DDG 1001 completes acceptance trials

Written by Nick Blenkey
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DDG 1001

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 — Though the Navy’s second stealthy Zumwalt class destroyer experienced problems that caused it to cut short its initial builder’s sea trial, PEO Ships reports that DDG 1001, the future USS Michael Monsoor, successfully completed acceptance trials on February 1.

The U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey reviewed the ship and its crew during a series of demonstrations both pier side and underway, evaluating the ship’s construction and compliance with Navy specifications.

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.

“DDG 1001 performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials,” said Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The industry and Navy team worked together to incorporate lessons learned from DDG 1000. The trials once again demonstrated how truly powerful and exceptional these ships are. “

“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.”

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. The 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.

Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works 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).

Video released by Bath Iron Works shows the vessel on sea trials

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