DDG 1002 launched at Bath Iron Works
The US Navy’s third and final Zumwalt-class ship, the future USS Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002), has been launched at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard.
With the ship now in water, final outfitting and production can commence.
Zumwalt-class destroyers feature a modern electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design and are equipped with advanced weaponry. The fleet will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control and C2 missions.
Cpt Kevin Smith, DDG 1000 program manager, Program Executive Office Ships, said: ‘It’s important for the DDG 1000 programme and shipyard to reach this major milestone. With the first two ships of the class underway, we are excited to continue the next phase of construction of the future Lyndon B Johnson.’
The future Lyndon B Johnson is scheduled to be christened in the spring of 2019.
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