Northrop delivers new destroyer

Feb. 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has taken delivery of a new destroyer from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding following "super trials" in the Gulf of Mexico.

The future USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is the 60th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.

"DDG 110 proved her operational worth last month in a rigorous round of sea trial evolutions, so we know she can perform as designed," said Capt. Pete Lyle, Program Executive Office Ships DDG 51 Class program manager. "Delivering William P. Lawrence marks a great success for the Navy and will provide the fleet with a highly capable combatant to guarantee freedom of the seas."

The vessel, built by Northrop in Pascagoula, Miss., is a multi-mission, guided-missile destroyer designed to operate in multi-threat air, surface and subsurface environments. The ship is equipped with the Navy's Aegis Combat System, the world's foremost integrated naval weapon system.

The Navy said the delivery took place last week in a ceremony in Pascagoula.

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