P 840 - USS Howard DDG 83


Length Height Weight Packaging
5.1 in (12.9 cm) 1.4 in (3.56 cm) 40 gm (1.4 oz) Blister Pack

This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of USS Howard DDG 83 a Flight IIA ship of the US Navy's Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyers named for Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie E Howard USMC who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership of a platoon defending against repreated attacks by a battalion sized Vietcong force during the Vietnam War.

The Arleigh Burke Class is named for Admiral Arleigh "31 Knot" Burke the most famous US Navy destroyer officer of World War II and subsequently Chief of Naval Operations for an unprecedented three terms.

The Arleigh Burke class are designed and built around the AEGIS combat system and SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar with a new waterplane area hull form, characterized by a considerable flair and "V" shape appearance at the waterline, that is designed to permit high speed operation in high sea states while significantly improves sea keeping ability. Breaking with previous American construction practice the Arleigh Burke class are built entirely of steel, rather than having a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, a decision prompted by a 1975 fire aboard USS Belknap that gutted her aluminum superstructure and observation of battle damage to British ships during the Falklands War.

The ships are fitted with the AN/SQQ-89 integrated ASW Suite; the AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar, which provides extremely long-range passive detection of enemy submarines; and the AN/SQS-53C Hull-Mounted SONAR which is used to actively and passively detect and locate submarine contacts. These systems are supplemented by the SLQ-32V(2) Electronic Warfare Suite, which includes passive detection systems and decoy countermeasures.

In addition the Arleigh Burke class ships are equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), a multi-warfare missile launching system capable of firing a mix of missiles against airborne and surface threats that is interfaced with the ship's AEGIS Weapon System; Harpoon anti-ship missiles with a range in excess of 65 nautical miles which are fired from stand-alone launchers; and a 5"/54 Caliber Gun and Mark 34 Gun Weapon System that can be used as an anti-ship weapon and for close-in air contacts as well as for providing Naval Gun-Fire Support (NGFS) for amphibious operations.

The ships are powered by four General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine Engines with each engine room containing two LM2500s; one propulsion reduction gear to convert the high speed, low torque output of the gas turbine engine to low speed, high torque output suitable to drive the propulsion shafting; and the related support systems and equipment. The starboard shaft connects 1A and 1B GTEs in Main Engine Room #1 and port shaft connects 2A and 2B GTEs in Main Engine Room #2. Since the gas turbine engines cannot be reversed, controllable reversible pitch propellers provide ahead and astern thrust by hydraulically changing the pitch of the propeller blades. When viewed from the stern, the port shaft rotates counterclockwise and the starboard shaft clockwise, producing outward propeller rotation.

The Flight IIA ships have several new features, the most significant of which is the addition of two hangars for ASW helicopters, that have led some to suggest that they be renamed the "Oscar Austin" class after the first ship, USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79). The other changes in design, mainly to improve littoral warfare effectiveness, include an organic minehunting capability and the introduction of area theater ballistic missile defense capabilities as well as an increase in the VLS system from 90 to 96 cells. Starting with USS Winston Churchill (DDG 83) the ships are fitted with the new, longer 5-inch/62-caliber naval gun and later Flight IIA ships have a modified funnel design that buries the funnels within the superstructure as a signature-reduction measure.

Construction of the helicopter hangar, located aft of the after Vertical Launching System (VLS), is the most visible change in Flight IIA ships. The hangar is large enough to accommodate 2 SH-60F helicopters, support equipment, repair shops and store rooms. Modifications were also made for additional crew required for a helicopter detachment to deploy with the ship. As a result of the increased elevation of the after section of the ship, the aft facing AN/SPY-1D arrays were raised 8 feet to provide visibility over the hangar.

In October 2000 an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Cole, was damaged and almost sunk while in port at Aden, Yemen by an improvised explosive device delivered by suicide bombers in a boat. The ship was taken back to the United States for repair and returned to service in 2001.

The model is marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, "US Navy Series", model number P 840, and the description "Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer".


