Delays in the first two Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyers are part of the reason that construction on DDG-51s is lagging behind schedule:
Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons — including the size of the yard, the composition of the workforce at BIW and continued setbacks in the delivery of the first two next-generation Zumwalts — production of the future Burkes Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) and Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) have been delayed by several months.
USNI News understands the delivery schedule of Peralta has been pushed back seven months, while Hudner has been delayed five.
It’s unclear exactly how much the $22.1 billion Zumwalt program production is responsible for the delays in building the two Arleigh Burke ships, but several sources pointed to an electrician shortage on the yard as a major bottleneck. The three Zumwalts are being built with a revolutionary new integrated power system (IPS) for which the Navy is undertaking a rigorous testing program alongside its installation.
The Zumwalt is about 96% complete. The Navy plans for the it to reach initial operating capability (IOC) in 2016. The second ship, the USS Michael Monsoor, is to reach IOC in 2018, and the third ship, the USS Lyndon B Johnson, is to reach IOC in 2021.
The Peralta is the first of the “restart” Burkes to be built by BIW. The first “restart” DDG-51 to join the fleet will be the USS John Finn (DDG-113) built by Ingalls in Mississippi.