SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Unusual sighting alert: A U.S. Navy ship was spotted Friday morning sailing into the Bay Area.
The ship is called the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001). The ship is the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer, and is named for a Navy SEAL, according to the U.S. Navy.
While normally at its San Diego homeport, the destroyer is visiting Bay waters this week in celebration of Fleet Week — which begins on Monday. A Navy spokesman told Bay City News that the Monsoor will anchor near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge overnight.
Fleet Week will be virtual this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns. People will be able to get a virtual tour of the ships instead. This particular ship will be leaving the Bay Area on Saturday morning.
“Zumwalt-class destroyers maximize stealth, size, power and computing capacity –fielding an array of weapons systems and cutting-edge technologies to fight forces in the air, on and under the sea, and on land,” the Navy says.
Monsoor was a southern California man who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor because of his work during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed during the operation on Sept. 29, 2006.