The official christening of the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) was postponed because of the government shutdown. Now that the government is back at work, presumably the christening of America’s latest destroyer will be rescheduled.
The Zumwalt, named after a Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, is described thus in Defense News:
“The destroyer Zumwalt is one of the most strikingly different warships ever built, in any age. Angular and stealthy, the ship’s lines are almost as different from other destroyers as the Monitor and Virginia/Merrimac were from the sailing ships of their era. In some ways, the Zumwalt’s silhouette actually harkens back to Confederate-built Civil War-era ironclads, as well as the North’s Dunderberg.”
Military Factory gives some of the specifications of the Zumwalt:
“Country of Origin: United States
Initial Year of Service: 2015
Operators: United States
“Length: 600ft (182.88m)
Beam: 81ft (24.69m)
Draught: 28ft (8.53m)
“Machinery: 2 x Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 turbines with 2 x Emergency diesel generators.
“Surface Speed: 30kts (35mph)
Range: 0miles (0km)
80 x Vertical launchers for Tomahawk cruise, ESSM or standard surface-to-surface missile types.
Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) launchers
Tomahawk anti-submarine missile in vertical launching cell.
2 x 155mm AGS cannons
2 x Mk 110 57mm close-in anti-missile/anti-aircraft guns/ close-in weapon system (CIWS)
“Air Arm: 2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters OR 1 x Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter.
3 x Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout UAV helicopters.”
Two more ships in the Zumwalt class are currently planned, the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) and the USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002)
The USS Zumwalt’s primary mission will be to provide fire support for forces operating onshore. It will have the ability to perform a variety of other missions, including striking at targets on land and on the ocean. She is scheduled for commissioning in 2015.
Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, after whom the destroyer was named, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1942 and served on a variety of ships in World War II and the Korean War. He was the captain of the USS Dewey, the first missile destroyer built from the keel up. He commanded US Naval forces in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970. In 1970 he became the youngest officer to become Chief of Naval Operations, serving in that position until 1974.
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