General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works has laid the keel and conducted authentication for the US Navy’s third and final Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) guided missile destroyer, USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002).
The vessel has been named in honour of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the keel was laid by his daughters and ship co-sponsors, Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson. The ceremony was conducted at the company's shipyard in Bath, Maine.
Programme Executive Office Ships DDG 1000 programme manager captain Kevin Smith said: “We’ve made tremendous progress on this ship and although we’re celebrating an early production milestone, we’re nearing 60% completion on the future Lyndon B. Johnson.
“We’re honoured to be celebrating this milestone with our 36th President’s daughters, and look forward to continued progress on the final ship of the Zumwalt class.”
The Zumwalt-class destroyer is to be fitted with a modern electric propulsion system and a wave-piercing tumblehome hull.
USS Lyndon B. Johnson will also be equipped with technology supplied by US-based defence contractor Raytheon, with the company supplying the ship's entire computing environment, as well as an electronic modular enclosure, integrated undersea warfare system, and the MK57 vertical launching system.
The vessel features a stealth design and is integrated with the latest warfighting technology and weaponry, while being capable of carrying out a wide range of deterrence, sea control, power projection, and command and control missions.
Currently, Bath Iron Works shipyard is constructing the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) vessel, in addition to Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) and Carl M. Levin (DDG 120).