VIDEO: USS Zumwalt Takes to Sea

The U.S. Navy shared a video of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) underway for the first time conducting the first set of at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean, December 7.

DDG 1000 is the first of a new class of warships in the US Navy. The ship is designed as a multi-mission destroyer able to provide independent forward presence and deterrence or operate as an integral part of a Joint or Multi-national naval task force.

The construction of the ship began in February 2009 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard. Four years later, the destroyer was launched in October 2013 and then christened in April 2014.

Initially, 32 Zumwalt destroyers were supposed to be built. Over the years the number, however, declined to three vessels. There have also been talks about cancelling the third Zumwalt vessel but no official decision has been disclosed so far.

USS Zumwalt’s delivery was pushed from September 2014 to November 2015 due to issues that arose because of the challenges with the integration, installation and testing of the high-tech components on the new class of warships.

Naval Today Staff, Video: US Navy