December 8, 2016 – The Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in its new homeport of San Diego, Dec. 8.
The guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt, commanded by Capt. James A. Kirk, is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multimission destroyers, features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available.
The Zumwalt-class destroyer will can perform a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. It does all of this while maintaining its – making this visually imposing ship difficult to find whether close to the shore or far out to sea.
“The only thing more impressive than the capabilities of the ship are the capabilities of its fine crew,” said Capt. Kirk.
The ship includes new technologies that deliver capability now and serve as a springboard for incorporation into future ship classes. DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System, which will provide power to propulsion, ship’s service, and combat system loads from the same generators. DDG 1000’s power allocation flexibility allows for potentially significant energy savings and is well-suited to enable future high-energy weapons and sensors.
“Today we welcome this revolutionary warship to the fleet; a ship that demonstrates daring design and cutting-edge capability. USS Zumwalt symbolizes our commitment to remain bold – to remain the world’s preeminent naval force,” Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces said during the ship’s commissioning in October.
Upon arrival in San Diego, Zumwalt will begin installation of her combat systems, testing and evaluation, and operational integration with the fleet.