Largest destroyer in Navy docks at NSN ahead of commissioning

Future guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt arrives in Norfolk for testing and evaluation before its commissioning. Photo Crdedit U.S. Fleet Forces
Future guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt arrives in Norfolk for testing and evaluation before its commissioning. Photo Crdedit U.S. Fleet Forces

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — One of the U.S. Navy’s newest — and largest — destroyers has docked in Naval Station Norfolk ahead of its commissioning in Baltimore.

Lt. Cmdr. Myers Vasquez says the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) pulled in for another port visit on its three-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego, California.

Zumwalt is crewed by 147 sailors and is the lead ship of a class of next-generation, multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power. The Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built by the Navy.

The destroyer features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, a wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and the latest war fighting technology and weaponry available.

Zumwalt will be the first U.S. Navy combatant surface ship to use an integrated power system (IPS) to provide electric power for propulsion and ship services. The IPS generates about 78 megawatts of power — nearly what a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier generates — to meet the ship’s power requirements and provide extra capacity to accommodate future weapons and computing systems.

Zumwalt is much larger than today’s destroyers. Zumwalt is much larger than today’s destroyers.  At 610 feet long and 80.7 feet wide, Zumwalt is 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider, and its flight deck is 93 percent larger than an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

The Zumwalt was named for Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations (CNO) from 1970 to 1974. Adm. Zumwalt was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

“Adm. 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,” a news release from the Navy reads.

While in Norfolk, the Zumwalt is scheduled to perform training, certifications and preparation for its commissioning in October. USS Zumwalt will be formally commissioned on Oct. 15 during Fleet Week Maryland in Baltimore.

After the commissioning, the Zumwalt will begin its transit to San Diego, making several port stops along the way. The destroyer is expected to be integrated into the fleet in 2018, after tests and evaluation.

The Zumwalt arrives in Hampton Roads on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Photo Credit: James Cooke
The Zumwalt arrives in Hampton Roads on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Photo Credit: James Cooke

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