USS William P. Lawrence Completes Successful 'Super Trial'

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    Northrop Grumman-Built Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) Completes Successful "Super Trial"

    UNITED STATES - 25 JANUARY 2011

    The successful sea trial paved the way for delivery to the U.S. Navy in the next six weeks

    PASCAGOULA, Miss., Jan. 25, 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Aegis guided missile destroyer William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) successfully completed her combined super trial last week in the Gulf of Mexico. The successful sea trial paved the way for delivery to the Navy in the next six weeks. The company's 28th destroyer is being built in Pascagoula.

    "I want to thank our shipbuilder and Navy team for a very professional effort culminating in an outstanding acceptance trial," said Richard Schenk, test and trials vice president, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. "This is the last DDG to be delivered for a while and this team has set the bar very high. As a result of all our successful demonstrations and events, we are flying three brooms to signify your achievement. Thank you for your professionalism and teamwork."

    "I'd like to congratulate the team for a very successful acceptance trial," said U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Galinis, supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast. "This team conducted over 180 demonstrations and tests over the last week with the Board of Inspection and Survey, with all major events conducted safely and very successfully. I'm very proud of this team on the William P. Lawrence DDG 110 and the effort you put forth during the construction, test and leading to the delivery of this fine ship. Your performance on all the major events leading up to this day have been nothing short of tremendous. Each member of the Northrop Grumman and Navy team should walk off the ship with heads held high and feeling very proud because you have done an extremely tremendous job and the Navy is getting a very good ship."

    "Sea trials were excellent and they confirmed what I have been watching over the past 20 months," said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tom Williams, prospective commanding officer, DDG 110. "The Northrop Grumman shipbuilding team has produced an outstanding ship. The engineering plant will make sure we can sail fast and the weapons trial demonstrated that we can hit the enemy hard. My crew is ready to come aboard and demonstrate that our motto will be 'Never Give In.' I am very proud of this ship and that it will live up to the legacy of Admiral William P. Lawrence. The shipbuilders should be very proud of what they did here, too."

    During the trial, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) tested the ship's weapons, communications and propulsion systems and conducted several other inspections including habitability, water purification and food preparation.

    "I want to congratulate the shipbuilders from Northrop Grumman and supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast for an outstanding super trial," said Northrop Grumman's DDG 51 program manager George Nungesser. "This ship has a special significance as it is our 28th destroyer and final DDG 51 Flight IIA ship currently under contract. We expect our success in the development, construction, testing and delivery of surface combatants to continue for years to come."

    Cmdr. Williams is the ship's first commanding officer and will lead a crew of 276 officers and sailors. The 509-foot, 9,200-ton William P. Lawrence has an overall beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas-turbine propulsion plants will power the ship to speeds above 30 knots.

    DDG 110 honors the late Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, who spent nearly six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He later served as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. DDG 110's sponsors are Diane Wilcox Lawrence, widow of Vice Adm. Lawrence, and Vice Adm. Lawrence's daughters, Laurie Macpherson Lawrence and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Wendy B. Lawrence, also a former NASA astronaut.

    This highly capable multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States' military strategy. William P. Lawrence will be capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.


    Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation


    Photo: USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer being built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. She is the 60th ship in her class.
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    General characteristics:

    Class and type: Arleigh Burke class destroyer

    Displacement: 9,200 tons

    Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)

    Beam: 66 ft (20 m)

    Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)

    Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)

    Speed: 30+ knots

    Complement: 380 officers and enlisted

    Armament: 1 × 32 cell, 1 × 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems;
    96 × RIM-66 SM-2, BGM-109 long-range Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles

    1 × 5 in (127 mm)/62, 2 × 25 mm,
    4 × 12.7 mm guns
    2 × Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes

    Aircraft carried: 2 × SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters
     
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    Northrop Grumman Delivers U.S. Navy's Newest DDG 51 Class Destroyer, William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)
    UNITED STATES - 24 FEBRUARY 2011

    PASCAGOULA, Miss., Feb. 24, 2011 -- The U.S. Navy accepted Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) latest Aegis guided missile destroyer today in a ceremony held on the fantail of the Navy's newest ship. William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is the 28th DDG 51 Class destroyer built at the company's shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula.

    "We are here today celebrating the culmination of 175 weeks of hard work and dedication from thousands of shipbuilders, teammates and shipmates," said George Nungesser, program manager of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's DDG 51 program. "This ship went to sea as the most complete DDG to-date. To the officers and crew of DDG 110, the shipbuilders will always be watching you and supporting your success. We wish you fair winds and following seas."
    William P. Lawrence will be commissioned later this year in Pensacola, Fla.

    "This ship was the most complete going to trials and it by far performed the best during those trials," said U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Galinis, supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast. "Across the board, this ship scored 15 to 20 percent higher than any of the previous DDGs. And that speaks volumes for the work that was done by the Shipbuilding/Navy team."

    U.S. Navy Cmdr. Thomas R. Williams, is the ship's first commanding officer and will lead a crew of over 300 officers and sailors. The 510-foot, 9,500-ton William P. Lawrence has an overall beam of 59 feet and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas-turbine propulsion plants will power the ship to speeds above 30 knots.

    "The story of Adm. Lawrence is inspiring," said Cmdr. Williams. "It inspires me and my crew to strive for greatness every day. When we leave this shipyard, we don't know what the world has out there, but I know this ship is our home. This is the Navy's best crew. And we won't let down the shipbuilders, the men and women of Northrop Grumman, and the American people when we leave the shipyard. We will never ever give in. "

    DDG 110 honors the late Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, who spent nearly six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. He later served as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

    This highly capable multi-mission ship can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States' military strategy. William P. Lawrence will be capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.



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    U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS William P. Lawrence
    UNITED STATES - 24 FEBRUARY 2011

    USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is the 60th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS William P. Lawrence from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding during a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss, Feb. 23.

    Designated DDG 110, William P. Lawrence is the 60th ship of the Arleigh Burke class.

    Delivery of DDG 110 follows the successful completion of combined "super trials" in the Gulf of Mexico, Jan. 21. Throughout the three-day evolution, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey tested the ship and its systems, including the communications, combat and propulsion systems, to demonstrate the ship's operational capability.

    DDG 110 exhibited significant improvements in the level of completion, final finish and performance compared to previous ships of the class.

    "DDG 110 proved her operational worth last month in a rigorous round of sea trial evolutions, so we know she can perform as designed," said Capt. Pete Lyle, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 51 Class program manager. "Delivering William P. Lawrence marks a great success for the Navy and will provide the fleet with a highly capable combatant to guarantee freedom of the seas."

    Accepting delivery of DDG 110 represents the official transfer from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in William P. Lawrence's transition to operational status.

    William P. Lawrence is a multi-mission guided-missile destroyer designed to operate in multi-threat air, surface and subsurface environments. The ship is equipped with the Navy's Aegis Combat System, the world's foremost integrated naval weapon system. The class provides outstanding combat capability and survivability characteristics while minimizing procurement and lifetime support costs due to the program's maturity. The DDG 51 program continues to reinforce affordability and efficiency, with a commitment to deliver ships at the highest possible quality.

    As one of DoD's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships, an affiliated PEO of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all major surface combatants, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.

    Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule.



    Source: U.S. Navy
     

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