US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class destroyer completes acceptance trials

6 February 2018 (Last Updated February 6th, 2018 12:20)

The US Navy's second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has successfully concluded its acceptance trials.

US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class destroyer completes acceptance trials
The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). Credit: US Navy courtesy of Bath Iron Works / Released.

The US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has successfully concluded its acceptance trials.

The US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), along with the vessel’s crew members, reviewed DDG 1001 during a range of demonstrations that were carried out both pier side and underway in order to assess its construction, as well as the ship’s compliance with navy specifications.

Several of Michael Monsoor’s onboard systems, including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications and propulsion, were also evaluated as part of the trials to confirm whether their performance levels met or exceeded navy specifications.

"The industry and navy team worked together to incorporate lessons learned from DDG 1000. The trials once again demonstrated how truly powerful and exceptional these ships are."

Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships DDG 1000 class programme manager US Navy captain Kevin Smith said: “DDG 1001 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials.

“The industry and navy team worked together to incorporate lessons learned from DDG 1000. The trials once again demonstrated how truly powerful and exceptional these ships are.”

The 610ft-long navy vessel was originally christened on 18 June 2016 and is expected to be commissioned in Coronado, California, early next year.

It is slated to be delivered to the US Navy by its builder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in the coming months.

Bath Iron Works is currently constructing the navy’s third and final Zumwalt-class destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).

All three Zumwalt-class vessels equipped with latest electric propulsion systems, wave-piercing tumblehome hulls, stealth designs and advanced warfighting technology.

The ships will have the capability to carry out a wide range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions once operational.