USS Jack H. Lucas

USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) will be an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, first of the Flight III variants[3] and 75th overall in the class. She is named after Captain Jacklyn H. Lucas, recipient of the Medal of Honor. On 17 September 2016, she was named by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.[1]

USS Jack H. Lucas
USS Jack H. Lucas
Graphical depiction of the DDG-125.
United States
Name: USS Jack H. Lucas
Namesake: Jacklyn H. Lucas
Builder: Huntington Ingalls Industries
Commissioned: 2023 (Expected)[1]
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 long tons (9,300 t)
Length: 510 feet (160m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 33 feet (10m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 35+ knots
Complement: 380 Officers and Enlisted
Armor: Kevlar-type armor with steel hull. Numerous passive surivivability meausures.
Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
Aviation facilities: Flight Deck and Hangar Bay


Jacklyn Harold "Jack" Lucas (1928-2008) was a U.S. Marine, and later U.S. Army Airborne Officer—who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Iwo Jima, at the age of 17. He is the youngest Marine and youngest serviceman in World War II to be awarded the United States' highest military decoration for valor. When the keel of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) (christened in 2000) was laid, Lucas placed his Medal of Honor citation in the ship's hull, where it remains sealed.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Secretary Mabus Names Two Destroyers for Medal of Honor Recipients". US Navy. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  2. ^ "DDG-51 Arleigh Burke - Specifications". 19 May 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  3. ^ LaGrone, Sam (28 June 2017). "Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded First Flight III Arleigh Burke Destroyer". USNI News. U.S. Naval Institute. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "PHOTO RELEASE--Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract to Build Destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125)". GlobeNewswire. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.

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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.

USS Patrick Gallagher

USS Patrick Gallagher (DDG-127) is a planned United States Navy Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, the 77th overall for the class. She will be named for Lance Corporal Patrick Gallagher (1944–1967), an Irish-born Marine who earned the Navy Cross during the Vietnam War.Unlike the previous two Arleigh Burke-class ships USS Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125) and USS Louis H. Wilson Jr. (DDG-126) which were inserted into the previous multi-year contract and are planned to be built in the Flight III configuration, Patrick Gallagher was separately added to Navy shipbuilding plans by Congress and will be built in the Flight IIA configuration. Bath Iron Works was awarded the contract for Patrick Gallagher on 28 September 2017 and construction started on 9 November 2018.

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

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