US Zumwalt Missile Destroyer Requires Repairs

  • Our Bureau
  • 01:26 PM, September 22, 2016
  • 2025
US Zumwalt Missile Destroyer Requires Repairs
Zumwalt is the sixth new ship to require unplanned repairs, after five successive Littoral Combat Ships in two months also suffered serious engine failures. (Image: US Navy)

The US guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt experienced an engineering casualty during preparations to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk earlier this week.

The ship will remain in Norfolk to conduct an assessment of the casualty and complete repairs. 

On September 19, the crew discovered the casualty after detecting a seawater leak in the propulsion motor drive lube oil auxiliary system for one of the ship’s shafts, US Navy said in a statement Wednesday.

The built-in redundancy of the ship’s propulsion plant allows this first-in-class ship to operate with multiple engine configurations. However, it was determined that the repairs should be completed in port prior to the ship transiting to sea. 

Repairs like these are not unusual in first-of-class ships during underway periods following construction. Zumwalt will conduct the repairs at Naval Station Norfolk prior to getting underway for training and certification operations. 

Also Read

Austal USA Wins US Navy Contract To Build Fast Transport Vessels

September 16, 2016 @ 06:37 PM

US Navy Awards $1 Billion Contracts For Cyberspace, Research And Tech Integration

September 16, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

Northrop Grumman To Develop US Navy Nine Ground, Air Radar Systems

September 2, 2016 @ 08:16 AM

US To Suspend Production Of Projectiles Designed For Zumwalt-class Warships

November 7, 2016 @ 09:24 AM
FEATURES/INTERVIEWS