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USS Zumwalt Destroyer Sails to Baltimore Ahead of Commissioning Ceremony

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ZumwaltThe USS Zumwalt guided missile destroyer has sailed from Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia in preparation for a commissioning ceremony in Baltimore, USNI News reported Friday.

The ship left earlier than scheduled in an effort to avoid Hurricane Matthew after it received repairs at the naval station, Sam LaGrone writes.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will deliver the principal address during the commissioning ceremony scheduled for Oct. 15 that will also feature ship co-sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, the report said.

The U.S. Navy will assign the ship to Naval Station San Diego in California where it will undergo a combat systems activation period prior to entering service in 2018.

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