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Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: DP
Date: December 07, 2015 10:28AM
The largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy headed out to sea for the first time Monday, departing from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works and carefully navigating the winding Kennebec River before reaching the open ocean where the ship will undergo sea trials.

More than 200 shipbuilders, sailors and residents gathered to watch as the futuristic 600-foot, 15,000-ton USS Zumwalt glided past Fort Popham, accompanied by tugboats.




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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 07, 2015 10:33AM
Yep. Looks a lot like the ironclad Merrimack.

One fugly ship, IMHO. Then again, it's functional. Brutally functional.
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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: robfilms
Date: December 07, 2015 10:37AM
steamlined for energy efficiency?

ymmv

be well.

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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 07, 2015 10:48AM
I should point out the Commanding Officer of this new vessel.
Captain James Kirk, United States Navy.


Yes. Really. And don't think that last time the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN-65) needed a commanding officer that SOMEONE didn't look at the list of officers up for command and dwell a moment on his name before moving on to more qualified candidates.



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: December 07, 2015 10:55AM
I hope it functions better than it looks at $4.4 billion.



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: December 07, 2015 10:59AM
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robfilms
steamlined for energy efficiency?

ymmv

be well.

rob

Stealth actually
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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: billb
Date: December 07, 2015 11:07AM
the stealth tech makes for a unique x-band radar target



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 07, 2015 11:20AM
Hows the weather?







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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: December 07, 2015 11:23AM
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I hope it functions better than it looks at $4.4 billion.
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that's a lot of $$ for 600ft of sub-bait wall smiley
Original contract cost was $1.4B...
I can hear the Chinese & Russians having a good laugh.



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Forrest
Date: December 07, 2015 11:34AM
Ohio class subs are 560 feet long and 16499 tons surfaced and 18450 tons submerged. The USS Zumwalt has a profile that looks more like a sub than a surface ship.
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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 07, 2015 12:05PM
If its that big, why call it a destroyer? Why not a light cruiser or a frigate?
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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 07, 2015 12:49PM
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Racer X
If its that big, why call it a destroyer? Why not a light cruiser or a frigate?

The mission defines the type, not the other way around. But yeah, big sucker!



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 07, 2015 12:50PM
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MrNoBody
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Grateful11
I hope it functions better than it looks at $4.4 billion.
Powered by Rolls-Royce turbines!

that's a lot of $$ for 600ft of sub-bait wall smiley
Original contract cost was $1.4B...
I can hear the Chinese & Russians having a good laugh.

It's a lot of money, but when you've never built one before, the first one costs more than the second, etc.



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: December 07, 2015 02:17PM
More here:

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: bruceko
Date: December 07, 2015 03:07PM
Kind of reminds me of the Yacht A
Russian Mega Yacht A
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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: pqrst
Date: December 07, 2015 03:49PM
It is kind of amazing that the cost of the program has ended with them only making/going to make three. Undoubtablely the technology will live on, but making only three feels weird. It certainly makes sending the ship into harm's way a much more complicated calculus then if you had ten or twenty of them.



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 07, 2015 04:27PM
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pqrst
It is kind of amazing that the cost of the program has ended with them only making/going to make three. Undoubtablely the technology will live on, but making only three feels weird. It certainly makes sending the ship into harm's way a much more complicated calculus then if you had ten or twenty of them.

Similar to the Seawolf class submarines.. Innovative, first of many technologies, and they only built 3 instead of the 29 they planned. Then they used the knowledge gained to build the Virginia class submarines.



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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 07, 2015 05:52PM
futuristic

That bit cracked me up.

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Re: Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 07, 2015 09:29PM
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Paul F.
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pqrst
It is kind of amazing that the cost of the program has ended with them only making/going to make three. Undoubtablely the technology will live on, but making only three feels weird. It certainly makes sending the ship into harm's way a much more complicated calculus then if you had ten or twenty of them.

Similar to the Seawolf class submarines.. Innovative, first of many technologies, and they only built 3 instead of the 29 they planned. Then they used the knowledge gained to build the Virginia class submarines.

Well, having been involved with DoD development programs, frequently stuff is obsolete before it is delivered. By the time the last of an item is delivered, the first ones need to be upgraded, overhauled or replaced.

The F-22 was obsolete (from a technology standpoint) before it was flying. But, at the same time, B-52s and A-10s are still doing the jobs they were designed to.
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