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Repaired Zumwalt Leaves Early for Baltimore Commissioning

Zumwalt (DDG 1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island during its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

Zumwalt (DDG 1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island during its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

The first in a trio of guided missile destroyer will arrive in Baltimore today ahead of a commissioning ceremony this week, service officials told USNI News.

Zumwalt (DDG-1000) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Friday for the one-day transit to Baltimore after completing repairs earlier this week that had the ship sidelined since Sept. 19.

According to the service, “the crew discovered a seawater leak in the propulsion motor drive lube oil auxiliary system for one of the ship’s shafts.” The ship skipped an at sea testing period and conducted other planned maintenance while it was pier side, officials said.

The ship left Norfolk earlier than planned to avoid Hurricane Matthew’s path, service officials said.

The commissioning is set for Oct. 15, 2016 and during the ceremony, “Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. In accordance with Navy tradition, the ship’s co-sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, Zumwalt’s daughters, will give the order to ‘man our ship and bring her to life’,” read a Thursday statement from the service.

Following the ceremony, the ship is set to transit to its new homeport at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. for a combat systems activation period before joining becoming fully mission capable sometime in 2018.

The 16,000-ton destroyer is the first of a trio in the $22-billion class. Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) and Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) are currently under construction at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Maine shipyard.

  • 1coolguy

    Much over budget, not meeting schedule and then returned to port for repairs BEFORE commissioning. Wow, at this stage, could it have gotten any worse? Here we have what was to have been the destroyer of the future, estimated to be in the order quantity of 32, now reduced to only 3 due to incompetence by the Navy and the shipyard.
    Wouldn’t you expect there to be overruns on the first few to be gotten back over the next 29???
    For the shipyard to not determine how to build the fleet at the agreed to cost tells me either they underbid on purpose in order to secure the contract, or both the Navy and Bath are truly incompetent, as these contracts are not put together in haste, but rather over years. Design time was 13 years!
    My suggestion: Open this to other bidders and see what comes back. Apparently the design is what the Navy considers to be excellent and what it needs well into the future, so why throw away the plans and millions of man hours of design? Rebid the ship and see what comes back. And bid it using the Air Force’s contract design they signed with Boeing for the KC-46A, which is a true fixed price contact, as seen by Boeing already having to contribute over $2 BILLION in overruns beyond the $4.9 B contract.
    Design of the Zumwalt class was $9.6 BILLION and now that investment is essentially thrown away, to be spread over only 3 ships instead of 32. The present estimate is $4b+ when the Navy expected them to come in at $3.5b, then $2.5b then less for the third and beyond.
    The Navy must re-bid this, not throw away the plans and give up.

    • Marjus Plaku

      oh it is worse. i don’t care if i beat this point to death i will continue to bring it up. this ship is being COMMISSIONED into the NAVY without a SINGLE gun/cannon system capable of engaging enemy surface threats. still no guns mounted on the hanger deck. and even IF they add them at some point, they will be those useless 30mm modules used on the LCS. about as useful as the old tail guns on the B-52s. unreal.

      • PolicyWonk

        Ummm… They aren’t mounting guns on the hanger deck – that was never in the plan.

        Before she went to sea, they did supply her with some war shots for the guns – so she isn’t completely defenseless. The weapons outfitting (missiles, etc.) is supposed to be completed in San Diego.

    • PolicyWonk

      If this ship turns out to be successful, then like the Seawolf class SSN’s – also capped at three – the design will be used to build a new generation of destroyers, just like the Seawolf class design and lessons learned were used to create the very successful Virginia-class SSN’s.

      This is, a big IF. No one knows how well the “tumblehome” hull design will fare in heavy weather. Her sea trials went very well (even according to guys that built her). The cost increases had more to do with the navy doing its usual changing of the design and requirements from inception all the way through construction than the BIW – who arguably builds the finest warships afloat and always has. More delays were introduced because the engines/power, computing environment, and weapons were being managed by the navy – who couldn’t manage it (they were all from disparate vendors, and not entirely, um, compatible).

      Indeed – our DoD acquisition system stinks – and should be extirpated and replaced by one similar to that used by the British.

  • Aubrey

    “Zumwalt (DDG-1000) left Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Friday for the one-day transit to Baltimore”

    Woohoo!

    Let’s celebrate the true measure of a warship! A ONE-day transit!!!!!

  • Ed L

    Come on Navy, please change it to a CG-1000 it’s too small to be a Battle Cruiser

    • El_Sid

      Better to revive the BM designation.

      • old guy

        I like BM. Does the M stand for MOVEMENT?

        • El_Sid

          No, Monitor – following on from USS Wyoming (BM-10, later Cheyenne), the first oilburner in the USN.

          • old guy

            Sorry, you missed my innuendo.

  • Bailey Zhang

    The Cancel of VSR radar is the worst Idea ever, can we put the AN/SPY-6 one it?

    • Marjus Plaku

      that and the removal of the twin 57mm aft guns. no torpedo tubes for a ship 600+ feet and more than 14000 tons. i mean come on.

      • Bailey Zhang

        ASROC anti-sub missile can fire from MK57. Although they using RAM BLK2 for CIWS, I still think 57 MM will be the best.

        • Secundius

          Eventually 100-kW LaWS Laser Turrets will Replace the 30mm Mounts as a Point Defense Weapon System. Unfortunately NO Firm Date of that Installation is Given or Can be Found…

  • sferrin

    Cue the whiners. . .whoops, too late.

  • I don’t know. I’ve got a bad feeling about this ship. Engineering woes already. Looks like a very expensive sitting duck.

  • Ruckweiler

    Why is one of them named for LBJ? Is it because of the phony Silver Star he was awarded? This entire project is a crock of … and the Admiral is rolling in his grave. Hope this beauty never has to take a serious hit or strike in combat.

  • old guy

    After all of my oposition to “Old Flopover”, I, believe it or not, got an INVITATION to the comissioning. I hope those who sail in it have fair winds and following seas or as the Spanish say, “Con la vente a su pop.” BUT I send regrets.”

    • Secundius

      Knock it off, Google Translator Won’t Handle It. Have to do it the Hard Way…

  • Robert Edwards

    Should have used Azipods? Is it true this ship is not BMD capable?

    • Secundius

      Or “Mermaids”…