New Stealth Destroyer Stops in Norfolk for Testing

The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departs from Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace/Released)
The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departs from Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island following its maiden voyage from Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine. (U.S. Navy photo by Haley Nace/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. — The Navy's new stealth destroyer will spend the next several weeks at Norfolk Naval Station for testing.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the USS Zumwalt will then move on to Baltimore for its commissioning. Its homeport will be in San Diego.

The Zumwalt is the largest destroyer the Navy has ever built and has half the crew of some destroyers. The ship carries guided missiles. And its angular design makes it more difficult for enemies to track on radar.

The Zumwalt is named for former Chief of Naval Operations who advocated for technological innovation in the Navy.

Two other Zumwalt-class destroyers are under construction, the USS Michael Monsoor and USS Lyndon B. Johnson.

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