Specifications

Name: USS Howard DDG-83
Assignment: US Third Fleet
Carrier Strike Group 7 (CSG-7)
Destroyer Squadron 7 (DESRON 7)
Home Port: Naval Base San Diego, California
Builders: Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine
Laid Down:: 9th December 1998
Launched: 20th November 1999
Commissioned: 20th October 2001
Displacement: 9,200 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 509 ft 6 ins (155.3 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20.1 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Armament: 1 x Mark 45 (Mod 4) 5" 62 calibre Dual Purpose Gun
2 x Mark 38 (M242) Bushmaster 25 mm chain guns
4 x M2 Browning .50 calibre machine guns
2 x 20 mm 6 barrel GE Vulcan Phalanx CIWS

1 x 32 cell and 1 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with
combination of -
RIM-67 SM-2 Standard surface-to-air missiles;
BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles; and
RUM-139 VL-ASROC anti-submarine missiles
2 x Mk 46 triple torpedo tubes
Countermeasures: AEGIS Combat System AN/SPY-1D 3-D Phased Array Radar
AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Suite
AN/SQQ-89 Integrated ASW Suite
AN/SQS-53C(V) Sonar
AN/SQR-19 Towed Array Sonar
MK116 MOD 7 Underwater Fire Control System
AN/SWG- I A (V) Harpoon Launcher Control System
AN/SWG-3A TOMAHAWK Weapon Control System
AN/SLQ-25A NIXIE Torpedo Countermeasures
MK 36 MOD 6 Decoy Launching System (6 Launchers)
Propulsion: 4 x General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 100,000 shp (75 MW),
two shafts each with controllable reversible pitch propellerss
Maximum Speed:: 30+ knots (56+ km/h)
Complement: 380 Ships Company - Officers & Crew
Aircraft: 2 x SH-60 Seahawk Helicopters
Disposal: In Service
Ships in Class: Flight I -

USS Arleigh Burke - DDG 51
USS Barry - DDG 52
USS John Paul Jones - DDG 53
USS Curtis Wilbur - DDG 54
USS Stout - DDG 55
USS John S. McCain - DDG 56
USS Mitscher - DDG 57
USS Laboon - DDG 58
USS Russell - DDG 59
USS Paul Hamilton - DDG 60
USS Ramage - DDG 61
USS Fitzgerald - DDG 62
USS Stethem - DDG 63
USS Carney - DDG 64
USS Benfold - DDG 65
USS Gonzalez - DDG 66
USS Cole - DDG 67
USS The Sullivans - DDG 68
USS Milius - DDG 69
USS Hopper - DDG 70
USS Ross - DDG 71

Flight II -

USS Mahan - DDG 72
USS Decatur - DDG 73
USS McFaul - DDG 74
USS Donald Cook - DDG 75
USS Higgins - DDG 76
USS O'Kane - DDG 77
USS Porter - DDG 78

Flight IIA (5"/54 Variant)-

USS Oscar Austin - DDG 79
USS Roosevelt - DDG 80
Flight IIA (5"/62 Variant)-

USS Winston S Churchill - DDG 81
USS Lassen - DDG 82
USS Howard - DDG 83
USS Bulkeley - DDG 84
USS McCampbell - DDG 85
USS Shoup - DDG 86
USS Mason - DDG 87
USS Preble - DDG 88
USS Mustin - DDG 89
USS Chafee - DDG 90
USS Pinckney - DDG 91
USS Momsen - DDG 92
USS Chung Hoon - DDG 93
USS Nitze - DDG 94
USS James E. Williams - DDG 95
USS Bainbridge - DDG 96
USS Halsey - DDG 97
USS Forrest Sherman - DDG 98
USS Farragut - DDG 99
USS Kidd - DDG 100
USS Gridley - DDG 101
USS Sampson - DDG 1022
USS Truxtun - DDG 103
USS Sterett - DDG 104
USS Dewey - DDG 105
USS Stockdale - DDG 106
USS Gravely - DDG 107
USS Wayne E Meyer - DDG 108
USS Jason Dunham - DDG 109
USS William P Lawrence - DDG 110
USS Spruance - DDG 111
USS Michael Murphy - DDG 112
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

USS Howard - DDG 83

Photograph of USS Howard - Courtesy US Navy


Further details can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - USS Howard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Howard_(DDG_83)
Wikipedia - Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arleigh_Burke_class_destroyerr
US Navy Web Site http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/destroyers/destroyers.asp
FAS "The Military Analysis Network" - Spruance Class http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/ddg-51.htmm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/usa/surface.htm