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An artist's concept, by Vincent Piecyk, of an ARLEIGH BURKE Class guided missile destroyer (DDG-51) planned for delivery to the Navy in 1989. Planned armament includes two quadruple Harpoon launch canisters, Tomahawk cruise missiles, Standard-ER (SM-2) missiles in two vertical launch systems, two triple Mark 32 ASW torpedo tubes, a Mark 45 gun mount, and two Phalanx 20mm CIW's

An artist's concept of the ARLEIGH BURKE Class guided missile destroyer (DDG-51)

The keel of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53) is laid at the Bath Iron Works Corp. shipyard

In this file photo taken July 4, 1991, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Frank B. Kelso II shares a laugh with another flag officer following his arrival at Naval Air Station Norfolk

In this file photo taken July 4, 1991, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Frank B. Kelso II speaks during the commissioning of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51).

An aerial starboard bow view of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS BARRY (DDG 52) underway in the Gulf of Mexico

The guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) is tied up at the 32nd St. Naval Station following the ships arrival from Bath, Maine. The JOHN PAUL JONES is the first Arleigh Burke class ship to be stationed on the West Coast. Students from the JOHN PAUL JONES Elementary School in San Diego are touring the ship. The ship and school are working together in the U.S. Navy's program called Partnership in Education

A large holiday National ENSIGN flies from the fantail of the guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) as the ship lies moored at the 32nd St. Naval Station. The JOHN PAUL JONES is the first Arleigh Burke class ship to be stationed on the West Coast

The guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) enters San Diego Harbor for the first time with crew members "Manning the Rails". The ship will be permanently homeported at the 32nd St. Naval Station. The John Paul Jones is the first Arleigh Burke-class ship to be stationed on the West Coast

The guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG-53) enters San Diego Harbor for the first time with crew members "Manning the Rails". The ship will be permanently homeported at the 32nd St. Naval Station. The JOHN PAUL JONES is the first Arleigh Burke class ship to be stationed on the West Coast

A port quarter bow view of the guided missile cruiser USS SAN JACINTO (CG-56) decorated in Christmas lights for the holiday season. The ship is tied up at pier 9 with an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer alongside

An aerial view of the Moon Engineering Company pier near Norfolk with various naval vessels tied up.

The U.S. Naval Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, USS Barry, departs pier 24 at the Norfolk Naval Station to meet up with the USS George Washington, for a six month deployment to the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

Boatswains Mate Third Class Bond hugs his wife Tracy and son Jason as he departs for a scheduled deployment to the Mediterranean. PETTY Officer Bond is assigned to Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52), and will follow the USS George Washington (CVN-73) into the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

Overall aerial view of a section of the Norfolk Naval Base showing the destroyer and submarine (D&S) piers 24 and 23 to the right with Pier 2 of the supply section to the left. Visible in the photograph are many naval vessels including a large number of Spruance class destroyers and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyers

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) operates in the waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean as a CH-46 "Sea Knight" from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) takes off from the Kilauea Class Ammunition Ship, USS Mount Baker (AE 34) January 29, 1996. Both vessels are part of USS George Washington Battle Group, under the command of RADM Henry Giffen, currently enroute to the Mediterranean Sea for a scheduled six-month deployment. While there, they will patrol the waters of the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO peace keeping mission Operation Joint Endeavor

The USS George Washington (CVN-73) refuels the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Stout (DDG-55) while transiting the Atlantic Ocean during Operation Joint Endeavor. This refueling mission marked the first time the USS Stout came alongside an aircraft carrier for underway replenishment

Straight on, bow shot ot the U.S. Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier; the Nimitz Class, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) (right), as it refuels the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS STOUT (DDG 55) while transiting the Atlantic Ocean on January 30, 1996. This marked the first time the STOUT came alongside an aircraft carrier for underway replenishment

On board the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55) located in the Adriatic Sea, a Navy SEAMAN mans his lookout post as dawn approaches

On board the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55) located in the Adriatic Sea, crewmembers handle lines during underway replenishment operations with the Navy oiler, USS Merrimac (AO-179). Both the USS Stout and USS Merrimac are part of the USS George Washington Battle Group which is patrolling the waters of the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

