Navy's First Zumwalt Class Destroyer

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10/29/2013 -- From Naval Sea Systems Command. BATH, Maine (NNS) -- General Dynamics Bath Iron Works successfully launched the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer Oct. 28 at their Bath, Maine shipyard. The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) will be the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack. The ship began its translation from Bath Iron Works' land-level construction facility to a floating dry dock on Friday. Once loaded into the dry dock, the dock was flooded and the ship was removed from its specially designed cradle. By late Monday, the dock had been flooded and the ship was floated off and tied to a pier on the Kennebec River. "This is the largest ship Bath Iron Works has ever constructed and the Navy's largest destroyer. The launch was unprecedented in both its size and complexity," said Capt. Jim Downey, the Zumwalt-class program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office, Ships. "Due to meticulous planning and execution, the operation went very smoothly. I'm extremely pleased with the results and applaud the combined efforts of the Navy-industry team."

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  1. _RedSix_
    _RedSix_ Nov 01, 2013

    I sure hope this ship was made in America!

  2. rover411
    rover411 Nov 04, 2013

    Littoral because the ship would snap in half in high seas. Outstanding!

  3. 31435995
    31435995 Nov 04, 2013

    Lot of money for a heat signature for a carrier

  4. neptuneone0-10
    neptuneone0-10 Nov 14, 2013

    welcome to the wonderful world of modern technology

  5. f451
    f451 Apr 16, 2014

    I'm kinda like Rover. I can't see this shipas being seaworthy in the least. Reminds me of the old Monitors from the Civil War.

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