USS Thomas Hudner

USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The $663 million contract to build her was awarded on 28 February 2012 to Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine.[7][8] On 7 May 2012, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the ship name would be Thomas Hudner in honor of U.S. naval aviator Thomas Hudner, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in trying to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.[9]

USS Thomas Hudner
Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) moors at Naval Station Mayport for a port visit before its official commission
USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) at Naval Station Mayport
United States
Namesake: Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.
Ordered: 28 February 2012
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 16 November 2015[1][2]
Launched: 23 April 2017
Sponsored by:
  • Georgea F. Hudner
  • Barbara Joan Miller
Christened: 1 April 2017[3]
Acquired: 15 June 2018[4]
Commissioned: 1 December 2018[5]
Homeport: Naval Station Mayport
Motto: Above all Others
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Thomas Hudner DDG-116 Crest
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,217 tons (full load)[6]
Length: 513 ft (156 m)[6]
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)[6]
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbines 100,000 shp (75,000 kW)[6]
Speed: 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph)[6]


Thomas Hudner is the 66th ship of the Arleigh Burke class of destroyers, the first of which, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), was commissioned in July 1991.[10] With 75 ships planned to be built in total, the class has the longest production run for any U.S. Navy surface combatant.[11] As an Arleigh Burke-class ship, Thomas Hudner's roles included anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare, as well as strike operations.[6] During its long production run, the class was built in three flights—Flight I (DDG-51–DDG-71), Flight II (DDG-72–DDG-78), and Flight IIA (DDG-79– ).[12] Thomas Hudner is to be a "Technology Insertion" ship with elements of the next generation of Arleigh Burke class destroyers, called Flight III, and Flight III proper is planned to start with DDG-124.

In 2008, the U.S. Navy decided to restart production of the Arleigh Burke class as orders for the Zumwalt-class destroyer were reduced from ten to three.[13][14] The first three ships (DDG-113—DDG-115) ordered following the product decision are known as the "restart" ships, while "technology insertion" ships (DDG-116—DDG-123) are expected to incorporate certain elements of Arleigh Burke class Flight III, which in turn is planned to run from DDG-124 onwards.[15]

Thomas Hudner's keel was laid on 16 November 2015.[16] Her christening took place on 1 April 2017,[3][17] and she was launched three weeks later, on 23 April.[18] She completed acceptance trials 3 May 2018[19] and on 15 June 2018 the Navy accepted delivery of Thomas Hudner from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.[4] Hudner was commissioned on 1 December 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.[5]

As of 2018, Thomas Hudner's home port is Naval Station Mayport, Florida.[20]


  1. ^ "Navy Awards General Dynamics Bath Iron Works $2.8 Billion Contract for Four DDG 51 Destroyers, with Option for Fifth" (PDF) (Press release). Bath Iron Works. 4 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ "COMNAVSURFLANT Prepares to Welcome USS Thomas Hudner" (Press release). United States Navy. 18 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Christens Future USS Thomas Hudner" (pdf) (Press release). Bath Iron Works. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Thomas Hudner" (Press release). United States Navy. 16 June 2018. NNS180616-03. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "USS Thomas Hudner brought to life in Boston" (Press release). United States Navy. 3 December 2018. NNS181203-14. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  7. ^ "General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Awarded Contract to Build Additional DDG 51-class Destroyer" (PDF) (Press release). Bath Iron Works. 28 February 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  8. ^ "DDG 51 Class Ship Construction Contract Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Naval Sea Systems Command. 26 September 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Secretary of the Navy Announces DDG 116 to Be Named Thomas Hudner" (Press release). United States Navy. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  10. ^ "USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)". Naval Vessel Register. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  11. ^ Sharp, David (31 December 2009). "After 2-plus decades, Navy destroyer breaks record". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Associated Press. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis), United States of America". Net Resources International. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  13. ^ Ewing, Philip (31 July 2008). "Navy: No need to add DDG 1000s after all". Navy Times. Gannett Government Media. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  14. ^ Drew, Christopher (8 April 2009). "Contractors Agree on Deal to Build Stealth Destroyer". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  15. ^ Lyle, Peter C. (2010). "DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Burke-Class Destroyer – New Construction Program" (PDF). Naval Sea Systems Command. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  16. ^ "COMNAVSURFLANT Prepares to Welcome USS Thomas Hudner". US Navy. 18 November 2015.
  17. ^ "General Dynamics Christens Future USS Thomas Hudner". Marine Link. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  18. ^ "USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116)". Naval Vessel Register. US Navy. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  19. ^ Miller, Kevin (5 May 2018). "BIW-built destroyer passes Navy 'acceptance trials'". Press Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  20. ^ Derby, Kevin (4 December 2018). "USS Thomas Hudner Heads to Mayport". Sunshine State News. Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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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.

