U.S. Prepares Destroyers for 35-Year Lives

NORFOLK, Va. – The Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), namesake of all current U.S. destroyers, was berthed earlier this month just opposite one of the newest of the breed, the Jason Dunham (DDG 109). The Burke's smart outward appearance belied its 20-plus years in the fleet, and inside, courtesy of a major modernization, the ship now boasts major upgrades that rival many of the new systems in its 1-year-old fleet mate.

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