On board the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, USS Stout (DDG-55), located in the Adriatic Sea, linehandlers take up the slack lines during an underway replenishment with the Navy oiler, USS Merrimac. Both the USS Stout and USS Merrimac are part of the USS George Washington Battle Group which is patrolling the waters of the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

On board the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, USS Barry (DDG-52), located in the Adriatic Sea, a Navy Lieutenant stands watch in the engineering spaces. The USS Barry is part of the USS George Washington Battle Group which is patrolling the waters of the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Joint Endeavor

A port bow view of the guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) and the Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer USS LABOON (DDG-58). This gives a side by side comparison of the two Aegis Class warships

North Atlantic salt water spray soaks Sailors on board the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) during refuel operations with the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). Enterprise is on her first scheduled forward deployment in seven years, following an extensive overhaul of her nuclear propulsion plant. Mitscher is on her first deployment since being commissioned 1994

The US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) refuels with the Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) during an underway replenishment operation in the North Atlantic. Enterprise is on her first scheduled forward deployment in seven years, following an extensive overhaul of her nuclear propulsion plant. Mitscher is on her first deployment since being commissioned 1994

North Atlantic salt water spray soaks Sailors on board the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) during refueling operations with the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) (not shown). Mitscher is on her first deployment since being commissioned 1994

The US Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) refuels with the Arleigh Burke Class destroyer USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) during an underway replenishment operation in the North Atlantic. Enterprise is on her first scheduled forward deployment in seven years, following an extensive overhaul of her nuclear propulsion plant. Mitscher is on her first deployment since being commissioned 1994

A port bow view of the latest Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer to join the fleet. The newly commissioned USS COLE (DDG-67) is tied up at one of the destroyer and submarine piers at the Norfolk Naval Base

An aerial view of a section of the Norfolk Naval Base showing six naval vessels tied up at piers #4 and #5. They include three MSC Henry J. Kaiser class replenishment oilers, a Sirus class AFS replenishment ship, one Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer and one Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate

A Tomahawk Cruise Missile launches from the bow of the US Navy's Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS RUSSELL (DDG 59) in the Persian Gulf, during the initial hours of Operation DESERT STRIKE. The operation called for the tactical bombing of military targets in response to Iraqi aggression in Kurdish controlled Northern Iraq. Russell is part of the battle group assigned to the aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON ( CVN 70) (not shown) Task Group

A bow on medium long shot of a US Navy S-3B Viking aircraft from Air Anti-submarine Squadron 22 (VS-22) "Checkmates", on final approach towards the Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER USS RAMAGE (DDG-61) is underway in the background

A starboard bow view of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS CURTIS WILBUR (DDG-54), underway during fleet operations in the Eastern Pacific

Oblique stern on view of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) resting on the building ways just prior to launch

Stern view looking up at the rudders and propellers of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) resting on the launched way shortly before christened and launched into the Kennebec River

Oblique bow on view of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) resting on the building ways just prior to launch

Lieutenant Colonel Robin Higgins, USMC, (Ret.) breaks the traditional bottle of champagne across the brow of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76), at the conclusion of the official christening and launch ceremony for the vessel named for her late husband, a United Nations peacekeeper killed in action in Lebanon

Unidentified shipyard officials and Navy officers pose for a photograph at the official keel laying ceremony of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79)

RHIB Boat

Chain Gun

DDG McCain

Onboard the Arleigh Burke Class, Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), US Navy Signalman SEAMAN Shelton D. Ruffin flashes a coded message to the USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) (Not shown), during a underway vertical replinishment in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

Onboard the Arleigh Burke Class, Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), US Navy Signalman SEAMAN Shelton D. Ruffin flashes a coded message to the USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) (Not shown) during a underway vertical replinishment in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

Onboard the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), Personnelman 1ST Class Dennis L. Hodgson (Surface Warfare) (Right), exam proctor, gives directions during the Navy E-4 rating advancement exam. The AEGIS destroyer, is deployed in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build up

US Navy Lieutenant Steven H. DeMoss (Standing foreground), ship's navigator, reads specific instructions for the E-4 Navywide Rating Advancement examination while crew members fill in their personal data form onboard the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), underway in the Persian Gulf as part of the Southwest Asia build-up

US Navy Damage Controlman Second Class (Surface Warfare/Air Warfare) Scott C. Preston (Foreground), directs flight deck personnel during a FOD (Foreign Object Damage) walkdown prior to helicopter operations onboard the Arleigh Burke Class Giuded Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

