BALTIMORE — The Navy’s new $4.4 billion guided missile destroyer the USS-Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be commissioned Saturday at the Port of Baltimore.
The all-electric destroyer is the Navy’s pride and joy, and ushers in a new era for American seapower. The ship’s state-of-the-art electric propulsion is the latest long-range gun and missile weapon. “The USS Zumwalt is unlike any warship that has ever sailed the sea,” according to to the website dedicated to the ship. The ship arrived in Baltimore Friday.
The Blue Angels, the Navy’s fighter show squadron, will be performing in Baltimore on Saturday and Sunday. The performance is one of several planned for Fleet, as part of Fleet Week.
The ship is the first in a three-ship class of the Navy’s technologically advanced guided-missile destroyers. “The Zumwalt will triple naval surface fires coverage as well as tripling capability against anti-ship cruise missiles.”
More than a dozen U.S. and Canadian ships will be docked in Baltimore as part of Fleet Week, which runs Oct. 10-17. The Blue Angels will perform Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. over Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
Construction of the Zumwalt began in February 2009 and the ship was launched in October 2013.
After the Zumwalt is commissioned, the destroyer will return to its home port in San Diego. Capt. James A. Kirk will be the commanding officer.
The destroyer is named for Admiral “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr., who served as chief of naval operations from 1970-1974. Zumwalt was instrumental in breaking down barriers in the Navy, making it possible for females and minorities to serve as senior officers. He retired in 1974 and died five years later.