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USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. guided-missile destroyer completes acceptance trials

By Jake Thomas
USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. guided-missile destroyer completes acceptance trials
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr., pictured in the Huntington Ingalls ship yard, recently completed acceptance trials. Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. cleared another hurdle toward joining the Navy's fleet after it completed acceptance trials this week.

The Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey inspected the ship as it performed a series of pier-side demonstrations and underway, the branch said on Friday.

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The ship's navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications, propulsion applications met or exceeded expectations during tests, which finished up on Thursday.

"Following an impressive performance during Builder's trials in August, the ship continued to demonstrate her readiness to join the fleet through successful completion of acceptance trials," Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 program manager, said in a press release.

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"The Navy and our industry team are looking forward to delivering another advanced multi-mission warship to the fleet," Miller said.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer was christened and had its keel authenticated in 2017 in Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.

The following year, it was launched into water where final production took place.

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The ship is named in honor of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine general.

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The USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. is expected to be delivered to the Navy later this year from Huntington Ingalls Industries.

As a Flight IIA destroyer, the ship is equipped with Aegis Baseline 9C2 Combat System, which includes Integrated Air and Missile Defense capability and enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities.

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The shipyard is also continuing production on future destroyers Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee, Jack H. Lucas, Ted Stevens and Jeremiah Denton.

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