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Posted: 9/25/2011 1:13:49 PM EST




In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, the U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Spruance docks, Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Key West, Fla. The 509.5-foot-long Arleigh Burke-destroyer class ship is to be commissioned in Key West Saturday, Oct. 1. Although Key West is steeped in Navy traditions, with operations beginning as far back as 1822, it is the first time a Naval vessel commissioning has been planned for the island city.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:18:41 PM EST
Beautiful ship.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:19:39 PM EST
I remember the last time the Navy's newest destroyer was called Spruance.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:20:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By DOW:
Beautiful ship.


This.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:20:29 PM EST
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:21:14 PM EST
Bad assery.

& in before someone calls for a new battleship.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:23:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


This.....holy cow, I thought we were done with the Burke's.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:26:24 PM EST
A commissioning in Key West a week after DADT is repealed?

Ever see CNN on New Years where Key West lowers a drag queen instead of a ball to count down to midnight.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:28:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/25/2011 1:29:00 PM EST by WayneG]
As a former crew-member of an earlier flight of this class, the DDG-51 has to be called one of the Navy's few success stories in recent years as far as ship design and construction. Yes, it had growing pains, but the hull has turned out to be much more versatile then was originally conceived. As far as capability and "give and take" they really are more like CLG then DDG. If only they could have got the bugs out of the Mk-71 MCLWG it would have been an almost perfect platform for ASUW.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:28:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By tyman:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


This.....holy cow, I thought we were done with the Burke's.


nope, BIW is still turning em out
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:30:30 PM EST
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:33:20 PM EST
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
I remember the last time the Navy's newest destroyer was called Spruance.


I went onboard the original one when she was in the yards. Can't remember if it was in Pascagoula or San Diego. The original Spru cans were ass kickers in their day.

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:34:23 PM EST
How long does it take to build a ship like this?
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:34:50 PM EST
Sure looks different than my dad's destroyer from '61, the USS Hollister DD788
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:35:29 PM EST
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


Don't let the looks fool you, it's what is under the skin that counts.

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:39:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


you see that flat rectangular object behind the gun? There's also one towards the stern.

Vertical Launch system that carries a mix of 96 missiles: Standard, Tomahawk, ESSM, ASROC.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:39:30 PM EST
I saw one of those doing exercises off the Virginia Capes (off of Dam Neck). That was a very cool sight to see. They have a dangerous look to them; I wouldn't want to be a target.

Not sure what it was doing, though.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:44:29 PM EST
For those of you in the know, what's this thing? I'm curious because I assembled a model of a Burke and couldn't find any information on this.

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:45:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By JBlitzen:
For those of you in the know, what's this thing? I'm curious because I assembled a model of a Burke and couldn't find any information on this.

http://www.jcrichman.com/gallery/whats_this.jpg


Gaydar station, next to the radar.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:46:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By JBlitzen:
For those of you in the know, what's this thing? I'm curious because I assembled a model of a Burke and couldn't find any information on this.

http://www.jcrichman.com/gallery/whats_this.jpg


think it's the an/slq-32
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:47:00 PM EST
Very cool to see these coming in to service. God bless this new ship.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:47:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By DOW:
Beautiful ship.

I love Arleigh Burkes.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:48:12 PM EST
Is the "Fleet Landing" bar still right next to the Navy base??

Had some good times in Key West in 1980!!
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:48:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?

They're going to fucking shit up with their radar.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:50:12 PM EST
Awesome! Glad O didnt scrap this project too.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:52:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


I know very little about ships, but the thing looks like it could use another gun, aft. Maybe one of those 57mm guns like on the LCS.

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:54:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By LePew:
I saw one of those doing exercises off the Virginia Capes (off of Dam Neck). That was a very cool sight to see. They have a dangerous look to them; I wouldn't want to be a target.

Not sure what it was doing, though.


Training.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:55:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By JBlitzen:
For those of you in the know, what's this thing? I'm curious because I assembled a model of a Burke and couldn't find any information on this.

http://www.jcrichman.com/gallery/whats_this.jpg


SLQ-32
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:55:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/25/2011 1:56:19 PM EST by Thorgrim]
Beautiful ship!

The perfect thing to capture somali pirates, unharmed, and send them for a proper trial!

(sorry I got to thinking of how disappointed I was was with the weak-ass "pirate hunters" and couldnt help it.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:55:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By Nexus-7:
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


I know very little about ships, but the thing looks like it could use another gun, aft. Maybe one of those 57mm guns like on the LCS.



Go choke yourself.

