U.S. Navy to christen third Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer

BATH, Maine. U.S. Navy officials announced that they will christen its newest Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), during a ceremony in late April at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.

The DDG 1002 is third ship in the Zumwalt-class and is named in honor of late President Lyndon B. Johnson, who served in office from 1963-1969, and will be the first ship to bear his name.

"The future USS Lyndon B. Johnson will serve for decades as a reminder of President Johnson's service to our nation and support of a strong Navy and Marine Corps team," says Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. "This ship honors not only President Johnson's service, but also the service of our industry partners who are vital in making the Navy the nation needs."

The multimission Zumwalt-class destroyers will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. Zumwalt ships are 610 feet long, have a beam of 80.7 feet, displace almost 16,000 tons, and are capable of making 30 knots speed.