Navy’s newest destroyer set for commission in Baltimore

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

BALTIMORE, MD (WAVY) – The United States Navy is set to commission the destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), at a ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland Saturday afternoon.

The ship will be crewed by 147 officers and enlisted personnel and a 28-person aviation detachment. The Zumwalt was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

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.

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.

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 ceremony begins at 5 p.m..