Future USS Zumwalt suffers engineering casualty

Future USS Zumwalt suffers engineering casualty U.S. Navy photo

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 — The Navy's most technologically advanced surface ship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), has suffered an engineering casualty, reports the U.S. Naval Institute

The next-generation destroyer, which left shipbuilder Bath Iron Works earlier this month, is currently at Naval Station Norfolk, VA, where the ship's crew detected the fault on Sept. 19 ahead of at-sea tests. Zumwalt is now undergoing repairs that may take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks.

"The crew discovered the casualty after detecting a seawater leak in the propulsion motor drive lube oil auxiliary system for one of the ship's shafts. The built-in redundancy of the ship's propulsion plant allows this first-in-class ship to operate with multiple engine configurations. However, it was determined that the repairs should be completed in port prior to the ship transiting to sea," USNI News quotes U.S. Naval Surface Forces as saying in a statement.

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