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Destroyers (DDG 1000)

Last updated: 27 Apr 2021

DDG 1000-class guided missile destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities, including Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW). The Zumwalt class can operate independently or as part of Carrier Strike Groups, Surface Action Groups, and Expeditionary Strike Groups. The ships’ stealth and ability creates a new level of battlespace complexity for potential adversaries. The Zumwalt class will also operate as a key enabler in the acceleration of new warfighting capabilities and rapid development and validation of operational tactics, techniques, and procedures.

VIDEO | 00:52 | Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) Underway


The Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) is the largest and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world. USS Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea. The Zumwalt-class destroyer 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. Stealthy, powerful, and lethal, the Navy created the Zumwalt-class to bridge from current needs to future capabilities, adding space and power accommodating systems not yet imagined but designed to counter adversaries that challenge us now and in the decades to come. Designed to combat the threats of today as well as those of coming decades, these ships are equipped with numerous advanced technology and survivability systems.

DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System (IPS). Key design features that make the DDG 1000 IPS architecture unique include the ability to 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 wave-piercing tumblehome hull design has facilitated a wide array of advancements. The composite superstructure significantly reduces radar cross section and other signatures, making the ship harder to detect by enemies at sea. The design also allows for optimal manning with a standard crew size of 178 sailors thereby decreasing lifecycle operations and support costs.

DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land search and track, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface.


The Navy procured three Zumwalt class destroyers which are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations, Elmo R. R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) is responsible for design, construction, integration, testing and delivery of the DDG 1000 class, and DDG 1002 steel deckhouse, hangar and aft Peripheral Vertical Launch System (PVLS). Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) fabricated the composite deckhouse, helicopter hangar and PVLS for DDG 1000 and DDG 1001.

Construction on USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) commenced in February 2009; the ship was commissioned on October 15, 2016. The Navy accepted final delivery of DDG 1000 on April 24, 2020, completing the dual delivery process and marking transition to the next phase of developmental and integrated at-sea testing. USS Zumwalt joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet battle force and is assigned to Surface Development Squadron One. DDG 1000 conducted the MK 46 Structural Test Fire (STF) in May 2020 marking first-in-class large caliber firing of ammunition from a ZUMWALT Class shipboard weapons system and the first live fire test of the MK 57 Vertical Launching System with a Standard Missile (SM-2) in October 2020. DDG 1000 will continue first-of-class developmental and integrated at-sea testing in support of attaining Initial Operational Capability (IOC) planned for December 2021.

DDG 1001 was named Michael Monsoor in October 2008 by then-Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter, honoring Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Ramadi, Iraq on Sept. 29, 2006. The Navy accepted hull, mechanical, and electrical (HM&E) delivery for DDG 1001 on April 26, 2018. DDG 1001 was commissioned in Coronado, California Jan. 26, 2019. USS Michael Monsoor completed Combat System Availability in March 2020 and is activating weapons, sensors and communication systems. DDG 1001 will be participating in underway test events, fleet exercises and regular at sea periods to maintain crew proficiency and provide the fleet an early opportunity to engage the ship in operational scenarios.

In 2012, then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named DDG 1002 in honor of our nation's 36th president, Lyndon B. Johnson. The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was christened April 27, 2019. DDG 1002 is currently under construction at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works and completion of production and test activity is planned for November 2021Delivery of the ship is now planned for a single delivery approach following the completion of Combat Systems installation, test and activation at a follow-on yard period.

General Characteristics, Zumwalt class

Builder: General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
SPY-3 Radar and Combat System Integrator: Raytheon is the prime contractor responsible for the Design and Development of the ZUMWALT Mission System, including software, Combat Systems Equipment (CSE) and many of the sensors for the DDG 1000 Class.
Propulsion: Two Main Turbine Generators (MTG); Two Auxiliary Turbine Generators (ATG); Two 33.6 MW Advanced Induction Motors (AIM)
Length: 610 feet
Beam: 80.7 feet
Displacement: 15,995 metric tons
Speed: 30-plus kts
Crew: 178
Armament: Eighty advanced Peripheral Vertical Launch (PVLS) cells for Tomahawk, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), Standard Missiles, and Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rockets (ASROC) (VLA); Two 30mm Close-in Guns Systems (CIGS)
Aircraft: Capacity for one MH-60R and one VTUAV

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), San Diego, California
USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), San Diego, California
Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), under construction

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