Navy destroyers don’t just carry missiles and torpedoes (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
The U.S. Navy’s fleet of modern destroyers is ready to serve up a piping hot cup of democracy in small packages if needed.
With over 66 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers currently in the fleet (and at least another dozen planned or under construction), these ships are the go-to asset for the Navy when it comes to surface warfare. While their primary armament is a wide-range of 90+ assorted multi-million dollar missiles, these ships also carry some more traditional weapons — guns.
For use against things such as a Johnny Jihad-type in a rowboat, floating mines bobbing along the surface, and other assorted sketchy things not worth burning a missile on, each of these modern warships carry a number of pintle weapons mounts for M2 and M240 machine guns. The M2, a classic .50-cal BMG design dating to the last days of WWI, has been a staple of naval vessels for generations. The 7.62x51mm M240 replaced the Vietnam-era M60 in the past couple of decades.
Also in each ship’s armory are an array of small arms such as M14 and M16 rifles, M4 carbines, shotguns, M9 Berettas (being replaced by M17 Sigs) and non-lethal laser dazzlers for use by the ship’s security reaction force and