Huntington Ingalls Industries starts fabrication of destroyer Ted Stevens
The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries officially began manufacturing the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyer Ted Stevens (DDG 128). The start of manufacture signifies the cut of the first 100 tons of steel.
The name of the vessel honors former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who served as a World War II pilot, and later as a senator for Alaska.
Ingalls has supplied the Navy with 31 destroyers of the Arleigh Burke-class. Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Frank E. Peterson Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), and Jack H. Lucas (DDG125) are also currently under construction.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly skilled, multi-mission ships and can perform a variety of operations, from crisis management to sea control and projection of power, all in support of the military strategy of the United States. Guided missile destroyers are capable of fighting air, surface, and sub-surface battles simultaneously.
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