Largest destroyer ever built for US Navy heads to Atlantic for testing

The largest destroyer ever built for the US Navy cut an imposing figure as it drifted down the Kennebec River in Maine and toward the open ocean on Monday.

The USS Zumwalt, a 610-foot, 15,000-ton behemoth, will undergo sea trials before joining the US fleet some time next year.

Its pricetag of $4.4 billion (£2.9 billion) is almost as astounding as its bulk, but Navy Captain James Kirk, the ship’s skipper, said he was “fired up” for the Zumwalt to finally set off for the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Captain James Kirk?
    Kick ass!

  • Maggat

    Interesting,,,,,but ,where in the hell are all the bloody cannons?

    • lolwut?

      Hidden supposedly, it uses guided projectiles

      This is the first hit I got for information

    • Jaedo Drax

      It’s the 2 weird ass looking turrets in the front, with a 155mm cannon in each…

      • Minicapt

        … if/when the advanced gun system actually shows up for service. Right now, the working gun system is a version of the 23mm Bushmaster.


  • Edubeat

    Fill ‘er up with regular unleaded said James T. Kirk and don’t forget to wash the windshields. Do you have men’s room hereabouts young man

  • Dana Garcia

    Hmm, it’s kinda lacking in visual appeal, like the oldies. But that’s progress, I suppose.

    • That’s what happens when you get Gay people to design destroyers, instead of just sticking to the interior decorating industry. You end up with something that looks like a fantasy Star Trek vehicle captained by somebody called Kirk.

  • Clausewitz

    The CSS Merrimac lives to fight another day.

    • Brett_McS

      That’s what I thought of when I saw it first.

  • bob e

    what a bad ass dd .. i’m sure there are weapons on it that rapist bill clinton did
    not manage to sell to the chinese.. so they were probably shittin’ egg foo jung when this monster came out ..

    kinda like the bismark ..

  • Minicapt
  • UCSPanther

    The new “Old Ironsides”.

    Hopefully, she is as imposing as she looks.

  • irishrus

    love it.. a Trudeau shit- pantizer … ready for action when obama not leader and chief any longer

  • tom_billesley

    US Navy insists it’s a destroyer and not a cruiser.
    Is that to dodge higher harbour dues?

    • Hard Little Machine

      The Cruiser platform was supposed to use the same hull but with more goodies inside. It was called the CGX and it was soon cancelled. Similarly the Ticonderoga Aegis Cruisers use the same basic hull as the Spruance class destroyer.