VIDEO: Ingalls Shipbuilding launches DDG 119

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on Friday, Sept. 8 Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) on Friday, Sept. 8 Andrew Young/HII

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 — The future USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) was launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries' (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, Pascagoula, MS, Sept. 8.

DDG 119 was translated via Ingalls' rail car system to a floating dry dock. Once on, the dry dock was moved away from the pier, and it was ballasted down to float the ship.

"Production efforts on our Arleigh Burke class destroyers remain strong," said Capt. Casey Moton, DDG 51 class program manager, at the Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "With four DDG 51 class ships currently in the water and in route to delivery, the program is in serial production and leveraging production efficiencies."

DDG 119 is being 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, It will also incorporate Cooperative Engagement Capability. Combined with the Aegis system, this will permit groups of ships and aircraft to link their radars to provide a composite picture of the battle space, effectively increasing the theater space.

"A quality launch is a critical milestone in a ship's life," said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. "Our world-class shipbuilders have once again met this goal in launching DDG 119. We look forward to continuing this success as we prepare DDG 119 to join the fleet as USS Delbert D. Black as our nation needs these DDG 51-class warships in a timely and affordable manner."

"Translation and launch are always exciting events in the life of a ship," said George Nungesser, Ingalls' DDG program manager. "Our shipbuilders put in a tremendous amount of effort over the last few days to make this launch a success. The DDG program continues to see the benefits that come with serial production. Our team has the skills, knowledge and experience it takes to build these state-of-the-art destroyers for the U.S. Navy."

The ship is named in honor of Delbert D. Black, who served as a gunner's mate in the Navy and was aboard the battleship USS Maryland (BB 46) during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Black served in three wars and was the first Master Chief Petty Office

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