Check Out These Detailed Images Taken Aboard the Navy’s New Stealth Destroyer
The most advanced surface combatant ever built makes its first port of call.
The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is on its delivery voyage from General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, to Baltimore, where it will be commissioned into the Navy’s inventory on October 15th. After that, the Zumwalt will make the long voyage to its new homeport in San Diego.
Along the way, Zumwalt made a port call—her first ever—in Newport, Rhode Island, where some lucky folks got a tour. Photos of Zumwalt’s interior have been in limited supply, but now with the ship about to make major news, the Navy seems willing to loosen these restrictions.
Check out these photos via the AP below:
What was not pictured was Zumwalt’s cutting-edge Mission Center, which supposedly looks like something on a sci-fi starship. Also not shown are the Zumwalt’s twin 155-mm Advanced Gun Systems that are housed on the bow of the ship’s tumblehome hull.
For a destroyer, the Zumwalt is very large. 610 feet long, 80.7 feet wide and displaces a whopping 15,000 tons. As a comparison, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, the mainstay surface combatant of the US Navy, is roughly 100 feet shorter, 15 feet narrower and has a smaller displacement by about 6,000 tons.
This is one big-ass destroyer.
Once Zumwalt settles in at Naval Station San Diego, Captain James Kirk (no kidding) and his crew of about 150, roughly half that of an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, will run the highly automated ship and its brand new combat system through its paces during a long regime of exercises. If this post-delivery maintenance availability period goes as planned it will culminate with the Zumwalt being certified as operational in 2018.
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