Zumwalt Arrives in Canada


ESQUIMALT, British Columbia – The namesake of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia, March 11. 

“We are excited for this opportunity to visit Canada and further strengthen the close partnership between our navies and communities,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “By working together with partners like the Royal Canadian Navy, we help ensure the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”

The visit marks an opportunity for the crew to experience the hospitality of the Canadian port, as well as showcase the U.S. Navy’s newest class of destroyers.  

“USS Zumwalt possesses stealth, size, power and computing capacity that provide the Navy multiple-mission ships capable of meeting today’s maritime missions as well as the ability to incorporate new technologies to counter emerging threats tomorrow,” Carlson said.

During the scheduled port visit, Zumwalt is slated to host Canadian Forces, Marine Forces Pacific Commander, Rear. Adm. Bob Auchterlonie, and U.S. Consul General in Vancouver Katherine S. Dhanani.

The Zumwalt-class destroyer is capable of performing the critical maritime missions of deterrence and power projection and creating battlespace complexity for adversaries with its abilities to operate both near to shore and in the open sea.

Zumwalt is 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider than the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer at 610 feet long, providing the space required to execute a wider array of surface, undersea, and aviation missions. 

Zumwalt is under operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Third Fleet coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.

The above article was written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Natalie Byers and published on March 11, 2019.

And in an article published in USNI News by Sam LaGrone on March 8, 2019, the time in San Diego for the new ship was discussed.

Since arriving in San Diego in 2016, the first-in-class Zumwalt has been in an intensive process of installing and activating the destroyer’s combat systems as part of a post-delivery yard period led by contractor Raytheon which is set to be completed later this year.

“We continue to focus hard on delivering this first in class destroyer with advanced capabilities to the fleet, said Capt. Danny Hernandez, a Navy acquisition spokesman said in a Saturday statement to USNI News.

“This underway is another positive step towards testing as we get closer to the ship’s final delivery, later this year.”

In January, the Zumwalt-class program manager briefed reporters that the testing for the combat system activation and post-delivery trials would occur at the same time.