A DDG is 509 feet long with a 66-foot beam. It weighs 9,300 tons and takes 3.5 years to build. DDG class ships provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities and can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and underway replenishment groups. They have a crew of about 356.
A DDG Aegis guided missile destroyer is equipped with:
- 2 MK 41 vertical launching systems
- 1 5-inch gun turret
- 2 MK 32 triple-barrel torpedo mounts
- Advanced radar and sonar systems that allow it to engage targets in the air, on the sea and underwater.
- Four gas turbine engines that can reach a maximum speed of more than 30 knots.