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    The latest DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis missile system destroyer Rafael Peralta has passed its acceptance tests and is now about to join the operational fleet of the US Navy, defense contractor General Dynamics said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Navy will take delivery of the destroyer in February and the ship will depart Bath later this spring. She joins the other 34 active Bath-built DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class warships in active service, the release stated on Wednesday.

    There are currently three other DDG 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers in production at Bath Iron Works: the Thomas Hudner, the Daniel Inouye and the Carl M. Levin, according to the release.

    The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers carry anti-submarine capabilities, the AEGIS combat system that tracks and destroys enemy targets, a vertical launching system, two SH-60 helicopters, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk anti-ship and land-attack missiles, the release added.

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