US Navy GUNNER's Mate Missles Second Class Sam Burton, displays a clear and bright fuel sample to the pilot of a US Navy SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter, as the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), serves as a ready Helicopter Refueling Deck while conducting Maritime Interception Operations in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

US Navy Damage Controlman 1ST Class (Surface Warfare) John T. Brown, Landing Signal Enlisted, directs a US Navy HH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, with a sling load of cargo, toward the flight deck of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56). The AEGIS destroyer is deployed to the Persian Gulf while conducting Maritime Interception Operations in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

US Navy Personnelman Second Class (Surface Warfare), Lamont Pelaez, of the ship's Crash and Salvage Team One crew, awaits the signal from a pilot (Not shown) during refueling operations on the deck of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56), in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest build-up

US Navy flight deck personnel from the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN stand and watch as a US Navy HH-46 Sea Knight helicopter drops a sling load of cargo onto the deck. The AEGIS destroyer is deployed to the Persian Gulf while conducting Maritime Interception Operations in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

A US Navy poster with images that correlate the various activities on the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG 56). All photos shot by Photographer's Mate Second Class (AW) Gloria Barry, Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific

The Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS COLE (DDG-67), underway in the Persian Gulf in support of the Southwest Asia build-up

With battle stations manned, LT Shanti Sethi (SW), left with helmet, the Officer of the Deck aboard the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS HOPPER (DDG 70), looks at the surface picture provided by the AEGIS Weapon System operated by Operations SPECIALIST 2nd class Amber Clark. Both women, wearing fire protection hood and gloves, are deployed in the Pacific during exercise RIMPAC 98

QM1 Michael Broekhof (left) and QM3 Osiris Castillo (right), wearing fire protection hood, gloves, helmet and gas mask, plot a course for the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS HOPPER (DDG 70) during exercise RIMPAC 98

OS2 Amber Clark, wearing fire protection hood and gas mask, looks at the surface picture from the Aegis Weapons System while at her battle station on board the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS HOPPER (DDG 70) during exercise RIMPAC 98

BM2 (SW) Chuck White sounds general quarters on board the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS HOPPER (DDG 70) during exercise RIMPAC 98

A port bow view of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS HOPPER (DDG 70) at sea during exercise RIMPAC 98

High oblique aerial view of the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS HIGGINS (DDG 76) underway on builder's sea trials off the coast of New England

Working Party aboard DDG 55

A "Tomahawk" cruise missile launches from the destroyers aft (rear) missile deck in the early morning hours. The Arleigh Burke Class, guided missile destroyer, USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66). GONZALEZ is participating in day eight of NATO Operation Allied Force

A "Tomahawk" cruise missile launches from the destroyers aft (rear) missile deck in the early morning hours. The Arleigh Burke class, guided missile destroyer, USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66). GONZALEZ is participating in day eight of NATO Operation Allied Force

The Navy's Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS ROSS (DDG 71) is in the Adriatic sea in support of the NATO lead operation in Kosovo, NATO Operation Allied Force. Seen in the frame are the aft hatches of the Martin Marietta, MK 41 vertical launch system (VLS) for the "Tomhawk" cruise missile. In the background are eight, two quad, McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon surface-to-surface missile launchers

Crewmembers onboard the Navy's Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS ROSS (DDG 71), simulate fighting fire in a recent fire drill. ROSS is in the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO lead operation in Kosovo, NATO Operation Allied Force

Crewmembers onboard the Navy's Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS ROSS (DDG 71), test protective fire fighting gear in a recent drill. ROSS is in the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO lead operation in Kosovo, NATO Operation Allied Force

KEEL LAYING. Participants in the keel laying ceremony for the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) pose for a photograph. Left to Right: US Navy (USN) Commander Carlos Del Toro, Ships PCO; Captain Peter Bulkeley, USN (Ret.), son of Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley, ships namesake; Mr. Charlie Overstreet, welder Ingalls Shipbuilding; Mrs. Regina Bulkeley Day, ships sponsor, daughter of Admiral John D. Bulkeley, ships namesake; Mr. Steven Day, husband of Mrs. Regina Bulkeley Day; Captain H.J. Rucker, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Pascagoula; Mr. Pat Keene, Vice President, Operations & Engineering, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc

