials on March 12. The Navyaccepted delivery of the destroyeron April 24.
The nearly 9,500-ton Delbert D. Black is 509.5 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.
DDG 119 was constructed with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which incorporates Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capabilities, such as increased computing power and radar upgrades, that improve detection and reaction against modern air warfare and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) threats.
As a Flight IIA destroyer, Delbert D. Black enables power projection, forward presence and escort operations at sea in support of Low Intensity Conflict/Coastal and Littoral Offshore Warfare as well as open ocean conflict. When operational, DDG 119 and her sister ships will serve as integral assets in global maritime security.
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.
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.