Third Zumwalt Class Destroyer Finishes Builder Trials

The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) — the third Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer — completed its “builder’s trials” in Maine last week and returned to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, as reported in a press release.

The destroyer underwent a five-day trial that included demonstrations of operational capabilities of its hull, mechanical, and electrical systems.

Bath Iron Works President Dirk Lesko said that the success of this trial moves it “closer to delivering this ship and returning our focus to increasing the pace of DDG 51 construction.”

“Achieving this milestone is the result of tireless effort on the part of the BIW-Industry-Navy team who have our gratitude for a job well done,” Lesko said.

The DDG 1002

Named after 36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson, the DDG 1002 features a hull “designed to create a low radar profile, an integrated power system, and a total ship computing environment infrastructure.”

The contract to build the DDG 1002 was awarded in 2011 for an amount of $1.8 billion. In 2015, officials from the Department of Defense called for the cancellation of the project. However, the Pentagon decided to move forward with it.

The USS Lyndon B. Johnson was launched in Bath, Maine, in 2018 and christened in 2019 by Johnson’s daughters, Luci and Lynda.

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