- All steel construction, except for raked aluminum tripod mast
- Reduced radar cross section, caused by sloped exterior bulkheads and smaller deckhouse volume, for stealth
- Full Collective Protection System (CPS) and Countermeasure Washdown (CMWD) System, enabling continued war-fighting in Chemical, Biological, and Radiological environments
- Considerable flair and "v" shape hull-form for high speeds in high seas
- Sprinkling systems in each berthing compartment, ammunition magazine, and perimeters of the Combat Information Center (CIC) and Combat System Equipment Room (CSER).
- 6 - 1000 gpm, close-coupled, titanium fire pumps
- Insulated Fire Zone Bulkheads
- Data Multiplexing System (DMS) - provides redundant communication paths for vital ship systems
- 4 - LM2500 Gas Turbine Engines (50,000 shaft horsepower per shaft)
- 2 - High power, resiliently mounted, Main Reduction Gears with separate thrust bearings
- 2 - 17 ft., outboard turning, Controllable Reversible Pitch Propellers
- 2 - Rudders
- 3 – 2500 KW, Allison 501-K34 Ship Service Turbine Generators
- 4 - 200 Ton A/C units
- 2 - 12,000 gallons per day, Reverse Osmosis Type Desalination Plants
- 6 - Fuel Tank Groups providing 450,000 gallons of fuel
- Plastic, Metal, Glass, and Paper Waste Recycling System
Weapons and Sensors
- Aegis Combat System: allows for automatic detection, evaluation, and engagement of targets with greater accuracy and firepower than any conventional combat system.
- SPY-1D Phased Array Radar System: capable of detecting extremely small objects travelling at many times the speed of sound at high and low altitudes.
- SH-60B SEAHAWK Light Airborne Multipurpose System (LAMPS) Helicopter: provides long range over the horizon (OTH) sensor capability via digital data link.
- Mk 15 PHALANX Close-in Weapon System (CIWS): automatically detects and engages incoming anti-ship missiles at close range with 4500 rounds per minute.
- Standard Missile-2 (SM-2): primary missile used for air defense; launched via VLS.
- Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles (TLAM): engages land-based targets at great range with extreme accuracy in coordination with other strike assets; launched via VLS.
- ASW Suite: consists of hull-mounted sonar, towed array sonar, and LAMPS to localize and engage submarine targets.
- Anti-submarine Rockets (ASROC): used to engage hostile submarines at long range.
- Vertical Launch System (VLS): 90 modules (29 forward and 61 aft) capable of firing SM-2, TLAM, and ASROC.
- Advanced Acoustic Homing Torpedoes: fired from six topside torpedo tubes, VLS, and the SH-60B.
- 5"/54 cal. Gun: provides gunfire support, as necessary, to Marines and soldiers ashore; engages hostile surface contacts and close range air contacts.
- Harpoon Anti-ship Cruise Missiles: used for surface warfare engagement.