Navy Launches New Stealth Destroyer

The Navy’s newest warship slipped out of dry dock this week into the waters of Maine, marking a new era for war fighting at sea.

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The Zumwalt will be equipped with a new missile launching system capable of firing 80 missiles, including Tomahawk cruise missiles and Seasparrow surface to air missiles. (Credit: US Navy)

The USS Zumwalt, the first of the DDG-1000 class of destroyers, is longer, faster and carries state-of-the-art weapons that will allow it to destroy targets at more than 60 miles, according to the Navy.

At 610 feet long and 81 feet wide, the Zumwalt is longer and thinner than the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor. But it weighs about half as much.

Much of the ship’s superstructure is wrapped in a huge, canopy made of lightweight carbon fiber composite.  The canopy and the rest of the ship is built on angles that help make it 50 times harder to spot on radar than an ordinary destroyer.

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