ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS DESTROYER

The guided-missile destroyer, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits the Chesapeake Bay on its way back into port, guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke
The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits the Chesapeake Bay on its way back into port. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class RJ Stratchko/Released)

Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar.

Arleigh Burke class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The lead shipUSS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke’s lifetime.

Arleigh Burke class were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missilesantiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missilesantisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar arrayanti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile antiballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms, operating on 15 ships as of March 2009. Some versions of the class no longer have the towed sonar, or Harpoon missile launcher. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross-section.

The first ship of the Arleigh Burke class was commissioned on 4 July 1991.

With an overall length of 505 to 509.5 feet (153.9 to 155.3 m), displacement ranging from 8,230 to 9,700 tons, and weaponry including over 90 missiles, the Arleigh Burke class are larger and more heavily armed than most previous ships classified as guided missile cruisers.

 

The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it pulls into Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit with the Nimitz Battle Group, Sailors ‘man the rails’ aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald
030312-N-0000L-001 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Mar. 12, 2003) -- Sailors Ôman the railsÕ aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it pulls into Pearl Harbor for a four-day port visit with the Nimitz Battle Group. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Bradley Lewis. (RELEASED)
USS Momsen (DDG 92) to monitor maritime operations in Southeast Asia in support of the global war on terrorism, USS Momsen (DDG 92) underway for their maiden deployment, Sailors stationed aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92)
060406-N-3390-005 Everett, Wash. (Apr. 6, 2006)óSailors stationed aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG-92) man the rails as the ship pulls away from its homeport Naval Station Everett. The Momsen is now on its maiden deployment to monitor maritime operations in Southeast Asia in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographerís Mate 3rd Class Douglas G. Morrison (RELEASED) ..
USS Mustin (DDG 89) as it gets under way from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Opelika (YTB 798)
The large harbor tug USS Opelika (YTB 798) helps guide the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) as it gets under way from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, March 19, 2007. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bryan Reckard) (Released) Location: YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA JAPAN 3
070111-N-4515N-509 Atlantic Coast (Jan. 9 2007)-The crew of USS Forest Sherman (DDG 98) test fires the five inch gun on the bow of the ship for training purposes Jan. 10. The Sherman is underway off the U.S. Atlantic coast on their last independent steam before they join USS Enterprise (CVN 65) strike group later this year. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Adam Nuzzo (RELEASED)
Three Arleigh Burke Class United States Navy vessels docked in Norfolk, Virginia, photo by Bryant Midura, July 2009