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:56:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Nexus-7:
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


I know very little about



Fixed.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:56:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


Where are the guns?? :/
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:56:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By dport:
Originally Posted By Nexus-7:
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


I know very little about ships, but the thing looks like it could use another gun, aft. Maybe one of those 57mm guns like on the LCS.



Go choke yourself.


Bring back the Iowas!!
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:56:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By REALM:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


Where are the guns?? :/


Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:56:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Archtaan:
Awesome! Glad O didnt scrap this project too.

No need to scrap it. He will just reassign it's mission to making muslims feel good about themselves. Kind of like NASA, but with guns.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:56:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/25/2011 1:59:43 PM EST by JBlitzen]
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?

The more recent ones have:

96 cell vertical launch missile system, Tomahawk cruise missiles, Standard SAM's/anti-surface missiles, ABM missiles, Enhanced Sea Sparrow SAM's, ASROC anti-submarine missiles, two triple torpedo tubes on deck, a 5-inch gun, two phalanx guns, two 25-mm bushmaster guns, and two sub-hunting MH-60R helicopters.

That gives each Burke the ability to defeat nearly all local air threats, nearly all nearby surface warfare threats, nearly all nearby or distant submarine threats, and to launch cruise missile strikes against distant ground targets. ETA: Some of them can also bring down ballistic missiles. They are extremely powerful vessels.

My understanding is that the average Burke IIA is powerful enough to defeat any but the top 15 or so entire navies on Earth without any external assistance. And it can get in some extremely powerful blows against the rest.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:57:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:57:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By REALM:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


Where are the guns?? :/


1x 127mm
1x 20mm Phalanx (Block 1B)
2x 25mm

Assorted .50 cals and M240s.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:58:56 PM EST
So what exactly can this thing do?

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:59:15 PM EST
Originally Posted By Buliwyf:
So what exactly can this thing do?



Fuck shit up.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 1:59:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By Buliwyf:
So what exactly can this thing do?



Kill ships. Kill subs. Kill aircraft. Kill people.

What else do you want from a ship?
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:01:17 PM EST
Yep I'd rather have the missile assortment than guns. Beautiful ship.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:01:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:
Originally Posted By JBlitzen:
For those of you in the know, what's this thing? I'm curious because I assembled a model of a Burke and couldn't find any information on this.

http://www.jcrichman.com/gallery/whats_this.jpg


think it's the an/slq-32
This. It is the ship's electronic warfare system. It detects hostile radars and provides the crew with information that they can use to employ defensive measures such as chaff.

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:02:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By SevenMMmag:
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


you see that flat rectangular object behind the gun? There's also one towards the stern.

Vertical Launch system that carries a mix of 96 missiles: Standard, Tomahawk, ESSM, ASROC.


It should be noted that the ESSM's can be 'quad packed', so they get 4 of those in one missile cell.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:02:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By dport:
Originally Posted By Buliwyf:
So what exactly can this thing do?



Kill ships. Kill subs. Kill aircraft. Kill people.

What else do you want from a ship?


I like the new avatar. what's it from?
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:02:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/25/2011 2:04:30 PM EST by Buliwyf]
Shoot down ballistic missles?
Sink subs and other ships?
Defend Carriers?
Shoot down fighter aircraft?
Make one ping only?
Make Chicken Cavetelli with Vegtable meat sauce and Wheat snack bread?
Drop mines?
Attack land based targets?

I heard these things are the most badassed naval ship, but have no idea exactly, what they do. Other than alphabet soup.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:02:48 PM EST
America... Fuck yeah!
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:02:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By dport:
Originally Posted By REALM:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


Where are the guns?? :/


1x 127mm
1x 20mm Phalanx (Block 1B)
2x 25mm

Assorted .50 cals and M240s.


They might have noticed the Phalanx... if it was installed yet.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:03:16 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Nice!

How many more Arleigh Burke are in the pipeline?


Last I heard, their were 15 planned along with updates and life extensions on the existing ships. Mostly because the new Zumwalt destroyers cost way too much and will be lucky to have 3 built.
Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:04:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By dport:
Originally Posted By Nexus-7:
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


I know very little about ships, but the thing looks like it could use another gun, aft. Maybe one of those 57mm guns like on the LCS.



Go choke yourself.



What did I say!!

Link Posted: 9/25/2011 2:06:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By Nexus-7:
Originally Posted By dport:
Originally Posted By Nexus-7:
Originally Posted By evo462:
Dumb question, because I really don't know...but what is this ship going to be doing? I see one gun, and I assume it has some missile bays?


I know very little about ships, but the thing looks like it could use another gun, aft. Maybe one of those 57mm guns like on the LCS.



Go choke yourself.



What did I say!!

I assume it is because you mentioned LCS in a Burke destroyer thread.

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