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dwhatty 10-20-2013 05:53 PM

USS Zumwalt
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Whether or not these new DDG-1000 class ships will be effective for their intended missions, their new 155mm guns do sound impressive. (Not to mention their other modern armament).

"...capable of hitting targets up to 83 nautical miles away at 10 rounds per minute".

I used to think a WWII battleship's guns were impressive (and they were, being able to lob a much bigger diameter shell the weight of a VW Bug with great accuracy), but their range was about 20 +/- nms and I don't think that they could do more than a round or two/minute.

And the shape of the hull is certainly interesting. Eric might approve of the length to width ratio.

GFC 10-20-2013 06:22 PM

Interesting bow on that ship. The last photo in the article makes it look like the bulbous bow hangs down and in front of the keel of the ship, and then behind the bulbous bow the keel is higher than the bottom of the bulb.

"Capable of...". Does that mean it has done that in trials, or that some engineer things that maybe it can do that?

The article said the christening had been delayed, but didn't say why. I wonder if the entire ship has been put on hold as some other navy ships have had done to them.

CPseudonym 10-20-2013 06:29 PM


Originally Posted by GFC (Post 185940)
The article said the christening had been delayed, but didn't say why.

According to the article it was due to the government shutdown.

David, thanks for the link :thumb:

Odd that there is no visible anchor.

fstbttms 10-20-2013 10:52 PM


Originally Posted by CPseudonym (Post 185942)
Odd that there is no visible anchor.

My guess is that since the ship is clearly designed to be stealthy, any anchors are hidden behind sliding panels that would be opened upon dropping anchor. A big giant hunk of iron or steel hanging off either side of the bow cannot be good for reducing a radar signature.

CPseudonym 10-21-2013 05:06 PM

Common sense says that's a great guess :thumb:

Bob Cofer 10-22-2013 10:08 PM

I would consider going back in to be a plank owner on her! I got to see the swath stealth ship back in the day but never got to go on board. Sure a long ways from the old BB's!

Erik C 11-01-2013 07:13 AM

Guess who was named in command of this futuristic vessel? That's right, Captain James Kirk. :)

Captain Kirk to command new Navy destroyer

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