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Old 10-27-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

The Zumwalt was commissioned at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Saturday, October 15th. It was one event among many during Fleet Week including a blue Angels show on both Saturday and Sunday. We took a slip at Henderson's Wharf at Fell's Point for Saturday and Sunday night. We departed at 7:00am on Monday morning for the 5-hour return trip to our berth in Galesville, MD. Not long after clearing the Francis Scott Key Bridge we heard the Zumwalt announce on VHF Channel 16 that she was dropping lines for departure.

We were pretty much certain that she would catch us before we reached the Chesapeake bay Bridge and, sure enough, she did. The marked channel approaching the bridge narrows substantially. We observed her approach first through binoculars. She was a magnificent sight with the early in the morning sun glinting off one her angular surfaces. At the point that she caught us she was just 200 yards off our port beam. What a thrill!

Knowing that the Coast Guard would be on guard, we had idled back and put our boat on autopilot just outside of the channel (50 feet of water). Sure enough, with three helicopters buzzing about on overwatch, a Coast Guard rib came alongside. The rib paced us for a few minutes before asking what is our maximum speed. We believe that the Coasties were checking out our boat name in their data base and running a check on the captain's name (I). When we responded that our max speed is 8 knots they immediately sped off. At that point, even if we had turned 90 degrees and headed toward the Zumwalt, we could not have been any threat to her.

Attached are some of the pictures that we took as our baot idled along and we waved to the Coasties. They waved back and smiled but were all business. That machine gun on their bow said all that needed to be said.
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:54 AM   #2
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There are so much controversy about his hull and how's gonna work under bad weather..
Let's see how's going on sea trial...
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:59 AM   #3
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It bears a very slight resemblance to the ironclad Merrimack.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:27 AM   #4
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Should be a sight to see when she enters her home port here in San Diego.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:50 AM   #5
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Thanks for the cool photos. The Zumwalt passed through Jacksonville (Naval Station Mayport) this week, en route to San Diego. What a fascinating ship, with extraordinary capabilities. So far just three are planned for her class. Here's hoping the next two pass through here as well.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:21 PM   #6
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Great photos - thanks!

That has to be an extreme example of form following function!
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Just give it time. Something will go wrong / break. Hope we never have to use her in real combat.
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:13 PM   #9
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And there we have it. LOL

By: Sam LaGrone
November 22, 2016 8:18 AM • Updated: November 22, 2016 10:53 AM

This post has been updated with additional information on Zumwalt’s casualty and repair schedule.

USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is pier side following an engineering casualty the ship suffered transiting the Panama Canal, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Monday.

The guided missile destroyer will undergo repairs at a former U.S. naval station until its fit to complete its journey to Naval Station San Diego, Calif., U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Ryan Perry told USNI News.

The ship was in the midst of a southbound transit through the canal when it suffered the casualty, Under orders from U.S. 3rd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, Zumwalt is now stopped for repairs at the former U.S. Naval Station Rodman, he said.

Source links and full story.

https://news.usni.org/2016/11/22/uss...delined-panama

USS Zumwalt Breaks Down in Panama Canal – gCaptain
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New and complex technology takes some time to sort out. Interestingly enough it appears that some good old low tech equipment (oil coolers) failed. The navy guy in me finds this ship fascinating! I hope to see it in San Diego in April.
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New and complex technology takes some time to sort out. Interestingly enough it appears that some good old low tech equipment (oil coolers) failed. The navy guy in me finds this ship fascinating! I hope to see it in San Diego in April.
I agree, I am sure she will make it.
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:48 PM   #12
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She passed offshore Ft Lauderdale during the boat show and I saw her out there and for the life of me I could not figure out what I was looking at. There are always a handful + ships anchored off Ft Lauderdale, and I had seen pictures of Zoomer but I thought I was looking at an island or something, was weird. I was in a rental car or I would have had my bino's handy. Glad I stared and pondered as the next day the newspaper had a story about her and I put 2 and 2 together

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She passed offshore Ft Lauderdale during the boat show and I saw her out there and for the life of me I could not figure out what I was looking at. There are always a handful + ships anchored off Ft Lauderdale, and I had seen pictures of Zoomer but I thought I was looking at an island or something, was weird. I was in a rental car or I would have had my bino's handy. Glad I stared and pondered as the next day the newspaper had a story about her and I put 2 and 2 together

She casts a very unique profile, doesn't she? I can see how it would be confusing without binocs.
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I saw her (him?) in Norfolk; oddly my radar did not.
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Nuttin' odd about dat!
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Unfortunately her 70 mile range 155 MM Guns fire a guided round that has a price tag of..................
$800,000.00 EACH
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It has broken down in Panama

Unfortunately it doesn't run. It has broken down in Panama:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...n-panama-canal

Good to see our tax dollars put to use on expensive toys.
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She passed offshore Ft Lauderdale during the boat show and I saw her out there and for the life of me I could not figure out what I was looking at. There are always a handful + ships anchored off Ft Lauderdale, and I had seen pictures of Zoomer but I thought I was looking at an island or something, was weird. I was in a rental car or I would have had my bino's handy. Glad I stared and pondered as the next day the newspaper had a story about her and I put 2 and 2 together

I saw too
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SteveD at least we got the toy. The IRS paid out 5.2 billion to fraudulant tax return filiers recently!
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Unfortunately her 70 mile range 155 MM Guns fire a guided round that has a price tag of..................
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Maybe cheaper on Black Friday? A monument to human folly and failure, an insult to the poor.
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