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First Images Of SPY-6 Radar Installed On New Flight III Arleigh Burke Destroyer


Jun 19, 2014
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The U.S. Navy's future Arleigh Burke class destroyer, the USS Jack H. Lucas, the first example of the Flight III subclass, now has the fixed-face arrays for its powerful AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar installed on its main superstructure. Also known as the Air and Missile Defense Radar, or AMDR, this is the Flight III design's signature sensor and offers a major boost in capability over the AN/SPY-1D radars on earlier Arleigh Burkes.
Jack H. Lucas, which was laid down in 2019, is currently in the process of being fitted out at a yard belonging to the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Longtime naval journalist Chris Cavaswas able to tour the ship and take photographs of it on August 4. Cavas was kind enough to share some of the pictures he took with us.

The future USS Jack H. Lucas being fitted out at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Mississippi on August 4, 2022. The future USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke class destroyer, is right behind Jack H. Lucas, offering a good comparison between the fixed-face antennas for the new AN/SPY-6(V)1 radar and those for the older AN/SPY-1D fitted to earlier ships of this class. The future USS Bougainville, a subvariant of the America class amphibious assault ship, can also be seen under construction behind the two destroyers. Chris Cavas photo

The destroyer is named after Jacklyn "Jack" Lucas, who was the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor during World War II, and whose extremely colorful career with the U.S. Marines and later the U.S. Army you can read more about here.



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