The US Navy has commissioned its next-generation destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) at Naval Air Station North Island, in San Diego, California.
The DDG-1001 is the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of destroyers, and is named in honour of Medal of Honor recipient Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Michael Monsoor.
The commissioning of the next-generation destroyer was marked by a ceremony, which was attended by Monsoor’s mother, who is the ship’s sponsor.
US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said: “USS Michael Monsoor is one of the most capable warfighting assets our nation has to offer. This ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence for decades to come and I am confident the crew will operate this vessel with the level of expertise, courage, and strength needed to overcome any challenge.”
The future USS Michael Monsoor is equipped with new technologies and can be used as a multi-mission platform that can operate as an integral part of naval, joint or combined maritime forces.
With a considerably larger flight deck, the vessel can house two MH-60R helicopters and three vertical take-off UAVs to conduct surface, aviation, and undersea missions.
The Michael Monsoor contains a vertical launch system, which comprises large cells, allowing it to fire larger and more advanced land and anti-ship missiles in the future.
Built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, the nearly 16,000t Michael Monsoor measures 610ft in length and has a beam of 87ft.
The vessel is powered by two Rolls-Royce main turbine generators, two Rolls-Royce auxiliary turbine generators, two 34.6MW advanced induction motors.
Prior to the commissioning, the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey carried out a review of the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway.
The US Navy commissioned the lead ship of the Zumwalt-class, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), in October 2016.