The Navy Commissions Its Super Stealthy $4.4 Billion Destroyer
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The Navy Commissions Its Super Stealthy $4.4 Billion Destroyer

The futuristic stealth destroyer that the Navy commissioned last weekend is packed to the gills with firepower.

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The USS Zumwalt has a gun system that can unleash 600 projectiles at targets 70 miles away and has the ability to launch cruise missiles, surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rockets, according to Navy Times.

Built at a cost of at least $4.4 billion, the ship has dramatic, angular lines designed to cut quietly through the seas, making it tougher to detect, track and attack, NavyTimes says.

The warship, at over 600 feet long the largest destroyer ever built, can be operated by about half as many officers and sailors as other destroyers. It generates 78 megawatts of power, enough to keep the lights on in a medium-to-small city, according to the Navy.

The size of the ship allows for a flight deck that can accommodate F-35 fighters and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

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The Zumwalt is named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, a much decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served as Chief of Naval Operations under President Richard Nixon.

The ship was built by General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.