Second Zumwalt-class destroyer passes sea test

A U.S. Navy statement this week said the future USS Michael Monsoor, the second Zumwalt-class destroyer, has successfully completed acceptance trials.

The service said that onboard navigation, damage control, mechanical, combat, communication and propulsion systems all checked out by meeting or exceeding specifications.

The 610-foot long warship began sea trials in December but those were ended early due to equipment failures.

The Monsoor is the second of three Zumwalt-class destroyers built at Main’s Bath Iron Works. The ships feature electric-drive propulsion, new radar and sonar, powerful guns and missiles, and a unique shape that gives the ships stealth-like qualities.

The ships are also the most expensive destroyers ever built, with all three costing some $22 billion.

The Monsoor is named after Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor (1981–2006), a United States Navy SEAL killed during the Iraq War and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. [source.]

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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