The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of the USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000, the lead ship in the Navy’s next generation multi-mission destroyer. DDG 1000 USS ZUMWALT achieved Hull Mechanical & Electrical delivery from shipbuilder General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in May 2016. With this latest delivery, she will transition from Combat Systems Activation to the next phase of at sea testing. She will join the U.S. Pacific Fleet battle force and remains assigned to Surface Development Squadron One.
The 610 foot ship design features a wave piercing tumble home hull and an integrated power system capable of distributing 1000 volts of direct current across the ships’ entirety. Adding to its stealthiness, the shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas significantly reduces radar cross section, making the ship less visible to enemy radars.
“Every day the ship is at sea, the officers and crew learn more about her capability, and can immediately inform the continued development of tactics, techniques, and procedures to not only integrate Zumwalt into the fleet, but to advance the Navy’s understanding of operations with a stealth destroyer,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, the Commanding Officer of USS ZUMWALT. “After sailing over 9000 miles and 100 days at sea in 2019, we are absolutely looking forward to more aggressive at-sea testing and validation of the combat systems leading to achievement of initial operational capability.”
Class of 3 the USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000 is the first ship of the Zumwalt-class destroyers. The USS MICHAEL MONSOOR DDG 1001 is homeported in San Diego and is undergoing combat systems activation. The third and final ship of the class, the future USS LYNDON B. JOHNSON DDG 1002, is under construction at BIW’s shipyard in Bath, Maine.
Main photo – Arriving at her new homeport in San Diego on December 8th 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn)
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Published – Wednesday 29th April, 2020