The U.S. Navy plans to christen the lead ship for a new class of guided-missile destroyers next month in Maine.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place Oct. 19 at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath.
The stealthy, fuel-efficient, 610-foot-long ship is one of three DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers that General Dynamics is building for the Navy. The new vessels will be armed with missiles, torpedoes, guns and helicopters and carry a crew of 148.
General Dynamics is scheduled to deliver the first ship to the Navy in the fall of 2014. Other key contractors include BAE Systems, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Raytheon.
The class is named after former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt Jr. The Navy once hoped to buy 32 DDG-1000s but slashed the planned buy due to cost overruns, and will instead expand its fleet of DDG-51 destroyers.
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