The U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for future USS Carl M. Levin at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, designated as DDG 120, is intended for missions such as anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime security, missile defense and command and control. The vessel is designed with a Flight IIA configuration and fitted electronic countermeasures technology, an Aegis baseline 9 combat system and an integrated air and missile defense feature.
General Dynamics is constructing four guided missile destroyers and expects to produce six more Arleigh Burke-class destroyers with a Flight III configuration.
Carl M. Levin is slated for delivery to the Navy in fiscal year 2021. DDG 120 is named after a U.S. senator who spent 36 years in government service, making him the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history.