BATH, ME – The U.S. Navy’s newest guided-missile destroyer, the Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) was christened at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Saturday, 18 June. The ship is named for US Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Monsoor, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and killed in 2006 while operating in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
The christening ceremony included featured speeches by Under Secretary of the Navy Janine Davidson, and retired Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, president and chief executive officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The ship’s sponsor and Michael Monsoor’s mother, Sally Monsoor, officially christened the ship by breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s bow.
“DDG-1001 is an extremely capable and versatile ship with an incredible namesake,” Davidson said at the ceremony. “I have every confidence that the ship and crew will both live up to and honor Petty Officer Monsoor’s legacy as the ship’s motto implies: You Never Quit.”
Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, said “We all understand the importance of what we do; building ships that will protect our sailors and marines, providing them the best possible tools to do their jobs safely. We are proud to build ships that serve our nation and honor the sacrifices of American heroes like Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor.”
The keel for Michael Monsoor, the second ship in the Zumwalt class, was laid on May 23, 2013.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting Anti-Air Warfare, Anti-Submarine Warfare, and Anti-Surface Warfare. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.
The first ship of its class, the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) was christened in April 2014. Construction of the Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002), the third destroyer in the program, is presently under construction.