Bath Iron Works

Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a major United States shipyard located on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, founded in 1884 as Bath Iron Works, Limited. BIW has built private, commercial, and military vessels, most of which have been ordered by the United States Navy. The shipyard has built and sometimes designed battleships, frigates, cruisers, and destroyers, including the Arleigh Burke class which are currently among the world's most advanced surface warships.

Since 1995, Bath Iron Works has been a subsidiary of General Dynamics, the fifth-largest defense contractor in the world as of 2008. During World War II, ships built at BIW were considered to be of superior toughness by sailors and Navy officials, giving rise to the phrase "Bath-built is best-built."

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.

List of U.S. military vessels named after living Americans

The naming of United States Navy vessels after living people was common in early decades of American history, but by World War II, the Navy had firmly established a practice of naming ships for people only after they had died. In 1969, a Navy panel decreed that warships would no longer be named after living persons. That lasted until 1974, when President Richard Nixon announced the naming of an aircraft carrier after United States Representative Carl Vinson. Since then, ships such as the Arleigh Burke, Henry M. Jackson, Bob Hope, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Gabrielle Giffords have been named for people still alive at the time.

The U.S. Navy generally announces the name of a ship some time before it is launched, and well before it is accepted for purchase and commissioned into active service.

List of current ships of the United States Navy

The United States Navy has approximately 490 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with approximately 90 more in either the planning and ordering stages or under construction, according to the Naval Vessel Register and published reports. This list includes ships that are owned and leased by the U.S. Navy; ships that are formally commissioned, by way of ceremony, and non-commissioned. Ships denoted with the prefix "USS" are commissioned ships. Prior to commissioning, ships may be described as a "pre-commissioning unit" or PCU, but are officially referred to by name with no prefix. US Navy support ships are often non-commissioned ships organized and operated by Military Sealift Command. Among these support ships, those denoted "USNS" are owned by the US Navy. Those denoted by "MV" or "SS" are chartered.

Current ships include commissioned warships that are in active service, as well as ships that are part of Military Sealift Command, the support component and the Ready Reserve Force, that while non-commissioned, are still part of the effective force of the U.S. Navy. Future ships listed are those that are in the planning stages, or are currently under construction, from having its keel laid to fitting out and final sea trials.

There exist a number of former US Navy ships which are museum ships (not listed here), some of which may be US government-owned. One of these, USS Constitution, a three-masted tall ship, is one of the original six frigates of the United States Navy. It is the oldest naval vessel afloat, and still retains its commission (and hence is listed here), as a special commemoration for that ship alone.

List of equipment of the United States Navy

The Equipment of the United States Navy have been subdivided into: watercraft, aircraft, munitions, vehicles, and small arms.

Naval Station Mayport

Naval Station Mayport (IATA: NRB, ICAO: KNRB, FAA LID: NRB) is a major United States Navy base in Jacksonville, Florida. It contains a protected harbor that can accommodate aircraft carrier-size vessels, ship's intermediate maintenance activity (SIMA) and a military airfield (Admiral David L. McDonald Field) with one asphalt paved runway (5/23) measuring 8,001 ft × 200 ft (2,439 m × 61 m).

Thomas J. Hudner Jr.

Thomas Jerome Hudner Jr. (August 31, 1924 – November 13, 2017) was an officer of the United States Navy and a naval aviator. He rose to the rank of captain, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions in trying to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.

Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Hudner attended Phillips Academy and the United States Naval Academy. Initially uninterested in aviation, he eventually took up flying and joined Fighter Squadron 32, flying the F4U Corsair at the outbreak of the Korean War. Arriving near Korea in October 1950, he flew support missions from the aircraft carrier USS Leyte.

On 4 December 1950, Hudner and Brown were among a group of pilots on patrol near the Chosin Reservoir when Brown's Corsair was struck by ground fire from Chinese troops and crashed. In an attempt to save Brown from his burning aircraft, Hudner intentionally crash-landed his own aircraft on a snowy mountain in freezing temperatures to help Brown. In spite of these efforts, Brown died of his injuries and Hudner was forced to evacuate, having also been injured in the landing.

Following the incident, Hudner held positions aboard several U.S. Navy ships and with a number of aviation units, including a brief stint as executive officer of USS Kitty Hawk during a tour in the Vietnam War, before retiring in 1973. In subsequent years, he worked for various veterans' organizations in the United States. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner is named for him.

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