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USS ZUMWALT HITS THE WATER AS LARGEST US NAVY DESTROYER EVER

October 30, 2013

The Washington Times on October 29, 2013, the USS Zumwalt, a massive 610-foot modern-day destroyer with an advanced rocket system, launched into the water off a Maine dock, in a surprisingly quiet ceremony, given the vessel’s record-breaking size and unusual shape. Excerpts below:

It’s the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy, and it’s notable for its angular profile, The Daily Mail reported.

The ship has a 155 mm “Advanced Gun System,” with rocket-propelled warheads that can shoot 100 miles. And due to its high-technology component, it only requires half the normal amount of sailors to operate.

Bath Iron Works craftsmen will keep working on the ship in the water. Workers hope to christen it this spring, and send it along for some trial sea runs in the fall of 2014. It will then be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2015.

“The Zumwalt is really in a league of its own,” said defense consultant Eric Wertheim, in The Daily Mail.