The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Bainbridge (DDG 96) was christened on Nov. 13 at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition
John Young will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Susan Bainbridge
Hay will serve as sponsor of the ship named
for her great great great
grandfather. In the time-honored Navy tradition, she will break the bottle
of champagne across the bow to formally christen Bainbridge.
Bainbridge honors the outstanding and heroic service of Commodore William
Bainbridge who served in the Navy from 1789-1833. Four previous ships have
been named in honor of Bainbridge, including the 259 ton brig USS Bainbridge
(1842-1863); the Navy's first destroyer USS Bainbridge (DD-1), 1902-1920;
another destroyer USS Bainbridge (DD-246), 1921-1945; and the nuclear
powered cruiser USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25, later CGN-25), 1962-1997.
Bainbridge is the 46th of 62 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently
authorized by Congress. This highly capable multi-mission ship can conduct
a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to
sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military
Strategy. Bainbridge will be capable of fighting air, surface, and
subsurface battles simultaneously. The ship contains myriad offensive and
defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the
Cmdr. John M. Dorey of Auburn, Mass., and a 1986 Naval Academy graduate,
will become the first commanding officer of the ship, which has
accommodations for 380 officers and enlisted personnel. The 9,200-ton
Bainbridge is being built by Bath Iron Works. It has an overall length of
511 feet, a waterline beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 33 feet.
Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30
General Characteristics, Arleigh Burke class
Builders: Bath Iron Works, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Power Plant: Four General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines; two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower.
SPY-1 Radar and Combat System Integrator: Lockheed Martin
Flights I and II (DDG 51-78): 505 feet (153.92 meters)
Flight IIA (DDG 79-98): 509½ feet (155.29 meters)
Beam: 59 feet (18 meters)
Hulls 51 through 71: 8,315 tons (8,448.04 metric tons) full load
Hulls 72 through 78: 8,400 tons (8,534.4 metric tons) full load
Hulls 79 and on: 9,200 tons (9,347.2 metric tons) full load
Speed: in excess of 30 knots
Aircraft: None. LAMPS III electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG 51/helo ASW operations