The U.S. Navy accepts delivery of USS Zumwalt

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The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy’s next-generation of multi-mission surface combatants on 24th April, the U.S. Navy has announced.

Following this delivery, the ship will transition from combat systems activation to the next phase of developmental and integrated at-sea testing.

This event marks a major milestone of the dual delivery approach for USS Zumwalt, which achieved hull mechanical & electrical delivery from shipbuilder General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in May 2016. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems was the prime contractor for the Zumwalt combat system and has led activation and integration for Zumwalt class ships both in Bath, Maine and San Diego.

With delivery, USS Zumwalt joins the U.S. Pacific Fleet battle force and remains assigned to Surface Development Squadron One. In addition to at-sea testing of the Zumwalt combat system, DDG 1000 will also operate as a key enabler in the acceleration of new warfighting capabilities and rapid development and validation of operational tactics, techniques, and procedures.

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The 610 foot, wave-piercing tumblehome ship design provides a wide array of advancements. Employing an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS), DDG 1000 has the capacity to distribute 1000 volts of direct current across the ships’ entirety, allowing for enhanced power capability for various operational requirements. Additionally, the shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas significantly reduce radar cross-section, making the ship less visible to enemy radars.

USS Zumwalt is the first ship of the Zumwalt-class destroyers. USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) is also 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.

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