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William Shatner USS Zumwalt: Shatner writes letter to the real-life Captain Kirk

William Shatner
William Shatner
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William Shatner gained worldwide fame for his role as Captain Kirk in the series "Star Trek." Now, he is back in the spotlight for a letter he wrote to the USS Zumwalt crew. Surely many Trekkies have cracked a smile at the fact that the commander of the largest and most technologically-advanced destroyer in the U.S. Navy is named nothing else than....Captain James Kirk. As Business Insider wrote on Saturday, "and while he's obviously of no relation to the Capt. Kirk played by William Shatner in "Star Trek," many have had fun with that coincidence."

Shatner, who is busy promoting his upcoming movie "Shatner’s World," wrote a thoughtful letter to Captain James Kirk and the USS Zumwalt crew members shortly before the ship's christening this past weekend.

The letter read: "Unfortunately I can't be with you when your vessel is commissioned and obviously your captain, Captain Kirk, is dear to my heart. So forgive me for not attending, my schedule won't allow me, but know that you are in our thoughts — Mr. & Mrs. Shatner — and that we bless you and hope that you have a safe journey wherever your ship takes you."

Although the USS Zumwalt doesn't bear the name "Enterprise," the destroyer is undoubtedly a futuristic ship. Traveler's Today reported Sunday that USS Zumwalt uses highly advanced technology with features such as an angular shape, hidden radar and sensors, which will allow it to be confused for a small fishing boat on enemy radars, according to The Independent.

Built by Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine, the USS Zumwalt boasts plently of superlatives. With its immense size of 185.9 meters long and 24.4 meters wide, the ship will be the largest destroyer of the U.S. Navy. The $3 billion stealth ship can move at a speed of 31 knots and it is reported to be the first US ship to use electric propulsion. Due to its unique design, its crew size can be reduced to as few as 130 sailors. It will be able to produce 78 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 78,000 homes and especially its revolutionary electromagnetic cannon.