USS Michael Monsoor

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USS Michael Monsoor
Christening of USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) at Bath Iron Works on 18 June 2016.JPG
Christening of Michael Monsoor on 18 June 2016
United States
Name: USS Michael Monsoor
Namesake: Michael A. Monsoor
Awarded: 15 September 2011[1]
Builder: Bath Iron Works[1]
Cost: US$1.4 billion
Laid down: 23 May 2013[1][2]
Launched: 20 June 2016[1]
Christened: 18 June 2016
Acquired: 24 April 2018[1]
Commissioned: 26 January 2019[3]
Homeport: San Diego[1]
Motto: "I Will Defend"[4]
Status: In active service
Badge: USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Zumwalt-class destroyer
Displacement: 14,564 tons[5]
Length: 600 ft (182.9 m)
Beam: 80.7 ft (24.6 m)
Draft: 27.6 ft (8.4 m)
Speed: 30.3 knots (56.1 km/h; 34.9 mph)
Complement: 140
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar (MFR) (X-band, scanned array)
  • Volume Search Radar (VSR) (S-band, scanned array)
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities: Hangar Bay, Helicopter Pad

USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) is the second ship of the Zumwalt class of guided missile destroyers. The Zumwalts were designed as multi-mission surface combatants tailored for advanced land attack and littoral dominance with a mission of providing credible, independent forward presence and deterrence and operating as integral parts of naval, joint or combined maritime forces. Their main guns are a pair of Advanced Gun Systems (AGS). Because the AGS is currently unusable due to a suspension of its ammunition development program, they cannot provide naval gunfire support[8] and their mission is now surface warfare.[9] Michael Monsoor is the second Zumwalt-class destroyer. The ship is 600 feet (180 m) in length, with a beam of 80.7 feet (24.6 m) and displacing approximately 15,000 tons. Michael Monsoor has a crew size of approximately 148 officers and sailors; she can make speed in excess of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).


Michael Monsoor

Michael Monsoor is named after Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor (1981–2006), a United States Navy SEAL killed during the Iraq War and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.[10]



Assembly of modules for Michael Monsoor began in March 2010.[11] The keel laying and authentication ceremony for Michael Monsoor was held at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard on 23 May 2013.[12] Michael Monsoor was launched on 21 June 2016.[13]

Electrical failure during trials[edit]

On 4 December 2017, Michael Monsoor had problems with the complex electrical system which ended builders trials early and forced the ship to return to the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. A harmonic filter aboard failed one day after she left the yard. The ship returned to the yard on 5 December 2017. Harmonic filters are used in complex electrical systems to prevent unintended power fluctuations from damaging sensitive equipment. The delay in sea trials would not affect her expected March 2018 delivery.[14]

Service with the U.S. Navy[edit]

Michael Monsoor transits San Diego Bay en route to Naval Base San Diego, 6 December 2018

Michael Monsoor was delivered to the Navy in April 2018[15] and commissioned on 26 January 2019 at Naval Air Station North Island as the second ship in the Zumwalt class.[3] She is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Michael Monsoor". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  2. ^ "NNS130523-14, Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) Keel Authenticated". NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communications. 23 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "USS Michael Monsoor Commissioning Ceremony Honors Legacy of Navy SEAL" (Press release). United States Navy. 26 January 2019. NNS190126-01. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "DDG 1000 Flight I Design". Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-15.
  6. ^ a b c Kasper, Joakim (20 September 2015). "About the Zumwalt Destroyer". AeroWeb. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  7. ^ GAO-05-752R Progress of the DD(X) Destroyer Program. U.S. Government Accountability Office. 14 June 2005.
  8. ^ a b LaGrone, Sam (11 January 2018). "No New Round Planned For Zumwalt Destroyer Gun System; Navy Monitoring Industry". USNI News. U.S. Naval Institute. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  9. ^ Eckstein, Megan (4 December 2017). "New Requirements for DDG-1000 Focus on Surface Strike". USNI News. U.S. Naval Institute. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Michael A. Monsoor". Military Times. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Flash Traffic: Keel Laid for 1st DDG-1000 Destroyer". The Navy. Navy Leage of Australia. 74 (1): 15. January 2012. ISSN 1322-6231.
  12. ^ NAVSEA Office of Corporate Communications. "Future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) Keel Authenticated". Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Navy Christens DDG-1001, Named For SEAL Michael Monsoor". U.S. Naval Institute. 20 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Electrical Problems Shorten Second Zumwalt-class Destroyer's Builders Trials". 11 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Michael Monsoor". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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