Christening day arrives for second Zumwalt-class destroyer

BATH, Maine (AP) — The US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer is ready for its christening.

The ship is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL from California who was awarded the Medal of Honor after his death in Iraq in 2006.

Retired Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, president of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, is scheduled to speak at the event Saturday in Bath, Maine.

The ship was built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. The Zumwalt is the first new class of warship built at the iron works in more than 25 years. It is the Navy’s largest and most technologically sophisticated class of destroyer. The Navy’s budget says the first two ships cost a total of more than $9 billion.