It’s the coolest-looking warship you’ve ever seen, or the nuttiest.
The US Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer was nearly dead in the water after taking many direct hits over the years for its cost (now $4.3 billion each), production delays, performance, and design (an Aztec pyramid welded atop a machete blade is how the Globe once described it).
But after significant downsizing (original plans called for 32 ships in the class), the Zumwalt class sails on with three ships. On Saturday, the second of those ships will be commissioned in San Diego as the USS Michael Monsoor. Commissioning is when the US Navy takes full control of a ship.
The first ship in the class, the USS Zumwalt, was commissioned in October 2016 in Baltimore. And the third, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson, is set to be christened (champagne bottle, etc.) soon and should be turned over to the Navy in about 18 months.
The destroyers were built at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, a division of General Dynamics. Waltham-based Raytheon handles the onboard combat systems, with the work being done mostly in Tewksbury, Andover, and Portsmouth, R.I., according to Wade Knudson, the company’s director for total ship integrated systems. Earlier this month, Raytheon received a $72 million contract for integration and testing of the combat systems on the ships.
All three of the ships are still going through extensive testing by the Navy.
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