Truxtun completes builder’s sea trials

Published 1:52 pm Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Truxtun, an Aegis guided missile destroyer built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, has completed two days of builder’s sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.

The destroyer will undergo Navy trials next week.

The Truxtun is one of four DDG-51 class destroyers in the Pascagoula shipyard. Northrop Grumman is contracted to build 28 destroyers.

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The company says all major hull, mechanical and electrical systems were tested during the trial as well as combat systems.

The ship is named for Commodore Thomas Truxtun, captain of the first U.S. Navy ship, USS Constellation. Truxtun began his career as a privateer during the American Revolution.

Appointed captain by George Washington in 1794, he was responsible for the first capture of an enemy vessel, a French frigate, during the Quasi-War with France in 1799.