The U.S. Navy’s second next-generation destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has successfully completed acceptance trials off the U.S. northeast this month, the latest milestone in the lead up to the ship’s delivery later this year from Bath Iron Works.
The U.S. Navy said its Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway, ensuring the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications. Many of the ship’s onboard systems including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications and propulsion systems were tested to validate performance met or exceeded Navy specifications.
Zumwalt-class destroyers, the most powerful and technologically-advanced ships ever built for the U.S. Navy, feature a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and are equipped with some of the most advanced warfighting technology. These ships will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions.
The Navy has ordered a total of three of the destroyers from General Dyanmics Bath Iron Works, which is situated on the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine.
The lead ship in the Zumwalt-class, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), was delivered to the Navy in May 2016 and commissioned later that year. DDG 1001 was christened in June 2016 and is scheduled to deliver in the coming months. Bath Iron Works is also currently in production on third Zumwalt-class, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), as well as future Arleigh Burke class destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and John Basilone (DDG 122).
“DDG 1001 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials,” said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “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.”