A New Age of Naval Warfare

Yesterday, December 7, 2015… A date which will live in infamy. The United States of America has just launched a guided missile destroyer called the USS Zumwalt, in honor of the late naval officer Elmo Zumwalt, in order to test it on the open seas. The vessel, which began construction in 2008, is over 600 feet  (~180 meters) long, making it as long as the USS Arizona, yet almost half it’s weight. The ship looks almost as if it were built upside-down. This strange design is actually to give it stealth capabilities. These capabilities make the vessel much harder to spot on radar, making it seem more like a little fishing boat than a ship that is the length of two football fields coming to bombard your navy back to the stone age. The USS Zumwalt is the lead ship on the Zumwalt-Class of destroyers and costs roughly $4.3 billion to build. To put this into perspective, an Ohio-Class nuclear submarine, The United States’ largest active submarine, costs about $2 billion. As the Zumwalt leads the U.S. into a new era of naval superiority, it seems only fitting that it is being  captained by James Kirk.

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Photo by Naval Surface Warriors

 

 

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