After spending four days docked at the Naval War College in Newport, the USS ZUMWALT departed the City-By-The-Sea on Monday morning around 11:00 a.m.
The What’sUpNewp Crew set up at Fort Adams State Park to record the following cellphone video of the USS ZUMWALT (DDG 1000), the US Navy’s newest warship, passing under the Claiborne Pell Bridge and making her way south in Narragansett Bay.
The USS ZUMWALT will continue its journey to Baltimore, MD to be commissioned on October 15th before finally making her way to her homeport of San Diego, CA.
The largest destroyer and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The commissioning will be the ship’s official transfer from the shipyard to the United States Navy.
USS ZUMWALT DDG 1000 is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission surface combatants tailored for land attack and littoral dominance with capabilities that defeat current and projected threats.
DDG 1000 will triple naval surface coverage as well as tripling capability against anti-ship cruise missiles. DDG 1000 has a 50-fold radar cross section reduction compared to current destroyers, improves strike group defense 10-fold and has 10 times the operating area in shallow water regions against mines.
For today’s warfighter, DDG 1000 files an immediate and critical naval-warfare gap, meeting validated Marine Corps fire support requirements.
DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS). Key design features that make the DDG 1000 IPS architecture unique include the ability to provide power to propulsion, ship’s service and combat system loads from the same gas turbine prime movers. DDG 1000’s power allocation flexibility allows for potentially significant energy savings and is well-suited to enable future high energy weapons and sensors.
The wave-piercing Tumblehome ship design provides a wide array of advancements. The composite superstructure significantly reduces cross section and acoustic output making the ship harder to detect. The design also allows for optimal manning with a standard crew size of 158 sailors, including an air detachment of 28 thereby decreasing lifecycle operations and support costs.
DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface. Each ship features a battery of two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) firing Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing a three-fold range improvement in naval surface fires coverage.
The ship is named in recognition of the achievements and legacy of Admiral “Bud” Zumwalt, whose tenure as CNO was marked by the trail-blazing initiatives to improve the quality of life for our enlisted sailors.
Back on August 8th, a group of 51 senior officers from the Naval War College visited the USS ZUMWALT to look closely at the newest, most technologically advanced ship in the world.