The U.S. Navy's newest warship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), has left Naval Station Norfolk for Baltimore, Md., where it will be commissioned into active service on October 15 during Fleet Week Maryland.
Originally slated to sail from Norfolk on October 9, the one-day transit was moved up to October 7 due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew.
The Navy's most technologically advanced surface ship, Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power. The ships are capable of performing critical maritime missions and they enhance the Navy's ability to provide deterrence, power projection and sea control.
Stealthy, powerful and lethal, Zumwalt's integration into the fleet will provide a vital link from the Navy's current needs to its future capabilities.
Named for Adm. Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations (CNO) from 1970 to 1974, the Zumwalt-class features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, a wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and the latest war fighting technology and weaponry available.
A veteran of World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Adm. Zumwalt exemplified honor, courage and commitment during 32 years of dedicated naval service, earning a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf
During his time as CNO, Adm. Zumwalt embraced technological innovation and advocated a number of successful programs including, the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and the F-14 Tomcat, all of which yielded long-term benefits to the warfighting readiness of the Navy. His legacy is proudly carried on today by the new class of destroyers that bear his name.