The USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125), the newest guided-missile destroyer of the U.S. Navy, departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding Division shipyard on September 26.

The sail away of the first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is a historic moment for the program, signifying advancements in warfighting capabilities.

The commissioning ceremony for DDG-125 is scheduled for October 7, 2023, in Tampa, Florida, before the ship heads to its homeport in San Diego.

The destroyer is named after Pfc. Jacklyn Harold “Jack” Lucas, a WWII Marine awarded the Medal of Honor at the age of 17 for heroism at Iwo Jima.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are versatile, multi-mission ships with the ability to engage targets on land, at sea, in the air, and underwater, equipped with advanced weapons and sensors.

The destroyer was constructed at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, which is also involved in the production of future destroyers like Ted Stevens (DDG 128).

DDG-125 features the Flight III configuration, including the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar, enhancing the ship's warfighting capabilities.

Ingalls Shipbuilding is actively involved in the production of several future destroyers, reflecting ongoing advancements and expansion in naval capabilities.

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