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Video: U.S. Navy Second Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Michael Monsoor Started Sea Trials

Naval Industry News - USA
Video: U.S. Navy Second Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Michael Monsoor Started Sea Trials
The second Zumwalt-class destroyer, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) sailed out of General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works (GD BIW) shipyard in Bath, Maine, yesteday for its very first sea trials (called builder trials). The Zumwalt-class is the largest class of destroyers ever built for the U.S Navy. This initial builder sea trials will help check basic systems onboard.
USS Michael Monsoor DDG 1001 sea trials BIWThe future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1001) is underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials. Screenshot from GD BIW video.
The Zumwalt-class destroyer represents the next-generation of multi-mission surface combatants and will enable access in the open ocean, littoral and ashore. The Navy has procured three Zumwalt-class destroyers.

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 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 keel of DDG 1001 was laid in May 2013. The ship is named for Petty Officer Second Class Michael Monsoor, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. Monsoor was on a joint SEAL-Iraqi Army team operating from a rooftop when an insurgent threw a grenade at them. Monsoor jumped on the grenade, covering it and saving three fellow SEALS and eight Iraqi Army soldiers. Monsoor posthumously received the Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush on April 8, 2008. He was also awarded the Bronze Star and the Silver Star for his service in Iraq.
GD BIW video
First ship of the class USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was commissioned into active service Saturday, Oct. 15 2017, at North Locust Point in Baltimore. GD BIW laid the keel of the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) in January 2017. DDG 1002 will be the third and final Zumwalt-class Destroyer.

As the prime mission systems integrator for the DDG 1000 ship class, Raytheon provides the multi-mission, integrated combat system capability for the program. General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works is the shipbuilder.

The ship features two advanced gun systems originally designed to fire long-range land attack projectiles that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing precision, high volume and persistent fire support to forces ashore, along with an approximate five-fold improvement in naval surface fire range. The U.S. Navy is now looking for a new 155mm ammunition for the BAE Systems-built Advanced Gun System (AGS).

DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a multi-function radar capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface.

Link to Zumwalt-class destroyer technical datasheet