DDG 120 completes acceptance trials

Written by Nick Blenkey
Destroyer returns to GD Bath Iron Works

The future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) returned to GD BIW shipyard flying three brooms signaling clean sweeps of important performance tests [Photo: GD Bath Iron Works]

The future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) successfully completed acceptance trials on December 9, returning to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard flying three brooms signaling clean sweeps of important performance tests carried out during two days at sea.

“The only thing more powerful than a person with a can-do attitude is a team with a can-do attitude,” said BIW president Chuck Krugh. “This team made it happen! This ship set a new standard for what to expect from a BIW ship on sea trials. I’m proud of our shipbuilders, who produced another ship we are proud to call Bath-built!”

During acceptance trials, the ship and its crew performed a series of demonstrations for review by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). These demonstrations are used by INSURV to validate the quality of construction and compliance with Navy specifications and requirements prior to delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy. Many of the ship’s onboard systems, including navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, communications, and propulsion applications, were tested to validate performance met or exceeded Navy specifications.

“The future USS Carl M. Levin performed exceptionally at sea and is ready to deliver to the Navy early next year,” said Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The Navy is excited to welcome yet another of these multi-mission warships to our sailors.”

DDG 120 is named for the late Senator, Carl M. Levin, who served in the U.S. Senate for 36 years from 1979-2015. As the longest serving senator in Michigan state history, Levin became a staunch supporter of the armed services through his work and leadership as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

As a Flight IIA destroyer, DDG 120 is equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9C2 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities. This system delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability against a variety of threats.

Bath Iron Works currently has under construction the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) and Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127) as well as the Flight III configuration destroyers Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126), William Charette (DDG 130) and Quentin Walsh (DDG 132).

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