USS Zumwalt

Navy’s Most Advanced Warship, USS Zumwalt Conducts Burial At Sea

The Navy’s Stealthy DDG 1000 Begins “Acceptance Trials”

3 new warships to homeport in San Diego

In Future Wars, New Ships Will Determine Control of Contested Waters – The Rise of Navies

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

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

President Clinton’s Remarks at Funeral Services for Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., in Annapolis, Maryland

Visit/Follow the USS Zumwalt Facebook page

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.

Long Version:

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.


Short Version:

The shorter video is to educate civilian visitors to the ship on its namesake as well.

Transfer and Float Off at Bath Iron Works

What this ships means to me – by Joe Muharsky


Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr.

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BERMAN’S ZUMWALT:| A Fascinating Biography of a Brilliant Leader

Wall Street Journal Review of Larry Berman’s, “Zumwalt, The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell ‘Bud’ Zumwalt, Jr.”

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:

DDG 1000 christening article in SNA Surface SITREP

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.)

USS Zumwalt: Building the Future (from Navy Live: The USN Official Blog)

Articles about the christening of the USS Zumwalt

Inside the Secret Interior of the Navy’s First Stealth Destroyer

Navy new destroyer: USS Zumwalt is bigger, badder than any other destroyer

Ship named after Tulare native on the sea for the first time

USS Zumwalt… “Gets wet”

The Latest Pictures of the USS Zumwalt

DDG 1000: Billy Badass Has Arrived

The Mighty ZUMWALT is Coming Together! An article from “Intercepts” the official blog of the, DefenseNews.

The ZUMWALT will displace more than 15,600 tons full load, bigger than most World War II heavy cruisers. Eighty feet wide with a draft of more than 27 feet, the ship’s turbine generators will produce 78 megawatts of power, one of the largest electrical loads ever put to sea. The ship’s integrated power system will allow much of that power to be directed as needed, perhaps to future laser or directed energy weapons.


The 900 ton deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000) being lifted into place at BIW on December 14, 2012.

The 900 ton deckhouse for the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) being lifted into place at BIW on December 14, 2012.







Norfolk gets peek at Navy’s newest destroyer

Planned stealth destroyer could underpin US Navy’s China strategy

How the Zumwalt Class Destroyer Works (read the full article)

Video of the assembly of the USS Zumwalt at Bath Iron Works

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.

USS Zumwalt/Bath Iron Works Facebook Page

November 18, 2011

Ceremony at BIW marks a milestone for Zumwalt

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.

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Moves 4,000-ton Section of Destroyer “Zumwalt” (DDG 1000)

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Zumwalt Program Moves Smoothly Under Radar

“Do we invest in what’s well-known (DDG-51) or do we invest in a ship that has more legs and more future?”

Congress directs Navy to mull dedicated radar ship for Aegis BMD

Discussions/Considerations for 21st Century Surface Combatants

“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.

DDG-1000: A Navy Ship On Time, Budget

Navy Slated to Wrap Up Future Destroyer Hull and Radar Study (DDG-1000 hull a possibility)

GAO Questions Costs on CGX

In Case You Missed It: Defying Trend, DDG-1000 on Time, Budget

Blogger Galrahn’s Recent Post on Senate SASC report worth reading


Why We Need Better Ships: An “inexpensive & stealthy” combat vessel is neither “DDG-1000 BEST OPTION FOR FUTURE SURFACE COMBATANT”


Independent Study Suggests DDG-1000 Is Navy’s Best Destroyer Option



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.