USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) Guided Missile Destroyer Warship
The USS Michael Monsoor DDG-1001 advanced guided missile destroyer will be the second of five planned Zumwalt-class destroyers for the US Navy.
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The USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-2001) represents the second of three Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers currently planned for service with the United States Navy (USN). The lead ship of the class is the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) herself which is followed by Monsoor. The third vessel of the group has been named USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002). Construction for USS Michael Monsoor was awarded on February 14th, 2008 to Bath Iron Works to which her keel was laid down on May 23rd, 2013. She is expected to be commissioned sometime in 2016. The ship is named after Michael Anthony Monsoor (1981-2006) who served as a United States Navy SEALs and was killed in Iraq during 2006. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor.
The Zumwalt-class represents the most advanced guided missile destroyer group of the modern USN. These are "multi-mission", ocean-going vessels built on speed with a balanced set of offensive and defensive capabilities. As such, they can be called to operate as part of the main ocean-going force or serve as independent units with equal lethality. Extensive advanced onboard systems (for both processing and combat) as well as naval stealth technology figure largely into their design. Their structures are wholly unique to the world of naval destroyers, lacking any hand rails or similar obstructions and featuring slab-sides with angular faces. The vessels have near-featureless bows (save for a pair of deck gun turrets, and stern-based flight decks and well-tapered overall shapes to cut through water. The main superstructure is centrally-located in the usual way and houses the bridge, communications/tracking/engagement systems and smoke funnel.