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September 2, 2021

US Navy’s final Zumwalt-class destroyer completes builder’s trials

The trials included in-port and at-sea demonstrations.

The US Navy’s Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) guided missile destroyer, USS Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), has successfully completed builder’s trials.

These trials, which included in-port and at-sea demonstrations, enabled the US Navy and shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GD BIW) to test the ship’s systems.

US Navy Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships programme manager captain Matthew Schroeder said: “Trials provide an opportunity for the navy and industry team to test the capability and readiness of the ship.

“DDG 1002 is a warship that is going to equip our fleet with next-generation capability and capacity for the high-end fight.”

With the completion of the builder’s trials, the vessel is ready to prove its hull, mechanical, and electrical systems, and complete the installation and activation of the combat systems.

DDG 1002 is the third and final ship in the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers. It will provide both multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities to the fleet.

GD BIW conducted the keel laying ceremony for USS Lyndon B Johnson in January 2017.

Designed for littoral and land attack operations, the Zumwalt-class multi-mission vessels feature an advanced electric propulsion system, a wave-piercing tumblehome hull, and stealth design.

The vessels are armed with a multi-function radar and a battery of two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) to fire Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP).

The technologically advanced surface combatants can conduct area air surveillance, including over-land, throughout the sea-land interface, power projection, and command and control missions.

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