The U.S. Navy accepted supply of the longer term guided missile destroyer USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) from Normal Dynamics Tub Iron Works, January 26. Supply represents the official switch of the ship from the shipbuilder to the U.S. Navy. Previous to supply, the ship carried out a sequence of at-sea and pier-side trials to reveal its materiel and operational readiness. The shipyard can also be in manufacturing on future destroyers John Basilone (DDG 122), Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124), Patrick Gallagher (DDG 127), Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG 126), William Charette (DDG 130), and Quentin Walsh (DDG 132).

“Supply of this ship will present crucial capability to our floor fleet in the present day and properly into the longer term. All who serve aboard DDG 120 will probably be a mirrored image of Sen. Carl M. Levin’s dedication to our Nation by service,” mentioned Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 program supervisor, Program Government Workplace (PEO) Ships.


Future guided missile destroyer USS Carl Levin (DDG-120) at Normal Dynamics Tub Iron Works. (Picture by Tub Iron Works)

The contract for the ship, together with the title, was first introduced in a press launch from Normal Dynamics, mother or father firm of Tub Iron Works, on 31 March 2016. The official designation of DDG-120 as Carl M. Levin by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was introduced on 11 April 2016. On 2 October 2021, Carl M. Levin was christened on the Tub Iron Works shipyard in Tub, Maine. She is the forty second Flight IIA ship, and the fifth of the “expertise insertion” (TI) builds with parts of the follow-on Flight III sequence. She is fitted with the Aegis Fight System baseline 9 which incorporates built-in air and missile protection functionality.

A Flight IIA destroyer, DDG 120 is supplied with the newest Aegis Fight System. The Aegis Fight System supplies giant space protection protection in opposition to air and ballistic missile targets, and in addition delivers superior processing of advanced sensor information to permit for quick-reaction choice making, excessive firepower, and improved digital warfare functionality in opposition to quite a lot of threats. As one of many Protection Division’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is chargeable for executing the event and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, particular mission and help ships, boats and craft.