Canadian media interview Capt. Andrew Carlson
Canadian media interview Capt. Andrew Carlson, commanding officer of the USS Zumwalt. Navy photo

The namesake of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of guided-missile destroyers made a port call in Esquimalt, British Columbia, on its first operational cruise.

“We are excited for this opportunity to visit Canada and further strengthen the close partnership between our navies and communities,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, commanding officer of the USS Zumwalt. “By working together with partners like the Royal Canadian Navy, we help ensure the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”

The visit, which began on Monday, is an opportunity for the crew to experience the hospitality of the Canadian port, as well as showcase the futuristic new destroyer.

“USS Zumwalt possesses stealth, size, power and computing capacity that provide the Navy multiple-mission ships capable of meeting today’s maritime missions as well as the ability to incorporate new technologies to counter emerging threats tomorrow,” Carlson said.

The Zumwalt is 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider than the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, providing the space required to execute a wider array of surface, undersea, and aviation missions. The Navy is building three of the new class of ships.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.