Construction of the newest and most sophisticated Arleigh Burke-class destroyer began March 4 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Brunswick, Maine. The new USS Louis H. Wilson is seaworthy, its so-called Flight III configuration would provide better capability to perform anti-air warfare and ballistic missile-defense missions. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) stated in a press release that the ship’s system “delivers quick reaction time, high firepower, and increased electronic countermeasures capability for anti-air warfare.”
Once operational, Louis H. Wilson “will serve as an integral player in global maritime security, engaging in air, undersea, surface, strike and ballistic missile defense” as well, according to NAVSEA.
Six other destroyers are now under construction at Bath Iron Works. The future Daniel Inouye, Carl M. Levin, John Basiline, Harvey C. Barnum and Patrick Gallagher are Arleigh Burke-class ships, while the Lyndon B. Johnson is a Zumwalt class vessel.