DDG 51 Flight III modernization of USS Ted Stevens has begun
WASHINGTON — A keel-laying ceremony was held for the 78th Arleigh Burke-class ship USS Ted Stevens [DDG 128], built for the US Navy, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceTurk.
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The keel-laying ceremony represents the assembly of modular components of a ship at the land level. The keel is marked with the ship’s supporters’ initials engraved on the plate as part of the ceremony.
The DDG 51 Flight III modernization focuses on the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar. In this context, modernization includes improvements in electrical power, cooling capacity, and related additional changes to provide the fleet with greatly increased combat capability. Flight III is the latest Flight modernization in the class’s more than 30-year history, building on the proud legacy of its predecessors’ Flight I, II, and IIA.
In addition, Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding will manufacture the future ships USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee [DDG 123], USS Jack H. Lucas [DDG 125], USS Jeremiah Denton [DDG 129], and USS George M. Neal [DDG 131].
AMDR [Air and Missile Defense Radar, now officially designated AN/SPY-6] is a three-dimensional Active Phased Array Radar [AESA] under development for the US Navy.
This radar will provide integrated air and missile defense, even periscope detection for Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. In addition, variants of this radar are being developed to retrofit Flight IIA Arleigh Burkes class ships.
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