Navy takes delivery of future USS Zumwalt

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The following is the text of a news release from Naval Sea Systems Command:

(BATH, Maine) — The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy’s next generation of multi-mission surface combatants, on Friday. 

DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.

Ship delivery follows extensive tests, trials and demonstrations of the ship’s hull, mechanical, and electrical systems including the ship’s boat handling, anchor and mooring systems as well as major demonstrations of the damage control, ballasting, navigation and communications systems.

“Today represents a significant achievement for not only the DDG 1000 program and shipbuilding team but for the entire U.S. Navy,” said Rear Adm. (Select) Jim Downey, DDG 1000 program manager, Program Executive Office Ships. “This impressive ship incorporates a new design alongside the integration of sophisticated new technologies that will lead the Navy into the next generation of capabilities.”  

The 610-foot, wave-piercing tumblehome ship design provides a wide array of advancements. The shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas significantly reduce radar cross section, making the ship less visible to enemy radar at sea. 

Zumwalt is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable integrated power system (IPS) distributing 1,000 volts of direct current across the ship. The IPS’ unique architectural capabilities include the ability to allocate all 78 megawatts of installed power to propulsion, ship’s service, and combat system loads from the same gas turbine prime movers based on operational requirements. Each ship in the class features a battery of two advanced gun systems (AGS) capable of firing long-range land attack projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing threefold range improvement in naval surface fires coverage. Each ship is equipped with 80 advanced vertical launch (AVLS) cells for Tomahawk missiles, evolved Sea Sparrow missiles (ESSM), standard missiles, and vertical launch anti-submarine rockets (ASROC) (VLA).

The ship will employ active and passive sensors and a multi-function radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including overland, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface.

Following delivery and a crew certification period at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works (BIW), the ship will be commissioned in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 15. Zumwalt will then transit to its home port in San Diego, where mission systems activation will continue in parallel with a post-delivery availability. 

“Zumwalt's crew has diligently trained for months in preparation of this day and they are ready and excited to take charge of this ship on behalf of the U.S. Navy," said Capt. James Kirk, commanding officer of the future Zumwalt. “These are 143 of our nation's finest men and women who continue to honor Adm. Zumwalt's namesake with their dedication to bringing this ship to life.”

BIW is also constructing follow-on ships, the future Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).

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By Professional Mariner Staff