|151207-N-ZZ999-435 (ATLANTIC OCEAN) - The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 7. The multi-mission ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)
The Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) is the largest and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world. Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea.
The Zumwalt-class destroyer will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. Stealthy, powerful, and lethal, the Navy created the Zumwalt-class to bridge from current needs to future capabilities – adding space and power accommodating systems not yet imagined but designed to counter adversaries that challenge us now and in the decades to come.
Designed to combat the threats of today as well as those of coming decades, these ships are equipped with numerous advanced technology and survivability systems.
DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS). Key design features that make the Zumwalt class’ IPS architecture unique include the ability to provide power to propulsion, ship’s service, and combat system loads from the same gas turbine prime movers. DDG 1000’s power allocation flexibility allows for potentially significant energy savings and is well-suited to enable future high energy weapons and sensors.
The wave-piercing tumblehome design has facilitated a wide array of advancements. The composite superstructure significantly reduces radar cross section and other signatures, making the ship harder to detect by enemies at sea. The design also allows for optimal manning with a standard crew size of 147, plus an air detachment of 28 sailors, thereby decreasing life cycle operations and support costs.
The Zumwalt-class will employ active and passive sensors and a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land search and track, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) is responsible for design, construction, integration, testing and delivery of the Zumwalt class, and the DDG 1002 steel deckhouse, hangar, and aft Peripheral Vertical Launch System (PVLS). Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is responsible for the fabrication of the composite deckhouse, helicopter hangar, and aft PVLS for DDG 1000 and DDG 1001. Raytheon is responsible for the Total Ship Computing Environment, procurement and activation of numerous mission systems, and combat systems integration, with BAE providing the AGS.
Construction on USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) commenced in February 2009; the ship was commissioned on October 15, 2016. In its homeport of San Diego, the ship is undergoing its Combat Systems Activation (CSA) period and Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E), as part of the process toward achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC).
DDG 1001 was named Michael Monsoor in October 2008 by then-Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter, honoring Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. The Navy accepted hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) delivery for DDG 1001 on April 26, 2018. DDG 1001 is scheduled to be commissioned in San Diego, Calif. January 26, 2019. Following commissioning, Michael Monsoor will begin combat systems activation, testing and trials.
In April 2012, then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named DDG 1002 in honor of our nation's 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson. The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was launched on Dec. 9, 2018 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, and is scheduled to be christened in the spring of 2019.