WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy took delivery of its first stealth destroyer and a new Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer last week.


DDG-1000, the Zumwalt, is the first of a three-ship class of stealth destroyers delivered to the Navy nearly four years after it was commissioned.


The ship was delivered in two parts: the hull (mechanical and electrical delivery took place in May 2016) and the combat systems (which took place April 24, 2020).


Congress mandated in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that the ship not be counted in the battle force until combat systems delivery was compete.