On 15 October the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), namesake of a new class of 15,000-ton destroyers, was commissioned into service at an historic ceremony in Baltimore. The Zumwalt and her two planned sisters, the Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) and the Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) are stealthy multipurpose warships optimized for land-attack and littoral missions. These massive destroyers have wave-piercing tumblehome hulls featuring inward sloping sides above the waterline and enclosed masts, antennas, bridge, exhaust stacks, and sensors to enhance signature reduction. The Zumwalt’s superstructure makes extensive use of composites. She is fitted with an integrated electric power system that generates approximately 78 megawatts, providing efficient distribution of power around the ship for propulsion and electrical needs, as well as sufficient room for growth to accommodate future weapon systems. The Zumwalt will be based in San Diego, and once fully operational, will be armed with an 80-tube VLS system and two 155-mm advanced gun systems.
Mr. Wertheim, a defense consultant in the Washington, D.C., area, is the author of the 16th edition of The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, published by the Naval Institute Press (see www.usni.org).<p>