Monday, April 16, 2012

DDG-1002 named Johnson

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Monday that the next Zumwalt-class destroyer will be named the USS Lyndon B. Johnson, after the nation's 36th president. The ship, DDG-1002, is the third ship of the Zumwalt class being built by General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works in Maine. The ships, designed for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, are 600 feet long with a speed of 30 knots. (Source: NNS, 04/16/12) Gulf Coast note: Ingalls Shipbuilding's Gulfport, Miss., operation supplies the composite deckhouse and other composite sections for the Zumwalt ships.