DDG 119 finishes acceptance trials

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) completed acceptance trials last week in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy announced DDG-119 was launched in September 2017 and was scheduled to commission in 2019, but it was damaged a year ago by a barge supporting electrical work on the then-unfinished destroyer. The incident occurred when heavy-lift ship M/V Hawk, delivering a floating dry dock to Pascagoula from Qingdao, China, struck the barge, which then collided with Delbert D. Black. Ingalls’ medical personnel treated minor injuries at the scene. Delbert D. Black took on water, which caused the production delay. Delivery of DDG-119 to the Navy is now expected to occur later in 2020, with the commissioning ceremony to follow. (Source: USNI, 03/17/20)

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