The Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) laid the keel of the United States Navy’s Arleigh Burke Flight III-class destroyer USS Jeremiah Denton (DDG 129).
The keel laying ceremony took place at the company’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA on August 16.
It marks the junction of the ship’s modular components at land level.
During DDG 129’s keel laying event, the initials of the ship’s sponsors were engraved on the keel plate.
The USS Jeremiah Denton is co-sponsored by Madeline Denton Doak and Mary Denton Lewis, daughters of the ship’s namesake.
Captain Seth Miller, Program Executive Office (PEO) DDG 51 Vessel Program Manager, said, “We are honored to build a vessel named for Senator Denton and to have his family present to celebrate this milestone on the way to delivery of another Flight III destroyer to fleet.
“The USS Jeremiah Denton is the Navy’s next great warship, which will provide power projection with the latest in advanced combat capabilities.”
The future DDG 129 includes the Flight III upgrade, which is the last flight upgrade after the Flight I, II and IIA ships.
The Flight III upgrade on the Arleigh-Burke or DDG 51 class destroyers is based on the AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR).
It also includes upgrades to the ship’s power supply and cooling capacity.
Currently, HII is working on four other DDG 51 destroyers, including USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), Ted Stevens (DDG 128) and George M Neal (DDG 131).