USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first ship in the United States Navy to bear the name, is the first in the Zumwalt class of guided missile destroyers. The Zumwalt class destroyers are designed as multi-mission ships with surface warfare, anti-aircraft, and naval fire support capability. The DDG 1000 destroyers take the traditional role of battleships in filling the congressional mandate for naval fire support. The vessel could be considered a modern ‘dreadnought’ that is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. Its multi-mission design and littoral capabilities make it a 100% percent globally deployable asset to the Fleet.
DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS). Key design features that make the DDG 1000 IPS architecture unique include the ability to provide power to propulsion, ship’s service, and combat system loads from the same gas turbine prime movers. DDG 1000’s power allocation flexibility allows for potentially significant energy savings and is well-suited to enable future high energy weapons and sensors.
USS Zumwalt armament will be eighty peripheral vertical launch system (VLS) missile cells, two Advanced Gun System (AGS) 155 millimeter (mm) guns, and two 57mm Close In Guns (CIGS). The AGS fire Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing a three-fold range improvement in naval surface fire support coverage.
In addition the wave-piercing "Tumblehome" hull form and composite superstructure with integrated apertures and low signature profile will combine to make DDG 1000 a very stealthy warship.