KEEL LAYING. Captain Peter Bulkeley, USN (Ret), looks on as Mr. Charlie Overstreet, welder for the Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc. makes the first welders cut at the keel laying ceremony for the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84). Captain Bulkeley is the son of Admiral John Duncan Bulkeley, ships namesake

The US Navys (USN) newest Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer PCU (Pre-commissioning Unit) PINCKNEY (DDG 91) sails past downtown San Diego for the first time on the way to its homeport Naval Base San Diego, California (CA). The ship is named in honor of Navy Cook 1ST Class William Pinckney, who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crew member aboard USS Enterprise (CV 6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz Island October 26, 1942

Port Beam view of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) returning to her home port of Norfolk, Virginia, following the passage of the Hurricane Floyd along the east coast

Port side front view of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) upon entering her homeport. The ship has returned from sea following the passage of Hurricane Floyd along the east coast

Port side rear view of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) upon entering her homeport. The ship has returned from sea following the passage of Hurricane Floyd along the east coast

Port side view of the Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer, USS COLE (DDG 67) upon entering her homeport. The ship has returned from sea following the passage of Hurricane Floyd along the east coast

The 64th US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke class Guided Missile Destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 88) has its commissioning ceremony at South Boston's Commonwealth Pier while moored bow to bow with the USN USS CONSTITUTION, the worlds oldest commissioned warship, commissioned on October 21st, 1797

Starboard side view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) laying to off the coast of New England

Starboard quarter view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Starboard quarter view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) laying to off the coast of New England

Bow on view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

High oblique stern view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Port quarter view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Starboard bow view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) laying to off the coast of New England

High oblique bow view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Port quarter view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) laying to off the coast of New England

Port bow view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Port beam view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Low oblique stern view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

High oblique starboard quarter view of the Arleigh Burke class Aegis guided missile destroyer USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79) underway on the builders sea trials

Port bow view of the Arleigh Burke Class, Block IIA Aegis Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) just prior to launch/float off at the Litton Industries Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi

Bow-on view of the Arleigh Burke Class, Block IIA Aegis Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) being moved out of the float off dock by commercial tugboats at the Litton Industries Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi

Fish-eye starboard bow view of the Arleigh Burke Class, Block IIA Aegis Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) prior to float off at the Litton Industries Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Note the SQS-53 Snore Dome

Commercial tugboats moved the newly launched Arleigh Burke Class, Block IIA Aegis Destroyer USS BULKELEY (DDG 84) to the fitting out basin at the Litton Industries Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi

USS Milius (DDG 69) Manning the Rails.

Quarter starboard view of the US Navy (USN) ARLEIGH BURKE CLASS (FLIGHT I) GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER (AEGIS), USS MILIUS (DDG 69) underway in the Harbor at San Diego, California (CA), with Sailors manning the rails as the ship departs for a scheduled five-month deployment

The Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS MCFAUL (DDG 74) matches speed and course with the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) during underway replenishment (UR) operations in the Atlantic ocean

The USS Cole (DDG 67) (Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer) in a turn to starboard, one month before being attacked by a terrorist-suicide mission during the early morning hours of October 12th, 2000

The USS Cole (DDG 67) (Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer) at sea one month before being attacked by a terrorist-suicide mission during the early morning hours of October 12th, 2000

The USS Cole (DDG 67) (Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer) in a turn to port, one month before being attacked by a terrorist-suicide mission during the early morning hours of October 12th, 2000

USS Cole (DDG 67) Underway

Crewmembers from the guided missile destroyer USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) stand by to board the ship and "bring the ship to life" during the commissioning ceremony of the United States Navy's newest Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer at Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville, Florida

Crewmembers aboard the guided missile destroyer USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) man the rails after "bringing the ship to life" during the commissioning ceremony of the United States Navy's newest Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer at Naval Station Mayport, in Jacksonville, Florida

Crewmembers aboard the guided missile destroyer USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) raise their covers after "bringing the ship to life" during the commissioning ceremony of the United States Navy's newest Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida

Crewmembers aboard the guided missile destroyer USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) raise their covers after "bringing the ship to life" during the commissioning ceremony of the United States Navy's newest Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer, the USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80)

Ship Commissioning