Navy’s $3B Stealth Warship Zumwalt Sets Sail

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The $3 billion USS Zumwalt destroyer has left port in Maine and is on its way to an upcoming commissioning ceremony in Maryland.

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy, and is the lead ship of the Zumwalt class and the first ship to be named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt.

Zumwalt has stealth capabilities with a radar cross-section similar to a fishing boat, even though the ship is 600 feet long and weighs over 14,000 tons.

The Zumwalt class was designed with multi-mission capability. Unlike previous deep-water destroyer classes, the Zumwalt class was primarily designed to support ground forces in land attacks, in addition to destroyer missions of anti-air, anti-surface and undersea warfare.

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is set to be commissioned on October 15, 2016 in Baltimore.

December 7, 2015 video: The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was underway for the first time conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean, Dec. 7. The multi-mission ship will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. (U.S. Navy video courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works/Released)

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