U.S. Navy's DDG 1000 Class Destroyer Achieves Major Power System Testing Milestone

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    DDG 1000 Achieves Major Power System Testing Milestone
    UNITED STATES - 26 MAY 2011

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy successfully tested the DDG 1000's Integrated Power System (IPS) at full power at the Land Based Test Site located in Philadelphia, Pa., May 11.

    DDG 1000 will be the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to leverage this technology – an all electric architecture providing electric power generation common for propulsion and ship services. An IPS generates the total ship electric power requirements, then distributes and converts it for all ship loads, including electric propulsion, combat systems and ship services. This unique architecture provides improvements in ship survivability, design flexibility, reduced signatures, and the potential of reduced life cycle and operational costs.

    The test demonstrated full power operations, a major milestone prior to delivery to the ship. The technology tested included one of two shipboard shaft lines. This included one main and one auxiliary gas turbine generator sets, all four high voltage switchboards, two of four shipboard electrical zones of Integrated Fight Through Power (IFTP) conversion equipment, and one of the two propulsion tandem advanced induction motors with their variable control drives.

    "The Integrated Power System is a central component to the ship's design and capability," stated Capt. James Downey, the DDG 1000 program manager for Naval Sea System Command's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "The land-based test program remains an integral part of our commitment to manage cost and technical risk. This successful test validates the years of effort under the Engineering Development Model program implemented to reduce risk throughout the program."

    The test was performed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) in Philadelphia. This unique design integrates the power system with fight through power to allow for automatic reconfiguration following damage to the power distribution system. The next test, planned for early 2012, will integrate and test portions of the DDG 1000 Engineering Control System (ECS) software with IPS to verify software and hardware compatibility and interoperability.

    DDG 1000 will be a multi-mission surface combatant designed to fulfill long-range land attack requirements. Armed with an array of weapons, DDG 1000 will provide offensive, distributed and precision fires in support of forces ashore.

    The lead ship of the DDG 1000 class, the Zumwalt, is more than 40 percent complete and scheduled to deliver in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 with an initial operating capability in FY 2016.

    As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships, an affiliated PEO of the Naval Sea Systems Command, is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all major surface combatants, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.
     
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    Videos: The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is U.S. Navy's next generation, multi-mission, naval destroyer, serving as the vanguard of an entire new generation of advanced multi-mission surface combat ships.




     
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