The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120), on June 24 in Baltimore, Maryland. It is 509.5 ft long, 59 ft wide and has a displacement of 9496 tons.
Video Credits: Chesapeake Bay Media
The commissioning of this ship was a tribute to the late Senator Carl M Levin, an advocate for the armed services in his 36-year career in the U.S. Senate. He died on July 29 2021, leaving a remarkable legacy of loyalty and dedication to national defence.
Many prominent dignitaries and representatives were present at the event, highlighting the ship’s capabilities, features, and crucial role in the DDG program.
The commissioning ceremony was held at 10:00 am EDT on June 24, and the principal address was delivered by the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy.
This is the 72nd Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be commissioned, representing the U.S. Navy’s commitment to maintaining an advanced and capable naval fleet.
With a Flight IIA destroyer configuration, the ship has power projection capabilities, rapid response capabilities, electronic countermeasures capability for anti-air warfare, and firepower.
After being commissioned, the USS Carl M. Levin will be homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The ship will ensure national security and protect the maritime interests of the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific.
Its acceptance trials were done by 2022 end while General Dynamics made the delivery at the start of 2023.
References: Chesapeake bay magazine, naval technology, Baltimore Sun
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