U.S. Navy Stealth Destroyer Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson Achieves Important Milestone

The U.S. Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class stealth guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), has achieved an important milestone on May 1, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (GDBIW) announced.

The milestone, the Data Center Light-Off for the ship’s Total Computing Environment, brought the Ship Mission Center to life.

The third and final ship in the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1002 is named in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who served in office from 1963-1969, and will be the first ship to bear his name.

The vessel was launched at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works (GD-BIW) shipyard on Dec. 9, 2018. She was christened during a ceremony in Bath, Maine on April 27, 2019.

The multi-mission Zumwalt-class destroyers will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. Zumwalt ships are 610 feet long, have a beam of 80.7 feet, displace almost 16,000 tons, and are capable of making 30 knots speed.

The wave-piercing tumblehome ship design provides a wide array of advancements. Employing an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS), DDG 1000 has the capacity to distribute 1000 volts of direct current across the ships’ entirety, allowing for enhanced power capability for various operational requirements. Additionally, the shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas significantly reduce radar cross section, making the ship less visible to enemy radars.

USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002)
The U.S. Navy’s third and final Zumwalt-class stealth guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), under construction at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works (GD-BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine. GD-BIW Photo.

The U.S. Navy recently accepted delivery of the lead ship of the class, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Following this delivery, the ship will transition from Combat Systems Activation to the next phase of developmental and integrated at-sea testing. The second ship of the class, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), is homeported in San Diego and is undergoing combat systems activation.

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