Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) is the 34th Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer built at Ingalls. It is the first ship named to honor Chief Nurse Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (1874 – 1941), a leading trailblazer in the Navy Nurse Corps and the first woman to earn the Navy Cross. Higbee retired from the Navy Nurse Corps in 1922 after fourteen years in service.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships that 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. They are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface threats. The ship contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st Century.
Propulsion: Four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines; two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower
Length: 510 feet (155.29 meters)
Beam: 66 feet (20 meters)
Displacement: 9,496 L tons (9,648.40 metric tons) full load
Speed: In excess of 30 knots
Standard Missile (SM-2MR)
Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) missiles
Six MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple-tube mounts)
Close In Weapon System (CIWS)
5” MK 45 Gun
Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
Aircraft: Two LAMPS MK III MH-60 B/R helicopters with Penguin/Hellfire missiles and MK 46/MK 50 torpedoes
SPY-1D Radar and Combat System Integrator-Lockheed Martin