DDG-1001 Nearly Complete, DDG-1002 More Than Half-Finished
By DANIEL P. TAYLER, Seapower Special Correspondent
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — The second DDG 1000 is nearly complete and the third and final ship of the class is well over halfway finished with construction, the program manager said April 4 at Navy League’s 2017 Sea-Air-Space symposium.
Capt. Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 program manager, said the future Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) was 92 percent complete. The last ship of the truncated Zumwalt class, the future Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) was 59 percent complete as of March 10, Smith said.
In addition, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be conducting live fire events in 2019, Smith said.
Smith showed off numerous photos of the Zumwalt’s debut, repeating Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr.’s words from the October commissioning in Baltimore: “If Batman had a ship, it would be the USS Zumwalt.”
Zumwalt has not been without its problems since joining the fleet, however. While passing through the Panama Canal on its way from the East Coast to San Diego late last year, the ship lost propulsion and suffered water intrusion, requiring repairs. The incident happened just weeks after it debuted.