U.S. Navy’s stealth destroyer left San Diego for its first “operational underway”
The U.S. Navy’s most expensive destroyer ever left San Diego on Friday for its first “operational underway”, according to Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Natalie M. Byers.
According to a statement released by the U.S. Navy, the Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), costing upward of $4.4 billion, departed San Diego as part of an operational underway on 8 March.
“The milestone demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to advancing the lethality of its surface combatants by integrating cutting-edge technologies in Zumwalt’s combat systems, weapons, and engineering plants,” said in a statement.
Zumwalt-class destroyers are the most lethal and sophisticated destroyers ever built. They provide deterrence and forward presence by bridging today’s innovation with future technology.
DDG 1000 has a ‘tumblehome’ hull form, a design in which hull slopes inward from above the waterline. This significantly reduces the radar cross section since such a slope returns a much less defined radar image rather than a more hard-angled hull form.
The design also allows for optimal manning with a standard crew size of 175 sailors, with an air detachment of 28 thereby decreasing lifecycle operations and support costs.
Zumwalt-class destroyers maximize stealth, size, power and computing capacity –fielding an array of weapons systems and cutting-edge technologies to fight forces in the air, on and under the sea, and on land.
Each ship features a battery of two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) firing Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing a three-fold range improvement in naval surface fires coverage.