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Surface Navy 2020: Radar upgrades could make US Navy DDGs suitable for air warfare command

15 January 2020
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With the increased capability and potential provided by the AN/SPY-6(V) radar suite slated for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers (DDGs), the US Navy (USN) is looking at DDGs for air warfare command roles.

Currently, guided-missile cruisers (CGs) fill the role for the USN, but the enhancements provided by the AN/SPY-6(V) could make DDGs candidates for such missions, according to a briefing given on 15 January by Captain Seth Miller, DDG 51 class programme manager, and Captain Jason Hall, Above Water Sensors programme manager, during the 2020 Surface Navy Association National Symposium.

The USN is looking at the personnel, manning, and other changes that might be required on a DDG to adapt it for the air warfare command role.

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