U.S. Navy Launches First Flight III Guided Missile Destroyer, the future Jack H. Lucas

DDG 125 Jack H. Lucas

The first DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer to be built in the Flight III configuration, the future Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), was successfully launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding division, June 4.

The DDG 51 Flight III upgrade is centered on the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar and incorporates upgrades to the electrical power and cooling capacity plus additional associated changes to provide greatly enhanced warfighting capability to the fleet. The Flight III baseline begins with DDGs 125-126 and will continue with DDG 128 and follow on ships.

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The future USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) photo rendering by Huntington Ingalls

“Flight III ships will provide cutting edge Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability to include significantly greater detection range and tracking capacity. Launching the first Flight III ship, the future Jack H. Lucas, is another important step to delivering Flight III to the Navy” said DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Program Manager, Capt. Seth Miller.

The DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG 51) is a multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to operate offensively and defensively, independently, or as units of Carrier Strike Groups, Expeditionary Strike Groups, and Surface Action Groups in multi-threat environments that include air, surface and subsurface threats. These ships will respond to Low Intensity Conflict/Coastal and Littoral Offshore Warfare scenarios, as well as open ocean conflict, providing or augmenting power projection, forward presence requirements and escort operations at sea. Flight III is the fourth Flight upgrade in the 30+ year history of the class, building on the proud legacy of Flight I, II and IIA ships before it.

HII is currently constructing four other DDG 51 class ships, including the future Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) and Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) in the Flight IIA configuration, and the future Ted Stevens (DDG 128) and Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129) as Flight III ships. There are a total of 20 DDG 51 class ships under contract at both new construction shipyards.

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, sealift ships, support ships, boats, and craft.

USS Jack H. Lucas

Ship Characteristics

Length Overall510 feet/156 m
Beam – Waterline59 feet/18 m
Draft30.5 feet/9.3 m
Displacement – Full Load9,217 tons/9,363 metric tons
Power Plant4 General electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines; 2 shafts; 2 CRP (Contra-Rotating) propellers; 100,000 shaft horsepower/75,000 kW
Speed30 knots/34.5 mph/55.5 km/h
Range4,400 NM/8,149 km at 20 knots/23 mph/37 km/h
Crew380 total: 32 Officers, 27 CPO (Chief Petty Officer), 321 OEM
SurveillanceAN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (Raytheon Company) and Aegis Combat System (Lockheed Martin);
SPS-73(V) Navigation
SPS-67(V)3 Surface Search
3 SPG-62 Illuminator
SQQ-89(V)6 sonar incorporating SQS-53C hull-mounted and SQR-19 towed array sonars used with Mark-116 Mod 7 ASW fire control system
Mark-53 Mod 0 Decoy System
Mark-234 Decoy System
SLQ-25A Torpedo Decoy
SLQ-39 Surface Decoy
UPX-29 IFF System
Kollmorgen Mark-46 Mod 1 Electro-Optical Director
Aircraft2 embarked SH-60 helicopters ASW operations; RAST (Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse)
Armament2 Mark-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) with 90 Standard, Vertical Launch ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rocket) & Tomahawk ASM (Air-to-Surface Missile)/LAM (Loitering Attack Missile)
5-in (127-mm)/54 (62) Mark-45 gun
2 (1) CIWS (Close-In Weapon System)
2 Mark-32 triple 324-mm torpedo tubes for Mark-46 or Mark-50 ASW torpedos

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