The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is the U.S. Navy’s first class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multi function passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, the most famous American destroyer officer of World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The class leader, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke’s lifetime.
Arleigh Burke-Class Maneuver
This high-speed hairpin turn footage of the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer amazing maneuver, a superb performance for a 505-foot-long, 9000-ton guided missile destroyer. This remarkable demonstration confirmed exactly why these Arleigh Burke-class warships are such prized assets within the U.S. Navy, since they possess very impressive speed (in excess of 35 knots) and extreme maneuverability.