For anyone in the naval combat support community, this story is a big deal.
The U.S. Navy has always experimented with new warship designs, but a substantial change to vessels at the core of the warfighting fleet is a rare occurrence. Creating a new class of service destroyers is that type of change.
Two of the big experiments in warship design I witnessed as a defense contractor employee were the Littoral Combat Ship and DDG-1000. Neither survived as continuing production vessels, but lessons learned from both appear to be incorporated in the new DDG(x).
This is good news for American taxpayers who expect their naval forces to be well managed, up to date, and reliable.