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Surface Navy 2019: Work backup, composite construction holds up Zumwalt work

17 January 2019

A backlog of industrial work on the US west coast and the complexity of some of the superstructure construction on DDG 1000 guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt has been causing delays in getting the ship into the fleet, said Captain Kevin Smith, the programme manager for DDG 1000.

Zumwalt is now in San Diego undergoing repairs and modifications following shipyard availability while the US Navy (USN) also activates the combat system.

“We did have some challenges out there with our execution yard,” said Capt Smith on 16 January at the Surface Navy Association 2019 symposium. “That availability did go on a bit longer,” he noted, blaming some of the delay on issues typically found on first-of-class ships like Zumwalt.

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