USS Zumwalt, The Largest-Ever Destroyer Joins The US Navy Fleet


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161015-N-AT895-424 BALTIMORE, (Oct. 15, 2016) Balloons fly and the crowd applauds as the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is brought to life during a commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) formally joined the US Navy on Saturday. At the North Locust Point, Baltimore, the command of the next-generation destroyer was taken by Captain James A Kirk. The US flag and commissioning pennant was raised after reading the official orders for Captain Kirk.

 

161015-N-AT895-136 BALTIMORE (Oct. 16, 2016) The iconic Brewer's Hill neighborhood of Baltimore can be seen in the background as Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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The latest multi-mission Zumwalt destroyer was completed in nearly five years, with the keel being laid on November 17, 2011, at the Bath Iron Works.

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161015-N-AT895-366 BALTIMORE (Oct. 15, 2016) The color guard prepares to parade the colors during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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USS Zumwalt is the largest ever destroyer built for the US Navy. The ship has been designed for sea control, deterrence, command and control missions, and power projection. The distinct features of the destroyer include state-of-the-art all-electric propulsion system, advanced computing capabilities, a unique tumblehome stealth design, and high-tech vertical launch missile system.

 

161016-N-AT895-183 BALTIMORE, (Oct. 16, 2016) Balloons fly and the crowd applauds as the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is brought to life during a commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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With 78 megawatts of generating capacity, Zumwalt’s power backup matches that of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The Curtiss-Wright electric generators augmented with a couple of 3.8-MW Rolls-Royce RR4500 turbine generators are driven by a pair of 35.4 megawatts Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines to power up the destroyer.

You can see more images of the ceremony and the destroyer below:

 

161016-N-AT895-014 BALTIMORE, (Oct. 16, 2016) (Left to right) Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) Sean Stackley, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command(PACOM) Adm. Harry Harris, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus render honors for the national anthem during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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161015-N-HV059-069 BALTIMORE, Md. (Oct. 15, 2016) Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, speaks at the commissioning ceremony of USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Crewed by 147 Sailors, Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation destroyers designed to strengthen naval power by performing critical missions and enhancing U.S. deterrence, power projection and sea control objectives. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sonja Wickard/Released)
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161015-N-AT895-424 BALTIMORE, (Oct. 15, 2016) Balloons fly and the crowd applauds as the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is brought to life during a commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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161016-N-AT895-203 BALTIMORE, (Oct. 16, 2016) The crew of the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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161015-N-AT895-527 BALTIMORE (Oct. 15, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson talks with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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161013-N-ZI635-279 BALTIMORE (Oct. 13, 2016) The future Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is pierside at Canton Port Services in preparation for its upcoming commissioning on Oct. 15, 2016. Zumwalt is named for former Chief of Naval Operations Elmo R. Zumwalt and is the first in a three-ship class of the Navy's newest, most technologically advanced multi-mission guided-missile destroyers. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)
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161016-N-AT895-225 BALTIMORE (Oct. 16, 2016) The crew of the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), brings the ship to life during a commissioning ceremony at North Locust Point in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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161016-N-AT895-158 BALTIMORE (Oct. 16, 2016) The national ensign and commissioning penant fly over the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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161015-N-AT895-508 BALTIMORE, (Oct. 15, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson conducts a media interview during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced warship, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird/Released)
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The reports released by the Navy indicate that the power system installed in the Zumwalt will have enough reserve energy to keep a small town running or to power up the next-gen energy beam weapons.

The Naval Secretary Ray Mabus said the Zumwalt destroyer has a class of its own.

“This destroyer, like the others in our fleet, is capable of projecting power, no doubt. The Zumwalt-class is much larger than today’s destroyers with a considerably larger flight deck – enough space to operate host Joint Strike Fighters, MV-22 Ospreys, and unmanned systems and a vertical launch system second to none.”

Zumwalt will undergo weapon systems testing in San Diego. You can take a closer look at the Zumwalt in this video:

 

 

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