The U.S. Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), departed General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine on Nov. 9 ahead of its commissioning.
The destroyer is en route to California where she is so scheduled to be commissioned in Coronado on Jan. 26, 2019, prior to commencing her Post Delivery Availability and Combat Systems Activation.
As the ship’s departure coincides with Veterans Day weekend, the ship’s crew will take time to reflect on the sacrifice of service members, such as Petty Officer Second Class Michael A. Monsoor. DDG 1001 was named in honor of Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while serving in Ramadi, Iraq As noted in the Medal of Honor citation, “by his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor selflessly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
“Michael Monsoor was, in the words of his teammates, a big, tough frogman,” said Capt. Scott M. Smith, commanding officer of PCU Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). “DDG 1001 is also big and tough – made that way by the skilled and dedicated workers and operators of Bath Iron Works. We are proud of our ship and our association with the City of Ships.”
“This formidable warship will be a lasting tribute to the ship’s namesake. Petty Officer Monsoor’s bravery and sacrifice will be reflected in the crew’s dedication for generations to come,” said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “With the ship underway, we look forward to celebrating the ship’s commissioning with the Monsoor family and ship’s crew in the coming months.”
The ship is 600 feet (180 m) in length, with a beam of 80.7 feet (24.6 m) and displacing approximately 15,000 tons. She will have a crew size of 148 officers and sailors, and can make speed in excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).
Assembly of modules for Michael Monsoor began in March 2010 and the keel laying and authentication ceremony was held at the General Dynamics-BIW shipyard on 23 May 2013. She was launched on 21 June 2016.
The Navy accepted hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) delivery of DDG 1001 from shipbuilder BIW on April 24, 2018. Zumwalt-class ships are delivered through a two-phase approach in which combat systems are installed and activated subsequent to HM&E delivery. Following commissioning, Michael Monsoor will begin combat systems activation, testing and trials.
Zumwalt class destroyers feature a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull and are equipped with space and weight margins that will allow the ship to employ our most advanced warfighting technology. The shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas significantly reduce radar cross section (RCS), making the ship less visible to enemy radars.
These ships 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.
The first ship of the Zumwalt-class, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), was commissioned in Baltimore on 15 October 2016 and is currently homeported in San Diego, California. The third and final ship of the class, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), is currently in construction at BIW’s shipyard along with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and future USS John Basilone (DDG 122).