WASHINGTON – The Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is scheduled to arrive in Baltimore, Maryland Oct. 07 for its commissioning.
The guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt, commanded by Capt. James A. Kirk, will hold its commissioning ceremony Oct. 15 during the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week.
DDG 1000 is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission surface combatants and is named for Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, former chief of naval operations. A veteran of World War II as well as the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Zumwalt exemplified honor, courage, and commitment during 32 years of dedicated naval service, earning a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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."
The ship includes new technologies that deliver capability now and serve as a springboard for incorporation into future ship classes. DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System which will provide power to propulsion, ship's service, and combat system loads from the same generators. DDG 1000's power allocation flexibility allows for potentially significant energy savings and is well-suited to enable future high-energy weapons and sensors.
Upon arrival in San Diego, USS Zumwalt begin installation of her combat systems, testing and evaluation, and operational integration with the fleet.
The commissioning ceremony livestream will be available at http://www.navy.mil and on the Navy’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/USNavy). The hashtag on social media is #USSZumwalt.
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