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Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy
Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016

Posted on 09/07/2016 8:18:01 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Edited on 09/07/2016 9:32:11 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The largest and most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy once headed to sea in a snowstorm during builder trials. Now, it's heading into the remnants of a tropical storm as it leaves Maine for good.

The skipper is watching the weather as the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer prepares to depart from Bath Iron Works on Wednesday en route to its commissioning in Baltimore, and then to its homeport in San Diego.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; ddg1000; pos; usn; usnavy; usszumwalt; warship; wasteofmoney
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1 posted on 09/07/2016 8:18:02 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Captain James Kirk! Love it.


2 posted on 09/07/2016 8:23:29 AM PDT by Zarro (Tune OUT the MSM. The enemy of our republic.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Captain James Kirk?


3 posted on 09/07/2016 8:24:07 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Zarro

Is it on it’s 5 year mission ?


4 posted on 09/07/2016 8:25:17 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: sukhoi-30mki

They call it a destroyer bit it is actually significantly bigger than a Ticonderoga class cruiser.


5 posted on 09/07/2016 8:25:37 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I wonder how at 15 tonnes the ship was designated as a destroyer. The Zumwalt is 50% heavier than the Ticonderoga class cruiser.


6 posted on 09/07/2016 8:25:56 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: sukhoi-30mki
This seems to be of the early pre-WWI dreadnaughts prone to problems with respect to control in high s
seas. I'm guessing is has a similar computer controlled navigation system quaternary CC control of he ailerons on he B-2
7 posted on 09/07/2016 8:27:38 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Blue Jays

I am comforted knowing Captain James Kirk is confidently at the helm of the new ship.
As long as he is minding the USS Zumwalt and not out cavorting with attractive green aliens with funny ears.

8 posted on 09/07/2016 8:28:50 AM PDT by Blue Jays
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To: Zarro

Is the chief engineer Scotty?


9 posted on 09/07/2016 8:29:29 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Gold and Silver are real money. Everything else is a derivative)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Captain James Kirk? Shut the front door.


10 posted on 09/07/2016 8:29:37 AM PDT by CapitalistCrusader
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To: C19fan

“Battleship” is a hard sell, politically. No one builds battleships anymore!

The Zumwalt is, in fact, basically a pocket battleship. It is multi-role, but land attack is a major focus. Imagine the USS New Jersey standing offshore from Lebanon in 1983 pounding the hills around Beirut. That’s pretty much what the Zumwalt would do.

And, of course, the railgun (which I don’t think is installed yet) would add to the capability.

Destroyers are not normally for “power projection” but I think the Zumwalt is.


11 posted on 09/07/2016 8:29:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Abortion is what slavery was: immoral but not illegal. Not yet.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
U.S. Navy once headed to sea in a snowstorm during builder trials. Now, it's heading into the remnants of a tropical storm as it leaves Maine for good

Yeah, because the bad guys call a timeout for snow, and/or rain.

Neat Technology. A 10,000 ton destroyer is pretty big, though.

12 posted on 09/07/2016 8:30:54 AM PDT by wbill
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On radar it looks like a simple fishing boat. Nothing remarkable.


13 posted on 09/07/2016 8:33:52 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Abortion is what slavery was: immoral but not illegal. Not yet.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Interesting that reverse angle on the bow. Seems like it would have much less resistance, as it would cut waves in two, whereas with the conventional bow, the waves smash into the hull and deck.


14 posted on 09/07/2016 8:34:17 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (President Trump: It's all over but the counting)
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To: Blue Jays
cavorting with attractive green aliens with funny ears.

Kirk, cavorting in the new, "Askable/Tellable" Navy:

Personally, I preferred the old one:


15 posted on 09/07/2016 8:40:56 AM PDT by FredZarguna (And what Rough Beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Fifth Avenue to be born?)
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To: FredZarguna

The Jolly Green Giant’s favorite centerfold.


16 posted on 09/07/2016 9:07:13 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam. Buy ammo.")
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To: TalonDJ

Yes.

“Destroyer” is a general utility term these days meaning something like:

“Heavily armed non-aviation surface combatant of variable tonnage.”


17 posted on 09/07/2016 9:10:34 AM PDT by Captain Rhino (Determined effort today forges tomorrow)
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To: TalonDJ

The Ticonderoga class cruisers were built on the hull of Adams class destroyers and Ticonderoga was supposed to be the DDG-77 (vice CG-47). I have a booklet from pre-christening that calls it that, in fact. However congress thought it cost to much for a mere destroyer so the Navy said “Destroyer? Who said destroyer? It’s a ... a ... cruiser! yeah, that’s the ticket” and congress paid up.


18 posted on 09/07/2016 9:23:03 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (ui)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks so tall and narrow... like a good-sized wave will knock it over.


19 posted on 09/07/2016 9:26:35 AM PDT by carriage_hill ( Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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“On radar it looks like a simple fishing boat. Nothing remarkable.”

What will it look like to 7 small Iranian speed boats zipping past it at 100 yards?


20 posted on 09/07/2016 9:34:47 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (It appears as if Trump is our Yeltsin.)
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