Navy’s Zumwalt back underway after Panama Canal breakdown
The largest and most expensive destroyer built for the U.S. Navy has resumed its voyage after a breakdown in the Panama Canal.
The Navy said Thursday that the USS Zumwalt departed Panama after repairs to the propulsion system by the ship’s crew and a team from General Electric and the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Lt. Julie Holland says the ship resumed its journey to its homeport Wednesday evening and will arrive in San Diego “in coming weeks.”
The 610-foot destroyer built by Maine’s Bath Iron Works was in the Panama Canal when it lost propulsion on Nov. 21. The U.S. Naval Institute says the engineering failure locked both propeller shafts, forcing it to transit the canal with the help of tugs.