When our midshipmen take on West Point’s cadets in the 116th Army-Navy Game, the mids will be wearing uniforms that pay homage to seven types of our ships – detailed on seven hand-painted helmets that each player will wear, assigned by position.
As we countdown towards our 14th consecutive victory against Army, we’re sharing how these ships and their Sailors protect and defend America.
So far, we’ve highlighted our submarines (wide receivers); littoral combat ships (running backs), and amphibious assault ships (linemen). Today, we continue with the defensive backs’ destroyer helmets.
Known for significant fire power, speed, and anti-missile defense; as are Navy’s defensive backs.
DDG 51 and DDG 1000 destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.
On Monday, the lead ship of a class of next-generation, multi-mission destroyers – the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) – got underway for the first time to conduct at-sea tests and trials. The ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.
Watch DDG 1000 underway in the Atlantic Ocean below.
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