View Full Version : Ship to be named after Michael Monsoor, HERO

11-19-2008, 12:55 AM
081029-N-5549O-001 NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2008) A photo illustration of the Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). The ship will be named after Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Michael Monsoor (SEAL) who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat on Sept. 29, 2006 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. (U.S. Navy illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)

The Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG-1000, previously known as the DD(X) program) is a planned class of United States Navy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy) destroyers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destroyer), designed as multi-mission ships with a focus on land attack. The class is a scaled-back project that emerged after funding cuts to the larger DD-21 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DD-21) vessel program. The Zumwalt-class destroyers are multi-role and designed for surface warfare, anti-aircraft, and naval fire support. They take the place of the battleships in filling the former congressional mandate for naval fire support, though the requirement was reduced to allow them to fill this role. The vessel's appearance has been compared to that of the historic ironclad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironclad). [3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zumwalt_class_destroyer#cite_note-2)
The DDG-1000 is planned to feature the following: a low radar profile; an integrated power system, which can send electricity to the electric drive motors or weapons, which may someday include railguns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railgun);[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zumwalt_class_destroyer#cite_note-3) a total ship computing environment infrastructure, serving as the ship's primary LAN and as the hardware-independent platform for all of the ship's software ensembles; automated fire-fighting systems and automated piping rupture isolation. The destroyer is being designed to require a smaller crew and be less expensive to operate than comparable warships. It will have a wave-piercing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave-piercing) "tumblehome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumblehome)" hull form whose sides slope inward above the waterline. This will reduce the radar cross-section, returning much less energy than a more hard-angled hull form.
The lead ship (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_ship) is named Zumwalt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Zumwalt_%28DDG-1000%29) for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmo_R._Zumwalt,_Jr.), and carries the hull number DDG-1000. Originally 32 ships were planned for the class, this was progressively cut down to 2,[5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zumwalt_class_destroyer#cite_note-ndaa69-70-4) it now looks like three will be built. The Navy expects each ship to cost nearly $3.3bn.[5] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zumwalt_class_destroyer#cite_note-ndaa69-70-4)

11-19-2008, 12:58 AM
God bless the USA

11-19-2008, 07:38 AM
hehe, Looks like a updated Iron Clad.

11-20-2008, 12:57 AM
hehe, Looks like a updated Iron Clad.

good point, it almost feels like a stealth ship that just cuts through the water. To me it looks like a top level, stealthy, fast moving submarine.