The USS Michael Monsoor DDG-1001 advanced guided-missile destroyer is the second of three 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.
The USS Michael Monsoor is powered y 2 x Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbine engines supported y auxiliary diesel units. This allows the sleek vessel a top ocean-going speed of up to 30 knots. She is crewed by 140 personnel and displaces at 14,500 tons. Measurements include a length of 600 feet with a beam of 80.5 feet and draught of 27.5 feet. Her onboard processing systems include the AN/SPY-3 series Multi-Function Radar (MFR) unit, the Volume Search Radar (VSR) and sonar.
Armament is at the heart of the Zumwalt-class destroyer group and in this department the Monsoor does not disappoint. She is outfitted with 20 x Mk 57 Vertical Launcher Systems (VLSs) numbering 80 x cells in all (4 cells to each module). She features the RIM-162 "Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile" (ESSM) anti-aircraft missile which is based on the original aircraft-carried Sparrow line of old. The Monsoor also supports an Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) system while more "conventional" munition-fed armament includes 2 x 155mm Advanced Gun Systems (AGSs) along the forecastle (precision ranged firing against surface warships and offshore targets) and 2 x 57mm Mk 110 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) for short-range defense against aerial targets (low-flying aircraft and cruise missiles). The flight deck at the stern supports the launching and retrieval of 2 x Sikorsky SH-60 LAMPS anti-submarine naval helicopters or 1 x Sikorsky MH-60R medium-lift transport helicopter as well as 3 x Northrop Grumman MQ-8 "Fire Scout" helicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
February 2008 - The contract to built USS Michael Monsoor was awarded to Bath Iron Works on February 14th, 2008.
March 2010 - USS Michael Monsoor began construction of its various missile modules.
May 2013 - The keel for vessel was laid down on May 23rd, 2013.
June 2016 - USS Michael Monsoor was formally launched to sea on June 21st, 2016.
April 2018 - The United States Navy officially took delivery of the warship on April 24th, 2018.
January 2019 - USS Michael Monsoor was formally commissioned into service with the United States Navy on January 26th, 2019. It sails with the fighting motto of "I Will Defend".
Status Commissioned, in Active Service
Complement 140 Personnel
Ship Class [ Zumwalt-class ] Ships-in-Class [ 3 ] : USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000); USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001); USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002)
- Amphibious Operations Support
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
600 ft (182.88 m)
Width / Beam:
81 ft (24.69 m)
Height / Draught:
28 ft (8.53 m)
2 x Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 turbines with 2 x Auxiliary turbine generators and 2 x Advanced Induction Motors.
30 kts (35 mph)
2 x 155mm /62 caliber AGSs (Advanced Gun Systems) turreted deck guns.
20 x 4-cell MK 57 Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting the "Tomahawk" land-attack cruise missile, RIM-162 "Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile" (ESSM) or standard surface-to-surface missile types.
1 x Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launcher.
2 x 30mm Mk 46 Mod 2 (Mk44 "Bushmaster II") Gun Weapon System (GWS).
2 x Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters OR 1 x Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter.
3 x Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout UAV helicopters.
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