Key ship capabilities were rigorously tested in recently completed Builder's and Acceptance Trials, including the Raytheon-developed comprehensive Total Ship Computing Environment integrated mission system. All systems performed well throughout both periods at sea, culminating with the recommendation for ship acceptance by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. While underway on Builder's Trial, the Raytheon team onboard also conducted 20 hours of hands-on training with several members of the pre-commissioning crew.
"Each trial further validated system performance at sea – and we're seeing the years of design, development and testing come to life," said Raytheon's Pat O'Kane, ship integration and test director for the DDG 1000 program. "It's especially gratifying for our system experts to spend time with the crew, advancing their skills and hearing their enthusiasm for the features and technologies of their new ship."
Building on the successes of Alpha Trials, completed in early December, the Total Ship Computing Environment again operated well for the duration and achieved the demonstration goals for acceptance. Similarly, DDG 1000's engineering control systems, integrated bridge, navigation and electro-optic surveillance systems performed well throughout both trials.
With official verification of fully-capable Hull Machinery and Electrical systems, DDG 1000 transferred to the Navy from the shipyard. Soon, the ship will sail to Baltimore for its October commissioning, and then transit to its homeport in San Diego for the commencement of mission systems activation.
Raytheon provides electronic and combat systems for the three-ship class, contributing some of the most advanced systems in the Navy. These technologies will benefit these ships and the Navy for years to come. At the core is the Total Ship Computing Environment. It provides all shipboard computing applications, including the combat management system; command, control, communications, computers and intelligence elements; ship and machinery control systems; damage control; and support system. From networks, navigation and communications, to sensors, weapons and a high degree of automation, the DDG 1000 class features innovations from stem to stern which enhance operations onboard and deliver advanced, multi-mission capabilities.
Raytheon's onsite Shipboard Test Team continues to work in close collaboration with the Navy and the shipyard, supporting ongoing integration and testing in line with scheduled milestones and progress – for DDG 1000 and the two ships that will follow, each in varying stages of construction and integration.
On June 18, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) will be christened at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
The DDG 1000 class, the Navy's next-generation of multimission surface combatants, is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.