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.
The Pre-Commissioning Unit Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) pulls along pierside in Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 7, 2018. The future USS Michael Monsoor is the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers and will undergo a combat availability and test period. US Navy photo.
The Navy is standing up an organization today that will be dedicated to experimenting with new unmanned vessels, weapons and other gear to propel the surface force forward. Read More
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) departs San Diego as part of an operational underway on March 8, 2019. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated with additional information on the status of Zumwalt’s combat system activation.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) left San Diego on Friday for its first “operational underway” that will include a trip up the West Coast to a naval base in Canada. Read More
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS-2) on Dec. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo
ARLINGTON, Va. – Naval Surface Forces is continuing its push for an experimental squadron that would help figure out how to best leverage new platforms such as the Zumwalt-class destroyers and unmanned surface ships. Read More
The crew of the Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001), brings the ship to life during its commissioning ceremony on Jan. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo
The Navy commissioned its newest warship, a sleek, high-tech destroyer bearing the name of a fallen Navy SEAL who gave his life to save others when their team came under attack during fighting in Iraq. Read More
The guided-missile destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) transits the San Diego Bay. The future USS Michael Monsoor is the second ship in the Zumwalt-class of guided-missile destroyers and will undergo a combat availability and test period. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned into the Navy Jan. 26, 2019, in Coronado, Calif. US Navy photo.
The Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer arrived in San Diego ahead of its planned commissioning ceremony next month, and the third and final ship of the class was launched over the weekend. Read More
Destroyer Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) underway during trials. BIW Photo
The second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer has left a shipyard in Maine on Friday bound for California, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a statement. Read More
High-speed camera image of the Office of Naval Research Electromagnetic Railgun located at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, firing a world-record setting 33 mega-joule shot in 2010. ONR Photo
THE PENTAGON – The Navy’s next large surface combatant will have all the space, weight and power margins the sea service could need now and into the future to accommodate new weapons in development – but the director of surface warfare said the Navy would not accelerate weapons development to get them ready in time to outfit the new ships. Read More
Artist’s concept of a DDG-51 Flight III with AMDR. Raytheon Photo
THE PENTAGON – The Navy will buy the first of its Future Surface Combatants in 2023 – a large warship that will be built to support the Arleigh Burke Flight III combat system and will pull elements from the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) and Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) destroyer designs. Read More
The U.S. Navy’s newest warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) passes Coronado bridge on its way to Naval Base San Diego. Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers, now homeported in San Diego. US Navy photo.
This post has been updated to include an Aug. 22 statement by the Navy.
When the president signed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act last week, most of the contents of the 788 pages of legislation would take some time to go into effect.
But one thing happened right away: the Navy’s count of deployable battle force ships dropped by two. Read More