Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

The 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 multi-function passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The lead ship, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke's lifetime.

USS Arleigh Burke in the Chesapeake Bay in 2013
Class overview
NameArleigh Burke class
Operators United States Navy
Preceded by
Succeeded by
CostUS$1.843 billion per ship (DDG 114–116, FY2011/12)[1]
In commission1991–present
Planned89 as of April 2020
On order12
General characteristics
TypeGuided missile destroyer
  • Fully loaded:
  • Flight I: 8,184 long tons (8,315 t)
  • Flight II: 8,300 long tons (8,400 t)
  • Flight IIA: 9,300 long tons (9,500 t)[2]
  • Flight III: 9,500 long tons (9,700 t)[3]
  • Flights I and II: 505 ft (154 m)
  • Flight IIA: 509 ft (155 m)
  • Flight III: 510 ft (155 m)
Beam66 ft (20 m)
Draft30.5 ft (9.3 m)
Installed power3 × Allison AG9140 Generators (2,500 kW (3,400 hp) each, 440 V)
SpeedIn excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range4,400 nmi (8,100 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried
2 × rigid hull inflatable boats
  • Flight I: 303 total[5]
  • Flight IIA: 23 officers, 300 enlisted[5]
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Aircraft carried
Aviation facilities
  • Flights I and II: Flight deck only, but LAMPS III electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG-51/helo ASW operations
  • Flight IIA onwards: Flight deck and enclosed hangars for two MH-60R LAMPS III helicopters

These warships were designed as multi-mission destroyers,[5] able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and anti-surface 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 anti-ballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms, operating on 15 ships as of March 2009.[8] 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.[9]

The first ship of the class was commissioned on 4 July 1991. With the decommissioning of the last Spruance-class destroyer, USS Cushing, on 21 September 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class ships became the U.S. Navy's only active destroyers, until the Zumwalt class became active in 2016. The Arleigh Burke-class has the longest production run for any post-World War II U.S. Navy surface combatant.[10] Of the first 75 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II, 34 of Flight IIA, 3 of Flight IIA Restart and 10 of Flight IIA Technology Insertion), 70 are in service as of May 2022. Currently 14 of the Flight III have been ordered, but another 28 have been envisioned, bringing a total of 42 for that flight and an overall total of 117 ships for the class.

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.[3][11]

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