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    Default Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of First DDG 1000 Zumwalt

    General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of DDG 1000, First Zumwalt-class Destroyer

    November 18, 2011


    BATH, Maine – On Thursday, November 17, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel laying of Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first ship in the planned three-ship Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers.

    The keel unit is the 4,000-ton, heavily outfitted mid-forebody section of the ship, which was moved from the shipyard’s Ultra Hall construction facility onto the building ways in late October.

    A photo of the keel unit is available at http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111027/PH95267.

    The ship is named for ADM Elmo Zumwalt (1920-2000), regarded as the father of the modern Navy. He served with distinction on destroyers during WWII in the Pacific and later oversaw littoral operations during the Vietnam War. In 1970, he was named the youngest-ever chief of naval operations. He applied his vast knowledge of sailors and ships to modernize the U.S. Navy, introducing major policy changes to boost morale and create greater efficiency while also conducting a campaign against racism and sexism throughout the fleet.

    A special steel plate containing the initials of ADM Zumwalt’s four children, daughters and ship co-sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, LtCol James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), and Elmo Zumwalt III, now deceased, was prepared for the ceremony. The co-sponsors authenticated the laying of the keel by striking welding arcs onto the steel plate, assisted by Carl Pepin, a 33-year BIW welder.

    The principal speaker was RDML Ann C. Phillips, USN, Director Surface Warfare Division, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Jeff Geiger, Bath Iron Works president, said, “We were pleased to have members of the Zumwalt family and distinguished Navy representatives with us to commemorate this important milestone in the construction of this ship.”

    The DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is the U.S. Navy’s next-generation, guided-missile naval destroyer, leading the way for a new generation of advanced multi-mission surface combat ships.

    The ships will feature a low radar profile, an integrated power system and a total ship computing environment infrastructure.

    Armed with an array of weapons, the Zumwalt-class destroyers will provide offensive, distributed and precision fires in support of forces ashore.


    Bath Iron Works is the lead designer and builder for the program which employs approximately 5,500 people.


    http://www.generaldynamics.com/news/...eID_1811=17224


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    Excellent pics, sir. Many thanks.

    I did a search for anything DDG-1000 related; might need to review and retest my searching methodologies.

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    My perspective for modern warships is entirely out of kilter. To look at that, I'd say it's ~800tonnes.

    Four THOUSAND. That's an OHP frigate right there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyslapper View Post
    My perspective for modern warships is entirely out of kilter. To look at that, I'd say it's ~800tonnes.

    Four THOUSAND. That's an OHP frigate right there!
    They don't call 'em "Ultra" units for nothing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt-Col A. Tack View Post
    Excellent pics, sir. Many thanks.

    I did a search for anything DDG-1000 related; might need to review and retest my searching methodologies.
    Some more info on the class and many pictures
    http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...fications.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by xavČ View Post
    Some more info on the class and many pictures
    http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...fications.html
    Many thanks, sir!

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    Holy crap, I had no idea these puppies was actually going to be built. Thanks for sharing.

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    Can't wait to see what this thing looks like in the water. Only two more years...

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    Sweet pics....i really like that machine with 20.000 wheels carrying it all.

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    Definitely the right style to go with the new civil war style US uniforms.
    Looks like USS Monitor

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    I was sure the 1000-DDG was canceled! Great news!

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    WOW I haven't been the biggest fan of these ships and their cost overruns but it is exciting seen photos of the keels being laid. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread.

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    Here's a local news story on the Ceremony which includes some glimpses of the aft Ultra unit being assembled in the construction shed known as the "Ultra Hall".

    Sadly, the USN isn't doing much in the way ofpromoting this ship's construction beyond the occasional picture on navy.mil. The class's costs, the budget environment, the leadership's eagerness to keep the "build more Zumwalts" idea out of the public's mind while they work on Burke Flight III, and security concerns are all working against finding out more about these beauties as they're built.

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    The deckhouse for DDG 1000 under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding's Composite Center of Excellence in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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