Navy's next-gen combat ship set to sail (pictures)
The US Navy christens the first of three cutting-edge Zumwalt-class destroyers
Christening the Zumwalt
Bath Iron Works christened the first of the Navy’s next-generation Zumwalt-class destroyers over the weekend, breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow at its Bath, Maine, shipyard.
The first in a class of three next-generation US Navy vessels, the DDG 1000 will take to the seas in 2014 with advanced capabilities.
The 610-foot-long ship comes equipped with new technologies including radar reflecting angles, a striking inward-sloping tumblehome hull, an all-electric integrated power system, and an advanced gun system.
The ship's co-sponsors, Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, daughters of the ship's namesake, former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow this past Saturday at the shipyard.
Sleek and quiet, the design minimizes its radar signature, making it appear smaller than its actual size. The Total Ship Computing Environment has a simple, "sailor-centric" interface, says the Navy, allowing for a high degree of automation and a more effective and efficient combat experience.
Raytheon-built technologies and equipment integrated into the ship include the encrypted network Total Ship Computing Environment,heavy-duty Electronic Modular Enclosureelectronics units, the Integrated Undersea Warfare System -- two hull-mounted sonar arrays, and the MK57 Vertical Launching System -- a state-of-the-art weapon launcher designed to fire missiles for sea, land, and air attacks.
This exterior shot gives a good perspective on the sleek tumblehome design. Meanwhile, on the inside: The cutting-edge operating system developed by Raytheon is the first large-scale implementation of the US Navy's open-architecture strategy, designed to bind all Zumwalt onboard systems together.