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Huntington Ingalls Industries comptletes Builder's Trials of Future USS Delbert D. Black

The future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) successfully completed Builder’s trials Feb. 22 after spending three days underway in the Gulf of Mexico. The trials were conducted by the shipbuilder, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Ingalls Shipbuilding Division.

Huntington Ingalls Industries comptletes Builders Trials of Future USS Delbert D. Black 925 001The destroyer DDG 119, the future USS Delbert D. Black - U.S. Navy (Picture source: U.S. Navy)

The ship was previously underway for Alpha trials in December and will be underway again in Mar. for Acceptance trials, which will be conducted by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.

Delbert Black will be 513 feet long and 66 feet wide and with a displacement of approximately 9,200 tons. Its propulsion system will drive it to speeds in excess of 30 knots, and it will accommodate a crew size of 304 Sailors. The ship will use a gas-turbine propulsion plant and Integrated Power System. Delbert Black will make use of the latest technology and weapon systems.

Delbert D. Black is configured as a Flight IIA destroyer, which enables power projection, forward presence and escort operations at sea in support of Low-Intensity Conflict/Coastal and Littoral Offshore Warfare as well as open ocean conflict. DDG 119 will be equipped with the Navy’s Aegis Combat System, the world’s foremost integrated naval weapon.

HII’s Pascagoula shipyard is also currently in production on the future destroyers Frank E. Petersen Jr (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the first ship to be built in the Flight III configuration.

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