Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig announced to the press on 6 January 2000 that the Navy's newest surface combatant, DD-21, will be built with an integrated power system. Here's why:
Today's warships, just as those first wired for electricity almost 100 years ago, are constructed with segregated propulsion and electric power systems. These systems generally are reliable and work well under normal circumstances; however, they suffer from serious drawbacks, the most notable of which is that existing electrical-distribution systems are unable to maintain power continuity when and immediately after the ship suffers a hit. This weakness has been identified in published reports describing recent battle-damage incidents, including the Exocet hits on the Stark (FFG-31) and the Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) and Princeton (CG-59) mine strikes.