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USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)

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USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) named for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke is the lead ship of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. She was laid down by the Bath Iron Works company at Bath, Maine, on 6 Dember 1988, and launched on 16 September 1989 by Mrs. Roberta (Gorsuch) Burke. 

After being commissioned, and throughout 1992, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) conducted extensive testing at sea. As is often the case with new ship classes, U.S. Navy officers and shipyard engineers encountered a number of problems with some shipboard systems that required the attention of this warship's design and production agencies.

Following her initial operational testing, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea in 1993, serving as the "Green Crown" during Operation Provide Promise. During her fourth cruise in 2000–2001, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) saw service in the Mediterranean and Red Seas and in the Perisan Gulf, enforcing United Nations sanctions against Iraq and conducting exercises with allied naval partners.

In August 2010, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) entered the BAE Systems Ship Repair shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia for DDG Modernization, a program to upgrade the ship's systems and to extend the service life to 40 years. On 23 September 2014 USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) took part in the 2014 military intervention against ISIS, firing Tomahawk missiles on targets in Syria while the ship was in the Red Sea.