USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)

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USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), named for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN (1901–1996), 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 December 1988; launched on 16 September 1989; and commissioned on 4 July 1991.

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USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), named for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN (1901–1996), 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 December 1988; launched on 16 September 1989; and commissioned on 4 July 1991.

Arleigh Burke’s designers incorporated many lessons learned by the Royal Navy during the Falklands campaign and from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers. The Ticonderoga-class cruisers were becoming too expensive to continue building and too difficult to upgrade. Arleigh Burke was the first modern destroyer designed with features meant to lower its radar cross-section, which improves a ship’s ability to evade radar detection. She also used a slightly downgraded version of the Aegis combat system, which allows for launching, tracking, and evading missiles simultaneously. Her all-steel construction provides good protection for her superstructure, while her Collective Protection System allows her to operate in environments contaminated by chemical, biological, or radiological materials.

This coin is minted in bronze, finished with an antique patina, and pays tribute to the USS Arleigh Burke, saluting the exceptional service of her crew. The obverse displays a portrait of the ship’s honored namesake, with the following inscribed:

This ship is built to fight…you had better know how!”

The reverse displays the ship in-profile, the the motto “FAST AND FEARED” featured prominently.

Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) round in diameter.

 

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