USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) steams through San Diego Bay, Dec. 8. (U.S. Navy/PO2 Zachary Bell)

SAN DIEGO - The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced surface combatant, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in its new homeport of San Diego, Dec. 8.

The guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt, commanded by Capt. James A. Kirk, is the lead ship of a class of next-generation multimission destroyers, features a state-of-the-art electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available.

The Zumwalt-class destroyer will be capable of performing a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions while allowing the Navy to evolve with new systems and missions. It does all of this while maintaining its stealth - making this visually imposing ship difficult to find whether close to the shore or far out to sea.

"The only thing more impressive than the capabilities of the ship are the capabilities of its fine crew," Kirk said.

The ship includes new technologies that deliver capability now and serve as a springboard for incorporation into future ship classes. DDG 1000 is the first U.S. Navy surface combatant to employ an innovative and highly survivable Integrated Power System, which will provide power to propulsion, ship's service, and combat system loads from the same generators. DDG 1000's power allocation flexibility allows for potentially significant energy savings and is well-suited to enable future high-energy weapons and sensors.

"USS Zumwalt joins the Fleet as the Navy's newest, most technologically advanced guided-missile destroyer," said Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces. "The ship's stealth, size, power and computing capacity will enable it to conduct multiple missions today, but this innovative ship is also designed to rapidly integrate new technologies to counter the emerging threats of tomorrow."

Now in San Diego, Zumwalt will begin installation of her combat systems, testing and evaluation, and operational integration with the fleet.