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Video: Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) Completes Acceptance Trials

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) released a really nice video showing the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) underway for acceptance trials. The U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer successfully completed those trials on Feb. 1. BIW crew demonstrated the ship’s systems to evaluators with the U.S. Navy.

Future USS Michael Monsoor DDG 1001 Completes Acceptance TrialsjpgThe future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1001) is underway for the acceptance trials.

Many of the ship’s onboard systems including navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications, and propulsion systems were tested to validate performance met or exceeded Navy specifications.

“The performance of Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) during Acceptance Trials demonstrated the capabilities of this ship and the men and women who built it,” said Bath Iron Works President Dirk Lesko. “The results are a credit to the cooperation that exists between BIW and its U.S. Navy and industry partners.”

The Bath Iron Works crew put DDG 1001 through its paces, including full power propulsion, high speed turns and numerous other tests. On board was a team from the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) which assessed each of the hull, mechanical and engineering systems essential to the ship’s performance. A statement from the Navy’s Program Executive Office said the ship performed “exceedingly well” during the sea trials.

GD BIW video

Zumwalt class destroyers feature a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and are equipped with some of the most advanced warfighting technology. These ships will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions.

DDG 1001 was christened in June 2016, and is scheduled to deliver in the coming months. BIW is currently in production on the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), as well as future Arleigh Burke class destroyers Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) and John Basilone (DDG 122).

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.

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). BAE Systems, Raytheon and Orbital ATK are all looking to propose a new solution.

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