USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is pierside in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during a port visit in April 2019. US Navy Photo
The Zumwalt destroyer program will continue to mature even after the lead ship’s final delivery this fall, as the combat system undergoes testing on a surrogate ship and eventually aboard USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) in 2019 and 2020, according to the Navy.
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS-2) on Dec. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo
The Navy will need a larger engineering directorate as it grows the fleet in coming years, to avoid problems faced in past ship classes like the Littoral Combat Ship and the Zumwalt guided missile destroyer stemming from the Navy being too hands-off on technical specifications. Read More
Capt. James Downey, then-DDG 1000 program manager, speaks to assembled crew and guests in the hangar bay aboard the future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) following a transfer of ownership ceremony on May 20, 2016. US Navy photo.
Former DDG-1000 program manager Rear Adm. James Downey took over as Commander of Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC), and his predecessor there will soon become the new Program Executive Officer for Ships. Read More