Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday claimed the Navy’s future Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are among the greatest in the world during a brief question-and-answer session with reporters.
When asked if the Navy’s Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers could fill the void left by the retirement of the Ticonderoga-class cruisers, the Chief of Naval Operations gave a resounding yes.
“They certainly can,” says the narrator. So we do it with the Flight IIs now, and we can surely do it with the Flight IIIs,” Gilday explained. “I believe we’re also leading the way in the transition with DDG(X) towards the end of this decade with the Flight IIIs.”
As a result, I expect Flight III DDGs, as well as DDG(X), to remain around for decades. And, without a doubt, the job of air missile and defence commander will be right—a vital mission for them during that timeframe.”
Despite the fact that the Flight III Burkes are capable, the Navy will require as many as feasible. Gilday stated that the Navy requires “as many as we can build.”
“We’re seeing an increase in demand for destroyers,” he said. “I’ve stated openly that we require a significant number of small surface combatants in addition to huge surface combatants.” These Flight IIIs are likely to play an important role in the future.”
The ships, in Gilday’s opinion, are among the greatest on the ocean today.
While speaking during the christening of the USS Jack H. Lucas, he noted, “Ingalls has been producing these destroyers for decades, 40 years now this class of ship.” “This is our 75th DDG hull to be christened.” As a result, they understand what they’re doing.
“In terms of shipbuilding, I consider HII—Huntington Ingalls Industries and Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding—to be world-class.” And the only reason they can be world-class, aside from the incredible technology they have down here, is that the people who make these ships are Olympic athletes.
“They’re like Olympic gold medalists.” As a result, this is a shipyard that truly sets the standard. If the United States Navy is the world’s pacing danger in terms of navies, I believe this shipyard is pacing many others in terms of the quality of the ships it produces.”