“It’s absolutely massive. It’s higher than the tree line on the other side. It’s an absolutely huge ship – very imposing. It’s massively dominating the waterfront” said Amy Lent, executive director of the Maine Maritime Museum, describing it.
Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built for the Navy and it’s very different from other US warships. It has an angular profile and a superstructure built in carbon fiber, hiding antennas and radar masts. It was envisioned as a “stealth destroyer” because its appearance and angles deflect radar. The vessell will be stuffed with modern technologies based on computer and automation, an integrated power system and electric propulsion.
This destroyer is designed to focus on land attacks. It will require a smaller crew and will be less expensive to operate than comparable warships. It was named “Zumwalt” for the Admiral Elmo Zumwalt.