US activates newest destroyer named after Medal of Honor-awardee Navy SEAL

The United States Navy’s newest Zumwalt-class destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), was commissioned to service on January 26 at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California.

US Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works

DDG 1001 was named after Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Ramadi, Iraq, September 29, 2006. 

“When you man the rails today and you man your first watch stations at [general quarters], you bring this ship to life in the spirit and legacy of Michael Monsoor with toughness, courage and love, and you will be the defenders,” said Vice Adm. Timothy Szymanski, the deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. “You will defend. Stay in the Fight.”

Michael Monsoor’s mother Sally Monsoor served as the warship’s sponsor and delivered the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” 

“The nearly 16,000-ton Michael Monsoor was built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is 610 feet in length, has a beam of 87 feet, and a navigational draft of 27 feet. The ship is powered by two Rolls-Royce main turbine generators, two Rolls-Royce auxiliary turbine generators, two 34.6 MW advanced induction motors to speeds up to 30-plus knots,” the US Navy said.