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USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)
Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) artist's conception.jpg
Conceptual image
Career (U.S.)
Namesake: Admiral Elmo Zumwalt
Awarded: 14 February 2008
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Cost: $3.5 billion[1]
Laid down: 17 November 2011[2]
Launched: late 2013 (planned)
Christened: 19 October 2013 (planned)
Commissioned: 2015 (planned)
Homeport: No homeport - under construction
General characteristics
Class & type: Zumwalt-class destroyer
Displacement: 14,564 long ton[3]
Length: 600 ft (182.9 m)
Beam: 80.7 ft (24.6 m)
Draft: 27.6 ft (8.4 m)
Installed power: Integrated Power System(IPS)
Propulsion: 2 Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbines and emergency diesel generators, 78 MW
Speed: 30.3 knots (56.1 km/h; 34.9 mph)
Complement: 142
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar (MFR) (X-band, scanned array)
Volume Search Radar (VSR) (S-band, scanned array)
Armament: 20 × MK 57 VLS modules, with 4 vertical launch cells in each module, 80 cells total. Each cell can hold one or more missiles, depending on the size of the missiles.
Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
Tactical Tomahawk Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC)
2 × 155 mm Advanced Gun System
920 × 155 mm total; 600 in automated store + Auxiliary store room with up to 320 rounds (non-automatic) as of April 2005
70-100 LRLAP rounds planned as of 2005 of total
2 × Mk 46 30 mm gun (GDLS)
Aircraft carried: 2 SH-60 LAMPS helicopters or 1 MH-60R helicopter
3 MQ-8 Fire Scout VTUAV

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is to be the lead ship of the Zumwalt class of guided missile destroyers and the first ship to be named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt.[4]

Name and hull number[edit | edit source]

Admiral Elmo Zumwalt

Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. (29 November 1920 – 2 January 2000) was an American naval officer and the youngest man to serve as Chief of Naval Operations. As an admiral and later the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, Zumwalt played a major role in U.S. military history, especially during the Vietnam War. A highly-decorated war veteran, Admiral Zumwalt reformed Naval personnel policies in an effort to improve enlisted life and ease racial tensions. After he retired from a 32-year Navy career, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Senate.

The hull classification symbol for the USS Zumwalt will be DDG-1000. In doing so, the U.S. Navy will eschew the guided missile destroyer sequence that goes up to DDG-118 (presently the last of the named Arleigh Burke-class destroyers), and continue in the previous "gun destroyer" sequence left off with the last of the Spruance-class, USS Hayler (DD-997). With the production run of the Zumwalt class limited to three units, plans are underway for a third "flight" of Arleigh-Burke class destroyers.

History[edit | edit source]

Many of the ship's features were originally developed under the DD21 program ("21st Century Destroyer"). In 2001, Congress cut the DD-21 program by half as part of the SC21 program; to save it, the acquisition program was renamed as DD(X) and heavily reworked. The initial funding allocation for DDG-1000 was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2007.[5]

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Deckhouse in transit on 6 November 2012

A contract worth $1.4bn was awarded to General Dynamics on 14 February 2008, for the construction of USS Zumwalt at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.[6] Full rate production officially began on 11 February 2009.[7]

As of July 2008, the construction timetable was for General Dynamics to deliver the ship in April 2013, with March 2015 as the target for Zumwalt to meet her initial operating capability.[8] However, by 2012, the planned completion and delivery of the vessel had slipped to Fiscal Year 2014.[9]

The first section of the ship was laid down on the slipway at Bath Iron Works on 17 November 2011.[9] By this point, fabrication of the ship was over 60% complete.[9] The naming ceremony was planned for 19 October 2013,[10] but was canceled due to the United States federal government shutdown of 2013.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Navy's largest destroyer heading into the water in Maine". Fox News. 21 October 2013. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/21/navy-largest-destroyer-heading-into-water-in-maine/. 
  2. Wertheim, Eric (January 2012). "Combat Fleets". Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute. p. 90. ISSN 0041-798X. http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2012-01/combat-fleets. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  3. "DDG 1000 Flight I Design". Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. 2007. http://www.ddg1000.com/overview/ddg1000_brief.php. 
  4. "Navy Designates Next-Generation Zumwalt Destroyer". US Department of Defense. 7 April 2006. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=9424. 
  5. NDAA 2007 - "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007". (109-452) US Government Printing Office. 5 May 2006. pp. 69–70. http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS70125. 
  6. "Navy Awards Contracts for Zumwalt Class Destroyers". Navy News Service. 14 February 2008. http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=35020. 
  7. "BIW News February 2009". General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. 1 March 2009. http://gdbiw.com/news_and_events/biw_news/2009_archive/BIWNews_Feb09_web.pdf. 
  8. "Defense Acquisitions: Cost to Deliver Zumwalt-Class Destroyers Likely to Exceed Budget". Government Accountability Office. 2008-070-31. http://www.gao.gov/htext/d08804.html.  GAO-08-804
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Flash Traffic: Keel Laid for 1st DDG-1000 Destroyer". Navy Leage of Australia. January 2012. p. 15. ISSN 1322-6231. 
  10. Cavas, Christopher (3 October 2013). "New Ship News – Sub launched, Carrier prepped, LCS delivered". Defense News. http://blogs.defensenews.com/intercepts/2013/10/8761/. 
  11. "Navy Cancels, Postpones Zumwalt Christening". United States Navy. 11 October 2013. http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=77056. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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