By lex, on January 2nd, 2010
Navy has gained something of a spotted reputation over the last few years in the shipbuilding domain, but the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer keeps right on chugging two decades later:**
Over the 22 years since construction of the first one began at Bath Iron Works, the ship has steamed into the record book: The destroyer’s production run has outlasted every other battleship, cruiser, destroyer and frigate in U.S. Navy history. The only warship in production for longer was the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, said Norman Polmar, a naval historian, author and analyst.
Thanks to a decision by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Arleigh Burke destroyer production will continue for at least a few more years. The defense budget signed by President Barack Obama in December includes money for the first of at least three more ships. There’s talk of many more being built…
“They’re fast and they move. And they’re a lot of fun to drive,” said Lt. Cmdr. Robert J. Brooks, executive officer of USS Wayne E. Meyer, a Bath-built destroyer commissioned in October.
Retired Rear Adm. Michael K. Mahon, the Navy’s former deputy director of surface warfare, said the ships run no risk of being outdated any time soon.
“It’s the envy of the world,” said Mahon. “Every surface warship officer in every navy in the world would love to command an Arleigh Burke.”
Yeah, and at least one brown shoe of my close personal acquaintance wouldn’t have minded the same opportunity. He just wouldn’t have wanted to spend 15 years as a black shoe professional surface warfare officer to do so…
Although, for my own part, I wouldn’t have wanted to have to choose between either having TACTAS or a helo det. Especially when lowly FFGs had both.
But that’s just me.
** 09-23-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.