USS Zumwalt departs San Diego for first operational period at sea

13 March 2019 (Last Updated March 13th, 2019 11:22)

The US Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) has left its homeport in San Diego for its first operational period at sea.

USS Zumwalt departs San Diego for first operational period at sea
The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) seen here departing San Diego. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Natalie M. Byers.

The US Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) has left its homeport in San Diego for its first operational period at sea.

The vessel will sail up the West Coast to a naval base in Canada, USNI News reported.

In a statement, the US 3rd Fleet said that the new vessel demonstrates the navy’s commitment to advancing capabilities of its surface combatants by integrating technologies in Zumwalt’s combat systems, weapons, and engineering plants.

USS Zumwalt commanding officer captain Andrew Carlson said: “Zumwalt is designed for stealth. This aids her role as a multi-mission surface combatant and improves the fleet commander’s options for delivery of naval combat power to meet the navy’s emergent mission requirements.”

“Zumwalt is designed for stealth.”

Measuring 610ft, Zumwalt is 100ft longer and 13ft wider than the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. This allows the vessel to perform a wider array of surface, submarine, and aviation missions.

The ‘at-sea’ deployment comes after the vessel’s crew recently completed a post-delivery maintenance availability to carry out a thorough evaluation of the ship’s systems and equipment, including radars and an engineering plant.

Carlson added: “My crew has been looking forward to continued testing and operations at sea, leveraging the newly installed capabilities of this platform.

“Our primary focus is executing a safe underway, while building both competence and confidence in operating Zumwalt across the spectrum of naval warfare.”

The Zumwalt-class destroyer can conduct the critical maritime missions of deterrence and power projection.