US to commission 2nd Zumwalt-class destroyer

The United States Navy is set to commission into service the second Zumwalt-class destroyer on January 26. It will be known as USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) in active US Navy service.

The US Pacific Fleet said California Congressman Scott Peters will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address.

The ship honors 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. 

“Mrs. Sally Monsoor, Michael’s mother, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Mrs. Monsoor will give the first order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”,” the US Pacific Fleet added.

“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,” it added.

“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,” US Pacific Fleet said.

USS Michael Monsoor will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego, California.