Bath Iron Works recently christened the first of the US Navy's next-generation Zumwalt-class destroyers, breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the ship's bow at its Bath, Maine, shipyard.
The DDG 1000 has some seriously mind-blowing capabilities. But the next two ships in its class may have weaponry so futuristic it'll almost double as sci-fi.
/ Photo: Courtesy: Raytheon Company
You are not ready for the Zumwalts
The DDG 1000
Bigger on the inside?
More than just a box
No explosives necessary
The next generation
LBJ returns from the grave
First, the basics on the DDG 1000, the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers: 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.
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.
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.
This may look like any other gray box, but the ship's Electronic Modular Enclosures are actually pretty impressive, packing hundreds of computing cabinets into one pre-assembled, ready-to-install unit.
The namesake for the ship: the late Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Jr., who, in 1970, at age 49, became the youngest man to serve as the US Navy's top-ranking officer. He was also seen as a champion for an equal-opportunity Navy.
The ship also has state-of-the-art tech for detecting underwater threats: The Integrated Undersea Warfare Sonar. It consists of two arrays (high and medium frequencies) in one automated, hull-mounted system.