US Navy poised to take ownership of its largest warship


The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer.

Sailors’ uniforms and personal effects, supplies and spare parts are being moved aboard the 610-foot warship in anticipation of crew members taking on their new charge, said Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer’s skipper.

The Zumwalt is the first new class of warship built at Bath Iron Works since the Arleigh Burke slid into the Kennebec River in 1989. The shipyard is expected to turn the destroyer over to the Navy this week.

“We’ve overcome lots of obstacles to get to this point,” said electrician John Upham, of Litchfield. “I think everybody in the shipyard is proud of the work we’ve done.”

The ship features an angular shape that makes it 50 times more difficult to detect on radar; it’s powered by electricity produced by turbines similar to those in a Boeing 777; new guns are designed to pummel targets from nearly 100 miles away. Advanced automation will allow the big ship to operate with a much smaller crew than on current generation of destroyers.

The final cost of the Zumwalt is expected to be at least $4.4 billion.

The original concept for the land-attack destroyer was floated more than 15 years ago then underwent several permutations. The final design called for a destroyer with a stealthy shape and advanced gun system that can fire rocket-propelled projectiles with pinpoint accuracy.

But the growing cost forced the Navy to reduce what was originally envisioned as a 32-ship program to just three ships. The loss of economies of scale drove up the cost of the individual ships.

The slow-going and rising costs were little surprise after the General Accounting Office warned that the Navy was trying to incorporate too many new technologies into the ship.

“Zumwalt was a challenge to assemble because of all the new technologies, but sea trials show it is a world-class warship with unique capabilities,” said Loren Thompson, senior defense analyst with the Virginia-based Lexington Institute.

Some of the ship’s 143 crew members have been in Bath for more than two years to prepare for the day they take control of it. The sailors will continue training to prepare the ship to be formally commissioned into service as USS Zumwalt at a ceremony in October in Baltimore, Kirk said. From there, the ship will travel to its homeport in San Diego for further tests and trials.

Shipbuilders in Bath are busy on the second ship in the class, the Michael Monsoor, which will be christened next month. Work also is underway on the third and final ship, the Lyndon B. Johnson.

Jay Wadleigh, president of the largest union at the shipyard, said Bath Iron Works was selected for the job because the Navy knew it would be done right.

“I think the way the Zumwalt performed on the three different sea trials was better than anybody expected — us, the Navy and the company,” he said.


so glad we live in a time of peace..

zumwalt..strange name..strange looking ship..i bet it kills humans very effectively..


~ by seeker401 on May 23, 2016.

13 Responses to “US Navy poised to take ownership of its largest warship”

  1. Hello Seeker.

    “…Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer’s skipper.”

    Is his middle initial T, for Tiberius, as well? And is this weird looking ship going to go where no ship has gone before? I know that America’s war culture loves fiction (to hide the fact that they’ve usually only fought opponents either smaller than themselves or already on the way out), but this is silly.

    All the best, as always.

    Andrew Farquharson.

  2. Goliath was taken out with a small stone. History tells us that even seemingly impregnable weapons can be taken out by little things.

    The Bismark battleship was disabled by a biplane – a fairy swordfish .

    Plus a new weapon can appear making the the super weapon obsolete .
    Complexity of electronics is another Achilles heel .

  3. Elmo R. Zumwalt 3d, 42, Is Dead; Father Ordered Agent Orange Use
    Published: August 14, 1988

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 13— Elmo R. Zumwalt 3d, son of the admiral who ordered the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam, and who was exposed to the defoliant himself, died of cancer today at his home. He was 42 years old.

    The younger Mr. Zumwalt, a lawyer, said he never blamed his father for his disease. The two co-wrote a book titled ”My Father, My Son,” published by Macmillan Publishing Company in 1986. It was made into a television movie with the same title.

    Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. commanded naval forces in Vietnam from 1968-70, then served as Chief of Naval Operations until 1974, when he retired from active duty. His son served in Vietnam from June 1969 to August 1970 as a lieutenant junior grade commanding a patrol boat. Cancers and Child’s Dysfunction

    The younger Mr. Zumwalt’s son, Elmo Russell Zumwalt 4th, who is 11 years old, suffers from a congenital dysfunction that confuses his physical senses. ‘Love and Admiration for Dad’

    In an article published in The New York Times Magazine on Aug. 24, 1986, the younger Mr. Zumwalt said: ”I am a lawyer and I don’t think I could prove in court, by the weight of the existing scientific evidence, that Agent Orange is the cause of all the medical problems – nervous disorders, cancer and skin problems – reported by Vietnam veterans, or of their children’s severe birth defects. But I am convinced that it is.

    ”I realize that what I am saying may imply that my father is responsible for my illness and Russell’s disability,” he continued. ”I have the greatest love and admiration for Dad as a man, and the deepest respect for him as a military leader. I do not doubt for a minute that the saving of American lives was always his first priority. Certainly thousands, perhaps even myself, are alive today because of his decision to use Agent Orange.”

    wow kinda follows up with Obama’s trip to Vietnam – This ship is named for Elmo Zumwalt!

    • thats the history i was looking for..

    • But how did agent orange save anyone – look at the photographs of the birth defects still happening in vietnam , cambodia etc
      What American life did vietnam threaten ? It was all concocted by the CIA .

      Massive destruction from a distance has always been america’s way.

      Monsanto’s round up is a similar chemical and the new herbicide is even more like agent orange so eat your corn and soya and get what the Vietnamese have .

  4. America’s Newest Destroyer Is Already Outdated

    from 2014

    To be effective, Zumwalt destroyers require command of the sea, which the US can no longer take for granted.

    Hie thee hence, sea fighters, to peruse Information Dissemination‘s take on the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer. Pseudo-pseudonymous pundit “Lazarus” gives a nifty profile of the newfangled vessel. That’s worth your time in itself. Though not in so many words, moreover, he depicts the attention-grabbing DDG-1000 stories of recent weeks and months as a red herring. Sure, Zumwalt features a “tumblehome” hull that makes the ship look like the second coming of USS Monitor. (This is not a compliment.) The hull tapers where it should flare and flares where it should taper. Zounds!
    In short, DDG-1000 appears to be a man-of-war built for the halycon 1990s, when no one contested American command of the commons. The good news is that, with only three ships of the class forthcoming, the navy can treat Zumwalt as a fleet experiment, learning what works in her design and what doesn’t, trying out various tactics, and feeding that insight into future ship classes. In the meantime, upgrading the main guns for action against enemy surface ships is a must, as is hastening the development and deployment of new anti-ship cruise missiles. These are defects we already know about and must act on. If DDG-1000 is a surface-combat platform, let’s equip her to do more than fire into a continent.

    • IT looks unstable eg if a large wave hits side on but I suppose there are no entry points for seawater .

  5. Any vets here?

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