Destroyers: “Tin Can” Legacy Forged of Lethal Steel

Surface Warriors

140923-N-ZS026-521.JPG PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2014) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to the George Washington and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups are underway in formation at the conclusion of Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a U.S.-only exercise integrating Navy, Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps assets, offering real-world joint operational experience to develop capabilities that provide a full range of options to defend U.S. interests and those of its allies and partners. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Trevor Welsh/Released)

Destroyers, a.k.a., “Tin Cans”-the legendary Greyhounds of the Sea, have patrolled the world’s oceans with domineering force since 1902. Over the last 116 years, these U.S. Navy warships have made their name as the most unique and capable surface combatants.

This month will see the addition of two of the most lethal and advanced destroyers to ever cut through the seas. Of the Arleigh Burke (DDG…

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