DDG 51 Flight III  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2026
Total Production: 22
Unitary Cost: USD$1.8 billion
Also Known As: DDG 125 USS Jack H. Lucas
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls Industries
Parent System: DDG 51 Arleigh A Burke
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 97
Production Cost: USD$94 billion
Total Cost: USD$94 billion
Family Members: DDG 51 Flight I, DDG 51 Flight II and DDG 51 Flight IIA
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Description: The DDG 51 class destroyers have been designed to support carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious groups and replenishment groups. They perform primarily Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) with secondary land attack, Anti-Submarine (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) capabilities. The Mk 41 vertical launch system has expanded the role of the destroyer in strike warfare, as well as their overall performance.

The DDG 51 class destroyers, as well as their European counterparts such as Horizon, F100, F124, Type 45 and De Zeven Provincien, are the most powerful surface combatants ever put to sea. The DDG 51 class destroyers incorporate all-steel construction and utilize gas turbine propulsion. They feature the AEGIS (Mk 7) weapon system with the AN/SPY-1D radar system (SPY-1D(V) in late production models), the AN/SQQ-89 undersea warfare system, the bow-mounted AN/SQS-53C sonar, and Mk 41 vertical launch systems for up to 96 Standard missiles and other missile types.

For enhanced survivability the DDG 51 class destroyers feature extensive armor located around vital combat systems and machinery spaces. Infrared, Acoustic, and Radar Cross Sections signatures have been reduced and the ship has been hardened against Electro-Magnetic Pulse and over-pressure damage. Protection against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) agents has also been provided.

The first DDG 51 class destroyer was deployed by the US Navy in 1991. They replaced Charles F. Adams and Farragut-class destroyers and will replace partially current Spruance and Perry-class ships by 2010. They have been deployed during military operations over the former Yugoslavia, Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq assuming the land-attack role using Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The US Navy plans to procure up to 63 DDG-51 class destroyers through 2010. However, these plans could change depending on DD(X) destroyers availability. The DDG 51 will become the backbone of the American Surface combatants fleet well into the 21st century. As of early 2011, the US Navy plans call for the procurement of 75 DDG 51 class destroyers.

The DDG 51 Flight III is a further version of the Burke-class destroyer equipped with the US Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) optimized for engagements against advanced anti-ship missiles and ballistic missiles. The AMDR is a dual band sensor that is scheduled for deployment between 2015 and 2017 remaining in service for more than 30 years beyond 2050. The US Navy plans to procure a large number of Flight III destroyers beginning in 2024/2025 with the aim to replace the Flight I and Flight II ships by 2035/2040.

DDG 51 Flight III News

There are 23 news between
2 Apr 2012 and 29 Jun 2020
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Monday, June 29, 2020US Navy Exercises Option for DDG 135 Destroyer
Friday, December 20, 2019US Navy Orders Two Additional Air and Missile Defense Radars
Friday, August 30, 2019Aegis BMD 6.0 to Be Integrated into DDG 51 Flight III Destroyers
Tuesday, March 19, 2019US Navy EASR Radar to Enter Live Testing
Tuesday, February 5, 2019US Navy AN/SPY-6(V) Radar Passes Most Complex Test Yet
Friday, December 21, 2018Bath Iron Works Awarded Contract for Construction of DDG 132 Destroyer
Wednesday, October 10, 2018SPY-6(V) Radar Tracks Multiple Threats and Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target
Thursday, September 27, 2018Huntington Ingalls Industries to Build Six DDG 51 Flight III Destroyers for the US Navy
Bath Iron Works to Build Four DDG 51 Flight III Destroyers for the US Navy
Tuesday, September 18, 2018US Navy Looking at Large Ship as Ticonderoga Cruisers Replacement

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 221
Defensive Weapons
Standard SM-2 Block IIIC
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Aegis BMDx1
Sensor Systems

DDG 51 Flight III Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
DDG 125 USS Jack H. Lucas-2026-
DDG 126 USS Louis H. Wilson Jr.-2026-
DDG 128 -2027-
DDG 129 -2027-
DDG 130 -2028-
DDG 131 -2028-
DDG 132 -2029-
DDG 133 -2029-
DDG 134 -2030-
DDG 135 -2030-
DDG 136 -2031-
DDG 137 -2031-
DDG 138 -2032-
DDG 139 -2032-
DDG 140 -2033-
DDG 141 -2033-
DDG 142 -2034-
DDG 143 -2034-
DDG 144 -2035-
DDG 145 -2035-
DDG 146 -2036-
DDG 147 -2036-

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