Future USS Thomas Hudner heads for commissioning site

Photo: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works

The US Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) left the pier at Bath Iron Works (BIW) on October 10 for open sea, General Dynamics Marine Systems said. 

The newbuilding headed for Boston where she will be commissioned on December 1 into the navy fleet.

Launched in April 2017, Thomas Hudner is the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and the 36th DDG 51 class destroyer constructed at the abovementioned shipyard. DDG-116 is named in honor of the late Capt. Thomas Jerome Hudner Jr. (Ret.), naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient.

The US Navy accepted delivery of the vessel in June this year.

Thomas Hudner is equipped with Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which includes an Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability incorporating Ballistic Missile Defense 5.0 and Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air. Aegis Baseline 9 IAMD destroyers have increased computing power, along with radar upgrades which improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern anti-air warfare and ballistic missile defense threats.

After commissioning in Boston, Thomas Hudner will make her way to homeport in Mayport, Florida.

Share this article

Follow Naval Today

Events>

<< Apr 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5

IDEF’19

Hosted by the Ministry of National Defense and under the management and responsibility of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, IDEF 2019

read more >

UNMANNED MARITIME SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology 2019 is a crucial forum for the discussion of current and future projects and programmes…

read more >

Anti-Submarine Warfare

The conference will, in the presence of industry, provide a unique opportunity to understand what next generation platforms…

read more >