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Surface Navy 2018: USN expected speedier Zumwalt progress

09 January 2018

Additional testing and associated development of the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is going more slowly than anticipated, said Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Forces.

The ship is still going through shipboard and combat systems testing and is in the middle of its post-shakedown availability, Vice Adm Rowden noted on 9 January during a press conference at the 30th annual Surface Navy Association National Symposium.

“It’s not going as rapidly as we wanted,” Vice Adm Rowden said.

However, he pointed out, Zumwalt is a first-of-class ship with a “first-of-class combat system” that includes MK57 launchers – contained and protected by the Peripheral Vertical Launch System – and a modified AN/SPY-3 radar.

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