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DDG 51 Flight I  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 21
Unitary Cost: USD$1.1 billion
Also Known As: DDG 51 USS Arleigh A Burke and DDGMOD
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 II, DDG 51 Flight IIA and DDG 51 Flight III
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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 US Navy commissioned 21 destroyers of the DDG 51 Flight I class between 1991 and 1997. These ships are scheduled for decommissioning by 2030 being replaced gradually by the more capable Flight III destroyers.

DDG 51 Flight I Specifications

Crew: 323
Number of Engines: 4
Number of Weapons: 96
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 18 meter (59 foot)
Draft: 9.30 meter (30.5 foot)
Length: 154 meter (505 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Total Combined Power: 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Top Speed: 15.4 mps (30 knot)
Service Life: 35 year
Full Displacement: 8,315 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

DDG 51 Flight I News

There are 45 news between
3 Apr 2003 and 11 Mar 2020
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020First US Navy Destroyer to Receive HELIOS Laser Weapon System in 2021
Saturday, April 14, 2018France, UK and USA Launch 105 Cruise Missiles and GBU-38 Bombs against Syria
Tuesday, October 10, 2017Chinese Type 055 Destroyer to Increase Combat Capabilities
Wednesday, August 30, 2017US Navy Destroyer Successfully Shoots Down Medium Range Ballistic Missile
Friday, April 7, 2017US Navy Strikes Syria with only 23 out 59 Tomahawk Missiles Hitting its Target
Monday, February 6, 2017US Navy Destroyer Conducts Successfully Intercept of MRBM with SM-3 Block IIA Missile
Saturday, February 4, 2017Standard Missile SM-3 Block IIA Missile Successfully Excels in Interceptor Test
Monday, December 19, 2016US Navy's Standard SM-6 Dual 1 Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target at Sea
Tuesday, September 27, 2016US Navy to Upgrade Five Mk 45 Naval Guns to Mod 4 Standard
Wednesday, August 17, 2016US Navy Conducts Test Firing of SeaRAM Anti-Ship Missile Defense System

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America21

Grand Total 211
Cannons & Gear
Mk 41 Strike Length
Mk 45x1
Defensive Weapons
Mark 54x6
Standard SM-2 Block IIIB
Standard SM-2 Block IV
Standard SM-2 Block IVA
Standard SM-3 Block IA
Offensive Weapons
RGM-84D Harpoon
Tactical Tomahawk
Tomahawk Block II
Tomahawk Block III
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Aegis BMDx1
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 1Bx2
Sensor Systems

DDG 51 Flight I Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
DDG 51 USS Arleigh A Burke-1991-
DDG 52 USS Barry-1992-
DDG 53 USS John Paul Jones-1993-
DDG 54 USS Curtis Wilbur-1994-
DDG 55 USS Stout-1994-
DDG 56 USS John S. McCain-1994-
DDG 57 USS Mitscher-1994-
DDG 58 USS Laboon-1995-
DDG 59 USS Russell-1995-
DDG 60 USS Paul Hamilton-1995-
DDG 61 USS Ramage-1995-
DDG 62 USS Fitzgerald-1995-
DDG 63 USS Stethem-1995-
DDG 64 USS Carney-1996-
DDG 65 USS Benfold-1996-
DDG 66 USS Gonzalez-1996-
DDG 67 USS Cole-1996-
DDG 68 USS The Sullivans-1997-
DDG 69 USS Milius-1996-
DDG 70 USS Hopper-1997-
DDG 71 USS Ross-1997-

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