The US Navy has accepted delivery of the first Zumwalt-class destroyer, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), at its new homeport in San Diego.

The vessel will now transition from Combat Systems Activation to the next phase of developmental and integrated at-sea testing.

DDG 1000 is the lead ship of the US Navy’s next-generation of multi-mission surface combatants.

Following delivery, USS Zumwalt joined the US Pacific Fleet battle force and is assigned to Surface Development Squadron One.

The 610ft DDG 1000 will contribute to accelerate new warfighting capabilities and provide rapid development and validation of operational tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Designed to provide a wide array of advancements, the vessel will employ a highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS).

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It provides an enhanced power capability according to different operational requirements.

The radar cross section of the vessel is significantly reduced due to the shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas. This reduces the visibility of the vessel to enemy radars.

DDG 1000 Ships Program Executive Office programme manager Captain Kevin Smith said: “Delivery is an important milestone for the navy as DDG 1000 continues more advanced at-sea testing of the Zumwalt combat system.

“The combat test team, consisting of the DDG 1000 sailors, Raytheon engineers, and navy field activity teams, have worked diligently to get USS Zumwalt ready for more complex, multi-mission at-sea testing.”

In May 2016, USS Zumwalt achieved Hull Mechanical & Electrical delivery from General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW).

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems served as the prime contractor for the Zumwalt Combat System. The company has activated and integrated Zumwalt class ships in Maine and San Diego.

USS Zumwalt commanding officer Captain Andrew Carlson said: “After sailing over 9,000 miles and 100 days at sea in 2019, we are absolutely looking forward to more aggressive at-sea testing and validation of the combat systems leading to achievement of initial operational capability.”

The USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) is currently undergoing combat systems activation in San Diego.

The final Zumwalt-class destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), is under construction at BIW’s shipyard in Bath, Maine.

Last week, the US Navy also took delivery of the final Block II Super Hornet.

The aircraft has the capability to perform across multiple operations, including air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression, and day/night precision strike.