The U.S. Navy’s 69th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), successfully completed her acceptance trials on March 12.
During acceptance trials, the ship’s crew performed a series of demonstrations for review by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). These demonstrations are used to validate the quality of construction and compliance with Navy specifications and requirements prior to delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy.
After spending two days at sea in the Gulf of Mexico for the trials, the destroyer returned to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding Division. The ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy later this year.
“The ship performed exceptionally well and demonstrated that the ship is materially ready to execute her mission,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The success of these trials validates this highly capable ship will be a force multiplier when she joins the fleet.”
“DDG 119’s exceptional performance during these trials is a direct reflection of the teamwork between Ingalls Shipbuilding and the Navy, said the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair Gulf Coast, Capt. Nathan Schneider. “I am proud of this ship and I am extremely proud of the Ingalls Shipbuilding and Navy team that built her. Right behind DDG 119 are follow-on DDGs that will be even better, including the first Flight III DDG which is a real game changer.”
“DDG 119 just completed a very successful sea trial demonstrating shipboard systems to ensure the future delivery of another quality, state-of-the-art surface combatant,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “From the start of fabrication to final sea trials, our shipbuilders have continuously demonstrated remarkable proficiency and craftsmanship in building Delbert D. Black and in preparing the ship for service in the world’s greatest Navy.”
DDG 119 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 best known for guiding the Navy through the Vietnam conflict and ensuring proper enlisted leadership 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.
On 29 March 2019, the ship was damaged at the shipyard when a heavy-lift ship allided with a barge that was alongside the Delbert D. Black. The barge, in turn, struck the destroyer, resulting in several people sustaining minor injuries and causing more than thirty million dollars in damages.
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 is being 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.
Ingalls has delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the Navy. HII’s Pascagoula shipyard is also currently in production on the destroyers future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr (DDG 121), the future USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and the future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first ship to be built in the Flight III configuration.