The Arleigh Burke-class of guided missile destroyers of the modern United States Navy (USN) is ultra-critical to American enforcement and protection of its interests and allies overseas. The series numbers some 76 planned vessels with over sixty-five already having been completed (across three distinct "flights"). On February 28th, 2012, the design of what would become the USS Thomas Hudner was ordered with construction to be handled by Bath Iron Works of Maine. Her keel was laid down on November 16th, 2015 and the warship was officially launched on April 23rd, 2017 with commissioning scheduled for some time in late-2018.
USS Thomas Hudner fights under the motto of "Above All Others". The warship represents the next step in the evolution of the Arleigh Burke-class, known under the designation of "Flight III" (three total flights dot the Arleigh Burke fleet), forced upon the USN after the reduction-in-number of the technologically-laden Zumwalt-class destroyer group.
The warship takes on the same form and function already established by the Arleigh Burke destroyer design standard. A singular turreted deck gun is featured over the forecastle with a bank of vertically-launched missiles just aft. Aft of this is the command bridge embedded within the forward superstructure. Atop this structure are the various critical communications, sensors and radar fits as well as a pole-type exposed mast. The first set of funnels is integrated as part of the forward superstructure. At midships is a gap dividing the forward funnel set from the aft funnel set and the latter is integrated into the aft superstructure which houses the aft-missile bank as well as a full-service helicopter hangar. The hangar opens out to the heli-deck at the stern. Two medium-class navy helicopters can be handled by the warship (typically 2 x Sikorsky MH-60R types). 2 x Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) are carried.
Power is served from 4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines developing a combined 100,000 horsepower and helping to drive the vessel to speeds of 31 knots. Range is out to 4,400 nautical miles.
Dimensions include an overall length of 513 feet, a beam of 66 feet and a draught of 30.5 feet. Displacement will be in the range of 9,220 tons under full load.
Armament will most likely include a 5" turreted deck gun, support for Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) weapon types (including Tomahawk cruise missiles) with local defense provided by 25mm Chainguns, 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) and a small collection of heavy machine guns. Triple torpedo tubes will be used to handle undersea threats. Various electronic warfare and decoy systems will be carried as well as 3D radar, air-search and surface-search radar, sonar and towed sonar arrays.
December 2018 - USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) was formally commissioned into service with the United States Navy on December 1st, 2018.
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
✓Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
513.0 ft 156.36 m
66.0 ft 20.12 m
30.5 ft 9.30 m
4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines developing 100,000 horsepower to 2 x shafts.
31.0 kts (35.7 mph)
4,375 nm (5,035 mi | 8,103 km)
kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers
1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 5" (127mm) turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).
1 x 64-cell VLS.
2 x 25mm chain guns.
2 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
2 x 7.62mm M240B Medium Machine Guns (MMGs).
2 x Mk 32 Mod 11 triple torpedo tubes.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
2 x Sikorsky SH-60 "Sea Hawk" navy helicopters.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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