The US Navy’s first Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), has successfully completed an engineering light off assessment and crew certification period at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works.
The assessment and certification validates the ship’s readiness to be deployed into the surface fleet and marks the start of a three-month journey to its new homeport, in San Diego.
USS Zumwalt is scheduled to be formally commissioned during Fleet Week Maryland in Baltimore next month, following which the destroyer will depart for San Diego, where it will undergo post delivery availability and mission systems activation.
The destroyer is expected to be inducted into the fleet in 2018.
USS Zumwalt commanding officer captain James Kirk said: "The 147 Sailors of Zumwalt (DDG 1000) have completed the training and certifications required of them in record time.
“They have demonstrated superb technical expertise, teamwork, and toughness over the last three months."
USS Zumwalt is the lead ship of the US Navy’s next-generation multi-mission destroyers, which can be engaged in critical maritime missions while boosting the navy's ability for deterrence, power projection and sea control.
The 610ft-long destroyer features a wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, electric propulsion system and advanced war fighting technology and ammunitions.
The destroyer will be powered by an integrated power system (IPS), which is designed to generate 78MW of power to cater to the total ship electric power requirements, as well as provide extra capacity to accommodate future weapons and computing systems.
Image: USS Zumwalt transits the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials. Photo: courtesy of US Navy/Released.