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Destroyers (DDG 1000)

Last updated: 05 Jan 2023

DDG 1000-class guided missile destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities, including Long Range Precision Strike, 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 performs 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 design also allows for optimal manning with a standard crew size of 197 sailors thereby decreasing lifecycle operations and support costs.

DDG 1000 employs 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. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) was 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. Following delivery, USS Zumwalt conducted at-sea testing and participated in fleet exercises to maintain crew proficiency and provide the fleet an early opportunity to engage in operational scenarios. DDG 1000 conducted her initial employment August 2022 through November 2022. DDG 1000 will continue first-of-class developmental and integrated at-sea testing, as well as participate in fleet employment opportunities prior to commencing Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) installation in October 2023.

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 conducted at sea periods and underway test events in 2022 to include Survivability test events, Deck Landing Qualifications, exercises for the 28th edition of the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) international maritime exercises of the coast of Hawaii, and Failure and Recoverability Mode Testing (FARM) / Enhanced Total Ship Survivability Trial (eTSST). DDG 1001 is conducting Post Shakedown Availability November 2022-May 2023.

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. The Navy accepted completion of DDG 1002 production and test activity from General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) November 2021. DDG 1002 departed BIW January 2022 and arrived at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, MS for combat systems installation and activation. DDG 1002 is currently undergoing her Combat Systems Availability (CSA). Delivery of the ship is now planned for a single delivery approach upon completion of a successful acceptance trial.

The Navy is on track to field Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) on Zumwalt Class destroyers in FY2025. In support of the Zumwalt Class being the first platform to deliver CPS capability, the Navy commenced engineering design planning that will allow for integration of CPS on DDG 1000 during a planned FY2024 availability. Engineering design planning includes removal of the two 155 mm Advanced Gun System (AGS) mounts. The CPS capability will be installed in the space previously occupied by the forward Advanced Gun System (AGS) gun mount while the aft mount will remain open for future capabilities.

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: All electric drive 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: 197
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:  one MH-60R

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), San Diego, California
USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), San Diego, California
Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), Pascagoula, MS (CSA Execution Yard)

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