USS Arleigh Burke slips out of Halifax in misty conditions this afternoon after a six hour port call.
Launched in 1989 and commissioned in 1991 (and subject of at least one major refit) the ship was the first in a class that now numbers more than 60 ships. The impressive looking vessels are cruiser size, but are classed as destroyers, and are the only destroyers in the current USN.
The namesake of the ship was one of the great USN figures in modern times. Despite relatively short stints of sea-time he was a destroyer hero in World War II ending his career as an Admiral and longest serving Chief of Naval Operations. He was also the first living naval officer to see a ship commissioned with his name.
The ship is based in Norfolk, VA.