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USS Zumwalt DD-1000

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USS Zumwalt, DD-1000

 

BATH, Maine — The largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy headed out to sea for the first time Monday, departing from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works and carefully navigating the winding Kennebec River before reaching the open ocean where the ship will undergo sea trials.

 

More than 200 shipbuilders, sailors and residents gathered to watch as the futuristic 600-foot, 15,000-ton USS Zumwalt glided past Fort Popham, accompanied by tugboats.

 

Kelley Campana, a Bath Iron Works employee, said she had goose bumps and tears in her eyes. "This is pretty exciting. It's a great day to be a shipbuilder and to be an American," she said. "It's the first in its class. There's never been anything like it. It looks like the future."

 

Larry Harris, a retired Raytheon employee who worked on the ship, watched it depart from Bath. "It's as cool as can be. It's nice to see it underway," he said. "Hopefully, it will perform as advertised."

 

Bath Iron Works will be testing the ship's performance and making tweaks this winter. The goal is to deliver it to the Navy sometime next year.

 

"We are absolutely fired up to see Zumwalt get underway. For the crew and all those involved in designing, building, and readying this fantastic ship, this is a huge milestone," the ship's skipper, Navy Capt. James Kirk, said before the ship departed.

 

The ship has electric propulsion, new radar and sonar, powerful missiles and guns, and a stealthy design to reduce its radar signature. Advanced automation will allow the warship to operate with a much smaller crew size than current destroyers.

 

All of that innovation has led to construction delays and a growing price tag. The Zumwalt, the first of three ships in the class, will cost at least $4.4 billion. The ship looks like nothing ever built at Bath Iron Works.

 

The inverse bow juts forward to slice through the waves. Sharp angles deflect enemy radar signals. Radar and antennas are hidden in a composite deckhouse.

 

The builder sea trials will answer any questions of seaworthiness for a ship that utilizes a type of hull associated with pre-dreadnought battleships from a century ago.

 

Critics say the "tumblehome" hull's sloping shape makes it less stable than conventional hulls, but it contributes to the ship's stealth and the Navy is confident in the design.

 

Eric Wertheim, author and editor of the U.S. Naval Institute's Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, said there's no question the integration of so many new systems from the electric drive to the tumblehome hull carries some level of risk.

 

Operational concerns, growing costs and fleet makeup led the Navy to truncate the 32-ship program to three ships, he said. With only three ships, the class of destroyers could become something of a technology demonstration project, he said.

 

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS:

 

Displacement: 14,564 long tons (14,798 t)

Length: 600 ft (180 m)

Beam: 80.7 ft (24.6 m)

Draft: 27.6 ft (8.4 m)

Propulsion: Two Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbines driving Curtiss-Wright generators and emergency diesel generators, 78 MW (105,000 shp); two propellers driven by electric motors

Speed: Over 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)

Weapons:

20 × MK 57 VLS modules, with a total of 80 launch cells

RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), four per cell

Tactical Tomahawk, one per cell

Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC), one per cell

Two × 155 mm/62 caliber Advanced Gun System

920 × 155 mm rounds total; 600 in automated store with Auxiliary store room with up to 320 rounds (non-automatic) as of April 2005

70–100 LRLAP rounds planned as of 2005 of total

Two × Mk 110 57 mm gun (CIGS)

Looks like the future of naval warfare will be even more adventurous and deadly. Thankfully, we'll never see this ship in-game! :trollface:

 

For a more in-depth story with a lot more pictures you can view it at dailymail website. I cannot link it because for some reason it is not allowed.

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. Thankfully, we'll never see this ship in-game! :trollface:

 

 

 

I wouldn't bet on that.  Considering how much power creep World of Tanks has endured, I wouldn't be surprised to see this in-game in about 2-3 years' time....

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The most interesting part was the Skipper's name- James Kirk.

 

A stealth ship. Even it's anchor is hidden away.

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Hmmmm.... its kind of wierd for a Ship.... not to look like one.... well..... 

 

Thats what most soldiers kinda said Bout the M16 during the vietnam war.... but our generation is used to the look.

 

So i guess in the future... most ships will look like this?

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I read this article when it came out. Interesting to say the least at how they think naval warfare is progressing. Nations investing in more standard vessels or surplus from elsewhere. 

 

Hopefully we would see/hear how this ship goes on naval games but I'm sure that would be confidential

 

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Hmmmm.... its kind of wierd for a Ship.... not to look like one.... well..... 

 

Thats what most soldiers kinda said Bout the M16 during the vietnam war.... but our generation is used to the look.

 

So i guess in the future... most ships will look like this?

 

With the advances in jamming technology and countermeasures, I wonder if missiles will become obsolete in the future? Move to railguns and good old long range gunnery?

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Still gets lolpenned by Yamato. The detection range must be worse than Pensacola too so expect cits and maybe some free flags (if you know what I mean)

 

Yamato would get rekt first before even close enough to engage (if you know what i mean)
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does she carry railguns? or was that plan cancelled ?

 

 

Railguns are still very much in the experimental stages of development, but that is an eventual plan. In the meantime it will have 155mm guns.

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Railguns are still very much in the experimental stages of development, but that is an eventual plan. In the meantime it will have 155mm guns.

 

I have heard the rumor 6 inch gun take high cost for producing 

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