The U.S. Navy said the second of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001), completed acceptance trials on Thursday.
During the trials, the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) evaluated the ship and crew during a series of demonstrations pier-side and while underway. INSURV validated the ship construction and compliance with Navy specifications.
Onboard systems tested to validate performance include navigation, damage control, mechanical, electrical, combat, communications, and propulsion systems. The Navy said these systems met or exceeded the services’s specifications.
Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG-1000 class program manager at Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, said in a statement that DDG-1001 “performed exceedingly well during acceptance trials.”
“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,” he added.
Last month at the Surface Navy Association’s annual symposium Navy officials said following the acceptance trials, DDG-1001 is scheduled to have its Hull, Mechanical, and Electric (HM&E) delivery in March (Defense Daily, Jan. 11).
The final Zumwalt-class ship, the future USS Lyndon B, Johnson (DDG-1002), is planned to be christened next November, conduct trials in December, and be delivered to the Navy by March 2020.
The DDG-1000 class destroyers are built by General Dynamics’ [GD] Bath Iron Works in Maine.