DDG 128 will be the second Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built in the Flight III configuration by HII at Ingalls Shipbuilding, following DDG 125 Jack H. Lucas, the first Flight III ship. DDG 126 Louis H. Wilson Jr. is being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. DDG 127 is a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built in a previous configuration known as Flight IIA Technology Insertion.
DDG 128’s name honors former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who served as a pilot in World War II and later as a senator representing Alaska. At the time he left office in 2009, he was the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator in history.
Ingalls has delivered 31 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the U.S. Navy. Other destroyers currently under construction include Delbert D. Black (DDG 119), Frank E. Peterson Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) and Jack H. Lucas (DDG125).
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