Navy Destroyer

CMDR Leo Albea: Ah, well I’ll tell ya, we bring a lot of combat power, uh, a destroyer does to a fleet. CMDR Leo Albea: For destroyers, ever since WWII it’s always been about defending the carrier. Uh, whether in perimeter defense, in air defense, whether it’s sub hunting, we operate with the carrier strictly to make sure that she’s safe wherever she’s going, and to get her anywhere around the globe. CMDR Nick Serra: The AEGIS weapons system, the weapons system that all the destroyers and all the cruisers have today, was based upon WWII and shooting down kamikazes. So what they wanted to do is design a missile system and a radar system to compliment it, that could reach out and shoot down a kamikaze, or as things evolved, an incoming missile. But that’s the whole reason that these types of ships were built. LT Moreen Kitchens: When we fly into and out of the airspace of the carrier, we actually check in on the radios with the, uh, one of the destroyers before we get passed off and we’re like cleared to land on the carrier. CMDR Leo Albea: You know sometimes, it may look like to a casual observer that we’re just kind of out there on the water doing our own thing. But every move, every course change, every speed change, everything is carefully orchestrated. CMDR Leo Albea: And on the bridge here, with the Sailors that we have, this is where we drive some of the daily business of a ship. Uh, it’s a ceremonial area, so whenever we’re up on the bridge it’s always very formal. The next really, really key compartment on the ship would be combat information center. That’s where all the sensors, uh, from control of the 5-inch gun up forward to where we launch our missiles, uh, to where we launch our torpedoes, all the weapons systems, they can launch from the combat information center. That’s kind of the hub, the heart, the center of the ship. Particularly a destroyer when it’s out at sea. CMDR Leo Albea: Uh, the next place, you know, that I would probably take you to if I had a chance is down to central control station which is the heart of engineering. The pride of destroyers is their speed. We can go fast. We’ve got four gas turbine engines…hundred thousand shaft horsepower… what you would see down there is a very simple console, but it manages a very complicated power plant that produces the power that powers all of this here. The next place I would probably take ya then would be the flight deck. Again, we have two helo hangers and we can receive two helicopters as a detachment on board. LT Brandy Roberts: Basically the air traffic controller passes control to me, and then I talk to the helicopter and basically tell them what the ship is doing, ya know, what our winds are, what course we’re driving on, what the pitch and roll of the ship is. CMDR Leo Albea: Hey, if it flies in the sky, we can take it. If it’s coming underwater, we can take it. If it’s sailing on the surface, we can take it. We’ve got the missiles, the guns, the weapons, but, more importantly, the Sailors with those special skill sets. And that’s kind of our mission, our mantra, uh, to be able to provide that combat power any time.

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