Second of US’s most advanced destroyer class is christened

BATH, Maine (AP) — The mother of a fallen Navy SEAL has christened the US Navy’s second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer.

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. His mother, Sally Monsoor, smashed a bottle of champagne on the ship Saturday.

About 2,000 people attended the event 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.