National Naval Officers Association Members Attend Destroyer Zumwalt Commissioning – October 15, 2016
BALTIMORE-Members of The National Naval Officers Association attended the Navy commissioning of the destroyer the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), during a ceremony here, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016.
The ship is named in honor of Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations (CNO) from 1970 to 1974. A veteran of World War II and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, Adm. Zumwalt exemplified honor, courage and commitment during 32 years of dedicated naval service, earning a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 79.
“DDG-1000 is one of the most innovative and technologically-advanced ships our Navy has built and it is this spirit of innovation, this commitment to forward thinking and the ability of our Navy and its sailors to see beyond the horizon that we honor as we commission the USS Zumwalt,” said the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy. “Just as DDG-1000 is the first of its class, so too was Adm. Elmo Zumwalt.”
The ship will be crewed by 147 officers and enlisted personnel and a 28-person aviation detachment. The 15,995-metric ton Zumwalt was built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is 610 feet in length and has an overall beam of 80.7 feet and a navigational draft of 27.6 feet. Two main turbine generators and two auxiliary turbine generators and two 33.6 megawatt advanced induction motors power the ship to sustained speeds of 30 knots.
“This was my first time witnessing the commissioning of one of our mighty warships and she is first in her class, a truly historic event!” said Lt. Alana Abernethy, NNOA Member. “As a Surface Warfare Officer, the experience inspired a renewed sense of pride in what we do and fed the fire I already felt preparing to go to Department Head School and back out to sea. NNOA afforded me this great opportunity and I shall cherish the experience.”
Adm. Zumwalt was a social reformer who recognized the value of a diverse U.S. Navy. He committed his career to its sailors, and tirelessly championed improving quality of life throughout the fleet, including the institutionalization of equality for minorities and women. “As CNO, Adm. Zumwalt introduced rules and regulations in the early 70’s that allow me to reach the position and responsibility I employ today,” said Cmdr. Rich A. Borden. Adm. Zumwalt was considered a “thinking officer” who was devoted to sailors and creating an environment where everyone was treated equally – a legacy that can be seen today in the diversity of the fleet.