Arleigh Burke Class

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These destroyers from the outset were designed and built to protect aircraft carriers from enemy missiles and attack aircraft.  They have the latest and greatest Aegis radar systems, as well as advanced missile launch systems.  The class was named for Admiral Arleigh "31 Knot" Burke, who was the Chief of Naval Operations from 1955 to 1961.  The Burke Class destroyers are the only major surface combatants currently under construction for the US Navy. We offer prints of all the destroyers in this class!

Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer Prints by George E. Beida

The first 11 ships in this class were designated Flight I, and were all built to the same specifications.  Shown below are three examples of this group.  Note the details of George's artwork by clicking on the thumbnail.  After viewing the larger image, click your browser's BACK button to return to this page.

Profile drawing of the USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51 by George Bieda Profile drawing of the USS Ramage DDG 61 by George Bieda Profile drawing of the USS Milius DDG 69 by George Bieda
USS Arleigh Burke DDG 51 USS Ramage DDG 61 USS Milius DDG 69

The second production run of Arleigh Burke Class destroyers includes hull numbers DDG 72 through DDG 77.  The displacement of these ships (9,033 tons vs. 8,343 tons for Flight I) was somewhat  greater than the first 11, but many other characteristics remained the same.  Several examples are shown below.  You can view a larger image by clicking on the thumbnail, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.

Profile drawing of the USS Mahan DDG 72 by George Bieda Profile drawing of the USS Donald Cook DDG 75 by George Bieda
USS Mahan DDG 72 USS Donald Cook DDG 75


Profile drawing of the USS Bulkeley DDG 84 by George BiedaProfile drawing of the USS James E. Williams DDG 95 by George BiedaAfter DDG-78, the Burke Class received a few key upgrades.  Six additional vertical launch missile cells were added, increasing the ship's attack capabilities, along with expanded facilities in the stern to accommodate two SH-60 Seahawk helicopters.  Changes were made to the superstructure to reduce the ships' radar profile, as well. These ships are known as the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers, Flight IIa, sometimes referred to as the Oscar Austin Class, as this was the first ship to be built to the new specifications. Shown here is the USS Lassen (DDG-82) and the USS James E. Williams DDG 95.  Click on either thumbnail for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.

Be sure to select your ship and print size when ordering!  We have them all listed by hull number, and have included all the ships in active service, as well as those that have been authorized, ordered, or are under construction, so that all 62 ships in the Class are listed.

The Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers by George E. Bieda
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