USS Delbert D. Black

USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) will be an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the United States Navy.

US Navy 101123-N-5292M-186 The newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrives to its new homeport of Naval Station
USS Jason Dunham, another Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
United States
Name: USS Delbert D. Black
Namesake: First Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Delbert Black [1]
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 1 June 2016[2]
Launched: 8 September 2017[3]
Sponsored by: Ima Black
Christened: 4 November 2017[4]
Commissioned: Expected 2019[5]
Status: As of September 2017; under construction
Badge: USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 510 ft (160 m)
Draft: 33 ft (10 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
Aviation facilities: Flight deck, Hangar bay


She is named in honor of Master Chief Petty Officer Delbert Black, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), who died in 2000. He is remembered for establishing the role of the Navy's senior enlisted leader, and the ship naming is the culmination of a decade of advocacy by MCPONs to honor him with a combatant ship.


Delbert D. Black will be the fourth of ten Flight IIA "technology insertion" ships, which will contain elements of the Flight III ships projected to begin with DDG-124.

She was launched on 8 September 2017.[6]

On 29 March 2019, the ship was damaged at the shipyard when a heavy-lift ship allided with a barge that was alongside the Delbert D. Black. The barge in turn struck the destroyer, resulting in several people sustaining minor injuries and causing more than thirty million dollars in damages.[7]


  1. ^ Faram, Mark D. (13 March 2015). "Destroyer named for revered 1st MCPON, Delbert Black". Navy Times. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Keel Authenticated For Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches Guided Missile Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ LaGrone, Sam (13 March 2015). "SECNAV Mabus Names Destroyer After First MCPON Delbert D. Black". USNI News. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  6. ^ Team Ships Public Affairs (11 September 2017). "U.S. Navy Launches the Future USS Delbert D. Black" (Press release). Naval Sea Systems Command, US Navy. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Heavy Lift Ship Arrested After Allision at Ingalls Shipbuilding". The Maritime Executive. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The class leader, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke's lifetime.

These warships were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile antiballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms. Some versions of the class no longer have the towed sonar, or Harpoon missile launcher. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross-section.The first ship of the class was commissioned on 4 July 1991. With the decommissioning of the last Spruance-class destroyer, USS Cushing, on 21 September 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class ships became the U.S. Navy's only active destroyers, until the Zumwalt class became active in 2016. The Arleigh Burke class has the longest production run for any post-World War II U.S. Navy surface combatant. Besides the 62 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II and 34 of Flight IIA) in service by 2016, up to a further 42 (of Flight III) have been envisioned.

With an overall length of 505 to 509 feet (154 to 155 m), displacement ranging from 8,315 to 9,200 tons, and weaponry including over 90 missiles, the Arleigh Burke class are larger and more heavily armed than most previous ships classified as guided missile cruisers.

Delbert Black

Delbert D. Black (11 July 1922 – 5 March 2000) was the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, from 13 January 1967 to 1 April 1971.

Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Ingalls Shipbuilding is a shipyard located in Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States, originally established in 1938, and now part of Huntington Ingalls Industries. It is a leading producer of ships for the United States Navy, and at 12,500 employees, the second largest private employer in Mississippi with WalMart being the largest with 24,000 employees.

Flight I ships
Flight II ships
Flight IIA ships
Flight III ships

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