Navy new destroyer USS Zumwalt was finally put in the water this week. It is the first of the DDG-1000 class of destroyers to actually be revealed and it ushers in a new chapter in warships on the sea. According to a report from late Tuesday (Oct. 29), the ship is longer, faster, and carries state-of-the-art weapons that can target enemies for destruction that are more than 60 miles away.
Released out of Main, the USS Zumwalt might cause people to think about the old Ironclads that were used during the Civil War. The design is very similar, with a box like appearance and very few extraneous parts sticking out of the top or the hull. It doesn't come off as an exactly sleek design, but that is intended to help its stealth capabilities when out to sea. This also helps to keep the ship lighter, enabling it to reach speeds that past ships could only dream of hitting.
Only three ships are being built in this run, with the costs of the huge canopy made of lightweight carbon fiber composite getting quite unbearable to continue. One of the noteworthy facts about the Navy's new destroyer is that it will be able to carry and launch two Seahawk helicopters or four unmanned aerial vehicle. That's in addition to the firepower that the USS Zumwalt will already have on board, making it an unmatched weapon on the seas for the moment.
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