The stealth destroyer left the Bath shipyard and headed down Maine’s Kennebec River yesterday, 27 August to begin sea trials. Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was launched in December 2018 and christened in April 2019. It is expected to be commissioned with the U.S. Navy in 2023. First ship-in-class USS Zumwalt was commissioned in October 2016 while sister ship USS Michael Monsoor was commissioned in January 2019.
“We’re honored to send this wonderful ship to sea trials on the birthday of its namesake, President Lyndon B. Johnson. DDG 1002 heads down the Kennebec River for the Gulf of Maine where it will conduct sea trials to test a multitude of ship systems. It is the third and final ship in the Zumwalt class of destroyers, known for their advanced electrical system, capable of powering 50,000 homes, and their stealth as a result of a radar-evading design and construction.”
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
The third ship in the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1002 is named in honor of late President Lyndon B. Johnson, who served in office from 1963-1969, and will be the first ship to bear his name.
The multi-mission Zumwalt-class destroyers 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. Zumwalt ships are 610 feet long, have a beam of 80.7 feet, displace almost 16,000 tons, and are capable of making 30 knots speed.
General Characteristics of the Zumwalt-class destroyer
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 34.6 MW Advanced Induction Motors (AIM)
Length: 610 feet
Beam: 80.7 feet
Displacement: 15,995 metric tons
Speed: 30 kts
Crew: 175 (including a 28-person air detachment)
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 Advanced Gun System (AGS) 155 mm guns; Two 30mm Close-in Guns Systems (CIGS)
Aircraft: Capacity for two MH-60R; Three VTUAVs
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), San Diego, CA
USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), San Diego, CA
Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), sea trials