Admiral Zumwalt’s Legacy, Spirit Carries Through Today’s Navy – by By Capt. James “T” Kirk, Commanding Officer, Pre-Commissioning Unit ZUMWALT (DDG 1000)
Honoring Admiral Elmo Zumwalt and Remembering the Service Connected Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma That Killed Him
Due to an unexpectedly high run on brochures at the Christening of the USS ZUMWALT (DDG-1000) on April 12, 2014, we have made it available on my website. For those of you interested in having a copy, please feel free to download.
These videos were prepared by the U.S. Navy at the request of the USS ZUMWALT’s Prospective Commanding Officer, Captain James Kirk.
The purpose of the longer video is to educate the ship’s crew about their ship’s namesake, hopefully instilling in each crew member an understanding of the importance in continuing his legacy by performing at the highest level of professionalism.
The shorter video is to educate civilian visitors to the ship on its namesake as well.
Transfer and Float Off at Bath Iron Works
The Navy has named its newest class of destroyer after Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.
The Zumwalt-class destroyer is designed as a multi-mission vessel, focusing on land attack. The lead ship, now under construction, is named USS Zumwalt and carries the hull number DDG-1000. Completion of USS Zumwalt is scheduled for 2013 with delivery in 2014. The USS Zumwalt Will Be Navy’s Biggest Destroyer
Two episodes of the popular CBS television show NCIS identified below have featured the USS ZUMWALT:
See below for articles, pictures and video of the ship’s construction and christening:
Navy Chaplains and the Naval Tradition of Christening Ships (The Chaplain Corps has a special link to Admiral Zumwalt. He personally commissioned the first female chaplain in the entire Armed Forces, LTJG Diana Pohlman, on July 2, 1973.)
Here is the latest video of the construction of the USS Zumwalt. The DDG 1000 deckhouse lift and ship and deckhouse translation, December 13-15, 2012.
November 18, 2011
The initial hull segment is completed on the first of three big warships named for a U.S. Navy trailblazer.
By DAVID SHARP The Associated Press
BATH – Two daughters and the son of the late Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt helped Bath Iron Works mark a milestone Thursday in construction of the largest ship to be built in more than two decades at the shipyard.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Moves 4,000-ton Section of Destroyer “Zumwalt” (DDG 1000)
“Future Force” — how the Navy is investing in new and proven technology to continue to execute the Maritime Strategy, ensuring the Navy will prevent and win in conflict today and is prepared for the most likely future challenges.
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)
- The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) U.S Navy destroyer is the next-generation destroyer able to take the fight to enemy shores where current destroyers cannot go.
- Due to its unique hull design, the approximately 600 ft long DDG-1000 will appear on an enemy’s radar as a very small fishing boat.
- It is designed with 10 new war fighting technologies.
It will be the world’s quietest naval surface combatant ship.
Its Dual Band Radar (DBR) will handle ten times more targets than any other U.S. Navy radar system.
- Its Dual Band Radar will be able to detect and shoot down enemy aircraft before they can even fire their missiles.
- It is the first U.S. Navy destroyer to carry mine avoidance sonar.
- It has the same firepower as an entire Marine Corps or Army artillery battalion (640 personnel, 19 guns, 147 vehicles.)
- Its gun system can hit targets 6 to 7 times further away than can other ships.
- It will be manned by less than half the crew needed on current destroyers.
- 10 DDG-1000 ships would cost $4.5 billion dollars less to operate and support than 10 current DDG-51 destroyers.
- It’s “Open Architecture” (OA) -allows for future Navy ship upgrades without costly re-engineering.