Zumwalt Class Stealth Destroyer Hits the Water

The first-in-class Zumwalt—the largest U.S. Navy destroyer ever built—is on time and on budget. The Navy believes the Zumwalt’s big gun, stealthy silhouette and advanced features will make it a formidable package.

The christening of the ship bearing the name of the late Adm. Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt was canceled a week ago because of the federal government shutdown. Without fanfare, the big ship will be moved to dry dock and floated in the coming days.

The ship is 100 feet longer than the existing class of destroyers, featuring an unusual wave-piercing hull, electric drive propulsion, advanced sonar and guided missiles, and a new gun that fires rocket-propelled warheads as far as 100 miles. Unlike warships with towering radar- and antenna-laden superstructures, the Zumwalt will ride low to the water to minimize its radar signature, making it stealthier than others.

Read more at http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/national_world&id=9294213.

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