Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division recently achieved the Aegis light-off milestone on the U.S. Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125).
This milestone marks the beginning of combat system testing as shipbuilders ready the ship for propulsion tests and eventually sea trials.
The Flight III upgrade incorporates a number of design modifications that collectively provide significantly enhanced capability. Aegis light-off is an important milestone for integrating and activating all of the new electric plant equipment and combat systems.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States military strategy. Guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles.