US Navy commissions most advanced stealth destroyer Zumwalt:
US Navy commissions most advanced stealth destroyer Zumwalt. That’s how Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command, described the Navy’s largest and most sophisticated new destroyer, which comes with a price tag of at least $4.4 billion.
“As long as our president and you the American people have an insatiable appetite for security… I have an insatiable appetite for the stuff to underwrite that security,” Harris said at the ship’s commissioning ceremony on Saturday. Ray Mabus, secretary of the navy, called the Zumwalt “a quantum leap” for Navy ships.
“It’s the first of a kind that’s leading the way for new classes of ships, new capabilities that are in ships, new systems that we can use and it just expands the things we can do and the ways we do it,” Mabus said after the ceremony.
The 610-foot-long warship is sleek, with an angular shape to minimize its radar signature. It looks like a much smaller vessel on radar. Quieter than other ships, the Zumwalt is hard to detect, track and attack. A composite deckhouse hides radar and other sensors. Its powerful new gun system can unload 600 rocket-powered projectiles on targets more than 70 miles away.