A Navy new destroyer emerged this week from its Kennebec dock sans celebration this Monday evening, and as the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy and of a unique angular profile, the Zumwalt is truly a marvel. The Times Record reports this Tuesday, Oct. 29, that the destroyer is set to remain in-dock under construction for final touch-ups before its release later this year.
The Navy new destroyer was initially meant to be given an official christening with champagne earlier this 2013, but the temporary government shutdown prevented this from happening. Yet the Navy’s latest stealth ship, the Zumwalt destroyer, its size, shape, and ability make it a marvel all the same.
The Zumwalt appears unlike any other U.S. warship ever made, and its clean carbon fiber structure and angular profile are said to hide powerful radar masts and antenna beams.
“The Zumwalt is really in a league of its own,” said defense consultant Eric Wertheim, author of the “The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World.”
Its wave-piercing hull is said to provide for a much smoother ride in the Kennebec and beyond, while the Navy new destroyer will also help deflect opposing radar signals. The ship, too, is over 600 feet, floating both bigger and longer than almost all other destroyers. Although originally designed for shore bombardment and offensive procedures, it is now more of a stealth operating structure, with automaton and computer technology helping this angular new destroyer requiring less than half the sailor crew most Navy ships require.
The Zumwalt could mark the beginning of a new era of not only Navy, but possibly different ship technology here in the U.S. in the years to come, concludes the report. The size alone is said to simply be on a different scale, with an intimidation factor present.
“It’s absolutely massive. It’s higher than the tree line on the other side. It’s an absolutely huge ship — very imposing. It’s massively dominating the waterfront,” said Amy Lent, executive director of the Maine Maritime Museum.