Category: Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr.

Zumwalt Crew Returning Honor for Namesake’s Long time Aide-de-Camp

Before USS Zumwalt’s commissioning, Peter Spiro, son of retired Col. Michael Spiro, delivered an urn containing his father’s ashes aboard DDG-1000, Oct. 14.

Col. Spiro, who was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, escorted Zumwalt’s remains home following his death Jan. 2, 2000. Following the ship’s commissioning, Zumwalt’s crew will return the honor and commit Spiro’s remains to sea during its transit to its homeport of San Diego, California.

U.S. Navy photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Peter Spiro, son of retired Col. Michael Spiro, delivers an urn containing his fatherÕs ashes aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Peter Spiro, son of retired Col. Michael Spiro, delivers an urn containing his fatherÕs ashes aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Peter Spiro, son of retired Col. Michael Spiro, delivers an urn containing his fatherÕs ashes aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Peter Spiro, son of retired Col. Michael Spiro, delivers an urn containing his fatherÕs ashes aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Peter Spiro, son of retired Col. Michael Spiro, delivers an urn containing his fatherÕs ashes aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

Capt. Scott Tait, executive officer, Petty Officer 1st Class Clair Dabrowski, and Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pause transport the urn of retired Col. Michael Spiro aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000).

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Capt. Scott Tait, executive officer, Petty Officer 1st Class Clair Dabrowski, and Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pause transport the urn of retired Col. Michael Spiro aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Capt. Scott Tait, executive officer, Petty Officer 1st Class Clair Dabrowski, and Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pause transport the urn of retired Col. Michael Spiro aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2016) Capt. Scott Tait, executive officer, Petty Officer 1st Class Clair Dabrowski, and Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pause transport the urn of retired Col. Michael Spiro aboard future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000). Col. Spiro was the long time aide-de-camp of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the ship namesake. Zumwalt, the lead ship of a class of next-generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea, will be commissioned Oct. 15 in Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell/Released)

Five Things to Know about USS Zumwalt and its Namesake

“DDG-1000 is one of the most innovative and technologically-advanced ships our Navy has built and it is this spirit of innovation, this commitment to forward thinking and the ability of our Navy and its sailors to see beyond the horizon that we honor as we commission the USS Zumwalt. Just as DDG-1000 is the first of its class, so too was Adm. Elmo Zumwalt.”
– Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

Learn more about the innovator and the innovative ship named in his honor with these five things to know about each of them.

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)


Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr.