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US Navy christens Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr..

| 2023

According to information published by the US DoD on July 31, 2023, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps celebrated a major milestone with the christening of the future Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Christening ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (Picture source: US DoD)

Built to displace 9,217 tons at full load, the DDG 124 is an impressive 513 feet (156 meters) in length with a beam of 66 feet (20 meters). This vessel is powered by four General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, delivering a total of 100,000 shaft horsepower (75,000 kW). Such a powerful propulsion system enables the DDG 124 to achieve speeds of up to 31 knots (57 km/h; 36 mph).

The future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) has been designed to accommodate a complement of 380 officers and enlisted personnel. Its armaments include an array of advanced weaponry.

For guns, it boasts a lightweight 5-inch (127 mm)/62 Mk 45 Mod 4, a 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, two 25 mm Mk 38 Machine Gun Systems, and four .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns.

In terms of missiles, the ship features a 32-cell and a 64-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), housing 96 total cells. These cells will carry an assortment of missile types, including the RIM-66M Surface-to-Air Missile, RIM-156 Surface-to-Air Missile, RIM-174A Standard ERAM, RIM-161 Anti-Ballistic Missile, RIM-162 ESSM (quad-packed), BGM-109 Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and the RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC.

For torpedo warfare, the DDG 124 is equipped with two Mark 32 triple torpedo tubes, capable of launching the Mark 46, Mark 50, and Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedoes.

The future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG 124) also has the capability to carry two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, supported by double hangar and helipad facilities.

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