The US Navy is set to christen a new ship that will be known as the USS Zumwalt. The ship is named in honor of the former chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. reports YourErie. The admiral's daughters will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the ship.
"The christening of the future USS Zumwalt represents the beginning of another era of service for this great name," said Mabus. "Just as Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt helped shape our nation's Navy as the 19th chief of naval operations, DDG 1000 will help shape the future of surface combatants. The sophisticated new technology incorporated aboard this ship, combined with its multi-mission capabilities, will ensure it is a relevant and integral part of our battle force for years to come. This day, however, would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of men and women of our nation's industrial base who worked so diligently to help us reach this exciting moment."
Zumwalt passed away in 2000. The new Zumwalt class destroyer is a next-generation multi-mission surface combat hop that will be able to deploy across oceans and support littoral and ashore operations. The Navy has three of the ships procured.
The ship uses a new integrated Power System that provides propulsion, ship service, and combat system loads aimed at significant energy savings. Construction on this ship began in 2009 with the keel laying ceremony held in November 2011. The ship launched successfully in October 2013. The ship is 610 feet long and displaces 15,000 tons when fully loaded. The Navy expects the ship to join the fleet in 2016.