USS Zumwalt - America's First Stealth Destroyer

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  1. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

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    Zumwalt is headed for her home port in San Diego from the builder's yard in Bath, ME. But she stopped by Newport Naval Station near where I live. It was a rare chance to see an amazing machine. The term destroyer is a misnomer, she displaces as much tonnage as a WW2 Heavy Cruiser. We weren't even allowed on the pier, but the elevated road gave some nice viewpoints to see her lines.

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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

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    Luke
    that is one cool-looking boat. I hope she's only ever used as a deterrent.
     
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  3. dalethorn

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    I hope she doesn't depend on Chinese replacement parts.
     
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

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    Steve
    Or software.
     
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  5. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Is it the right way up ?

    -R
     
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  6. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
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    Bill Palmer
    Serious question. Are there stealth-capable support vessels too? In the Navy they are called "Royal Fleet Auxiliaries" and they accompany the warships. If I were an enemy I would track the Auxiliaries to help find the stealthy warships if they are not themselves stealthy...
     
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  7. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

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    Steve
    Hopefully they considered this. The Air Force certainly does.
     
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  8. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

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    Good question. In the US Navy, they are prefixed with the letter T, T-AK, T-AKE, etc. Manned by a mixed crew and considered non-combat vessels (USNS, not USS). Generally speaking Stealth is lost on logistics replenishment ships - between all the booms, cranes and various connectors, there's no happy compromise to stealth it and deliver fuel oil, munitions and provisions in an efficient manner. They are however the most important ships afloat next to capital combat vessels like carriers, and are protected accordingly.

    Edited to add - usually replenishment at sea happens away from the active battlezones or hotspots, so they could track replenishment ops, but once that's complete and the combatant vessels break away for their missions, theoretically, Zumwalt "disappears." At least that's the plan now.
     
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  9. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

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    Thanks for all the looks and comments everyone. :)
     
  10. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    You can see design features of civil war ironclads.
     
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  11. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

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    Yep, looks a lot like the Merrimac.

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  12. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

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    Steve
    Ahem . . . perhaps you mean the CSS Virginia? :)

    It does look like some of the early ironclads. To actually make a serous comment, it has such clean lines. OTOH, I bet all sorts of doors will suddenly open and all hell breaks loose. Nice article here:
    U.S. Navy gives look inside futuristic $4.4 billion Zumwalt destroyer

    Even better: It cost $4.4 billion and the commanding officer is Captain James Kirk.
     
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  13. Covey22

    Covey22 SC Top Veteran

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    DOH! I stand corrected! :D
     
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  14. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Nice. Good thing you didn't use a radar camera.
     
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  15. Crazy looking boat
     
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