US Navy commissions latest Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Zumwalt

16 October 2016 (Last Updated October 16th, 2016 18:30)

The US Navy has commissioned its latest Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) at North Locust Point in Baltimore, US.

The US Navy has commissioned its latest Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), at North Locust Point in Baltimore, US.

Christened in honour of World War II veteran Admiral Elmo Zumwalt junior, USS Zumwalt is the lead ship in the US Navy’s class of multi-mission destroyers.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said: "This ship is an example of a larger initiative to increase operational stability and give the US a strategic advantage.

"This ship is an example of a larger initiative to increase operational stability and give the US a strategic advantage."

"Our navy and our marine corps, uniquely, provide presence around the globe, around the clock ensuring stability, reassuring allies, deterring adversaries, and providing the nation's leaders with options in times of crisis."

The navy warship is incorporated with an advanced electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, the latest warfighting technology and weaponry.

Mabus added: "The Zumwalt-class is much larger than today's destroyers with a considerably larger flight deck enough space to operate host Joint Strike Fighters, MV-22 Ospreys, and unmanned systems and a Vertical Launch System second to none."

An integrated power system will drive the current systems of the warship while also catering to power requirements of the future weapons, computing, and sensor systems.

USS Zumwalt will be deployed for a range of missions such as deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while paving the way for the navy to evolve with new systems and missions.

The warship is scheduled to begin the installation of combat systems, testing and evaluation, and operational integration with the fleet after reaching the naval port of San Diego.


Image: USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) pictured at Canton Port Services. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M Bell/Released.