The keel for the first planned US Navy (USN) Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Jack H Lucas (DDG 125) was ceremoniously laid and authenticated on 7 November at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
The yard officially started construction on the ship in May 2018, but authenticating the ship's keel symbolically recognises the joining of modular components and represents the ceremonial beginning of the ship.
The Flight III ships will be the first to be outfitted with the Raytheon AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and the Aegis Combat System Baseline 10, which will enhance the ship's ability to perform simultaneous air and ballistic missile defence (BMD) missions, an increasingly important role for the USN.
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