USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000
The Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is the lead ship of its class of guided-missile destroyers and the first ship in the U.S. Navy to be named for Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., (1920-2000), regarded as the father of the modern Navy. In 1970, he was named the youngest Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).
The ship has a 50-fold radar cross section reduction compared to Arleigh Burke-class of guided-missile destroyers, improves strike group defense 10-fold and has 10 times the operating area in shallow water regions against mines. Requirements for the integrated deckhouse EDM is that it is fully EMC (electromagetic compatibility) shielded with reduced infrared and radar signatures. Measures to fulfil these conditions include an all-composite superstructure, low signature electronically steered arrays, an integrated multifunction mast and low radar and infrared signatures.
February 14, 2008 General Dynamics Bath Iron Works was awarded a $1.39 billion modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2303) for construction of the DDG 1000 and construction of the DDG 1001 mid forebody under a work share agreement with NGSS; also Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Miss., was awarded a $1.4 billion modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-2304) for construction of the DDG 1001 and construction of the DDG 1000 Superstructure and Hangar; The construction of the ship began in February 2009.
October 22, 2011 The mid-forebody section of Zumwalt, weighting more than 4,000 metric tons, was transported 900 feet from its assembly position inside the shipyard's Ultra Hall construction facility to the largest of the company's three shipbuilding ways. In its curent position, it will be integrated with three additional "ultra units" that comprise the ship's uniqe wave-piercing hull form. The 180-feet long heavily outfitted module is the largest and most complex ship module ever moved at Bath Iron Works shipyard.
November 17, The keel laying and authentication ceremony for DDG 1000 was held at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.
December 14, 2012 The General Dynamics BIW reached a construction milestone with the successful lift and integration of the Zumwalt's deckhouse on to the ship's hull. The 1,000-ton deckhouse was fabricated by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Gulfport, Miss., and delivered to the Navy in October 2012.
October 11, 2013 The U.S. Navy announced today that the christening of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date.
October 28, DDG 1000 was launched for the first time from a floating dry-dock and moved to a pierside location at Bath Iron Works shipyard.
April 12, 2014 PCU Zumwalt was christened during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta F. Zumwalt-Weathers, the daughters of the ship's namesake, served as co-sponsors of the ship. Capt. James A. Kirk is the prospective commanding officer.
December 7, 2015 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha) sea trials; Underway again from March 21-24, 2016; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from April 20-21.
May 20, The U.S. Navy took delivery of the PCU Zumwalt during a ceremony aboard the ship at Bath Iron Works shipyard.
September 7, DDG 1000 departed Bath, Maine, for the last time en route to Norfolk, Virginia, before it is commissioned in Baltimore, Md., next month; Moored at Pier 2N on Naval Station Newport, R.I., from Sept. 8-12.
September 14, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt moored at Berth 5, Pier 9 on Naval Station Norfolk for testing and evaluation.
September 20, The Zumwalt experienced an engineering casualty, during preparations to get underway from Norfolk for training and certification operations, after the crew discovered a seawater leak in the propulsion motor drive lube oil auxiliary system for one of the ship’s shafts. The repairs will take approximately two weeks.
October 7, PCU Zumwalt departed Norfolk two days ahead of schedule due to approaching Hurricane Matthew; Moored at Pier 4/5 East, North Locust Point Marine Terminal in Port of Baltimore, Md., for a 10-day visit, to participate in the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and in preparation for its commissioning ceremony, on Friday evening.
October 15, USS Zumwalt was commissioned during a 5 p.m. EDT ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland.
October 17, The guided-missile destroyer moored again at Berth 5, Pier 9 on Naval Station Norfolk; Underway for routine training in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville Op. Areas on Oct. 20; Moored at Berth C1 in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Oct. 25.