The U.S. Navy christened the future USS Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG-124) during a 10:30 a.m. EDT ceremony on Saturday, July 29, at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy, delivered the christening ceremony’s principal address. Remarks have also been provided by Colonel (ret.) Harvey C. Barnum, Jr., the ship’s namesake; the Honorable Janet Mills, Governor of Maine; the Honorable Susan Collins, U.S. Senator, Maine; the Honorable Angus King, U.S. Senator, Maine; General Eric Smith, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; Vice Admiral William Galinis, Commander Naval Sea Systems Command; and Mr. Charles Krugh, president, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. The ship’s sponsor is Colonel Barnum’s wife, Ms. Martha Hill. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Ms. Hill christened the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.
The ship’s namesake, Colonel Harvey C. Barnum Jr., received the Medal of Honor for heroism displayed during an action outside Ky Phu, Quang Tin Province, Vietnam. Serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, and 9th Marines, he assumed command after the rifle company commander was mortally wounded by a sudden enemy attack. Rallying his troops, he organized the defeat of the enemy force and the successful evacuation of the dead and wounded.
This is the first U.S. Navy ship to honor Barnum.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are the backbone of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet, providing protection to America around the globe. These highly capable, multi-mission ships conduct various operations, from peacetime presence to national security, providing a wide range of warfighting capabilities in multi-threat air, surface, and subsurface domains. These elements of seapower enable the Navy to defend American prosperity and prevent future conflict abroad.
|Length Overall||510 feet/156 m|
|Beam – Waterline||59 feet/18 m|
|Draft||31 feet/9.5 m|
|Displacement – Full Load||9,217 tons/9,363 metric tons|
|Power Plant||4 General Electric LM 2500-30 gas turbines; 2 shafts; 2 CRP (Contra-Rotating) propellers; 100,000 shaft horsepower/75,000 kW|
|Speed||in excess of 30 knots/34.5 mph/55.5 km/h|
|Range||4,400 NM/8,149 km at 20 knots/23 mph/37 km/h|
|Crew||380 total: 32 Officers, 27 CPO (Chief Petty Officer), 321 OEM|
|Surveillance||SPY-1D Phased Array Radar (Lockheed Martin)/AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar (Raytheon Company) and Aegis Combat System (Lockheed Martin); SPS-73(V) Navigation; SPS-67(V)3 Surface Search; 3 SPG-62 Illuminator; SQQ-89(V)6 sonar incorporating SQS-53C hull mounted and SQR-19 towed array sonars used with Mark-116 Mod 7 ASW fire control system|
|Electronics/Countermeasures||SLQ-32(V)3; Mark-53 Mod 0 Decoy System; Mark-234 Decoy System; SLQ-25A Torpedo Decoy; SLQ-39 Surface Decoy; URN-25 TACAN; UPX-29 IFF System; Kollmorgen Mark-46 Mod 1 Electro-Optical Director|
|Aircraft||2 embarked SH-60 helicopters ASW operations; RAST (Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse)|
|Armament||2 Mark-41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) with 96 Standard, Vertical Launch ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rocket) & Tomahawk ASM (Air-to-Surface Missile)/LAM (Loitering Attack Missile); 5-in (127-mm)/54 (62) Mark-45 gun; 2 (1) CIWS (Close-In Weapon System); 2 Mark-32 triple 324-mm torpedo tubes for Mark-46 or Mark-50 ASW torpedos|
Guided Missile Destroyers Lineup
Flight IIA: Technology Insertion
|DDG-116 Thomas Hudner||GDBIW||04-23-17||12-01-18||Mayport, Florida|
|DDG-117 Paul Ignatius||HIIIS||11-12-16||07-27-19||Mayport, Florida|
|DDG-118 Daniel Inouye||GDBIW||10-27-19||12-08-21||Pearl Harbor, Hawaii|
|DDG-119 Delbert D. Black||HIIIS||09-08-17||09-26-20||Mayport, Florida|
|DDG-120 Carl M. Levin||GDBIW||05-16-21||06-24-23||Pearl Harbor, Hawaii|
|DDG-121 Frank E. Peterson Jr.||HIIIS||07-13-18||05-14-22||Pearl Harbor, Hawaii|
|DDG-122 John Basilone||GDBIW||06-12-22|
|DDG-123 Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee||HIIIS||01-27-20||05-13-23||San Diego, California|
|DDG-124 Harvey C. Barnum Jr.||GDBIW|
|DDG-127 Patrick Gallagher||GDBIW|