Sunday, April 13, 2014

The U S Navy's newest ship

The USS Zumwalt DDG 1000 under construction
AP photo
  Yesterday in Bath, Maine the Navy's newest ship was commissioned, the honors done by the late Admiral Elmo Zumwalt's two daughters.  The 15,000 ton ship is the lead ship in it's class, a stealth ship that is built for both in-shore and open sea combat.  It will be armed with missiles that fly low and undetected by radar, and will receive the electro-magnetic rail gun when testing is complete.  The rail gun, which used magnets instead of explosives to fire a projectile, will be able to send the payload 100 miles at 7 times the speed of sound, and with pin point accuracy. 
  The ship is automated in such a was that only 130 crew members will man her.  An additional 28 man aviation crew will be on board with two helicopters, or one fixed wing VSTOL aircraft or UAV.
Watch this short video of her ride to the water (which took hours):

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