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New US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt Christened in Maine
abc | April 12, 2014 | ALANNA DURKIN

Posted on 04/13/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.

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Among the 15,000-ton warship's cutting-edge features are a composite deckhouse with hidden radar and sensors and an angular shape that officials say will allow it to be confused for a small fishing boat on radars. It also sports wave-piercing hull designed to reduce the ship's wake. It's the first U.S. ship to use electric propulsion and produces enough power to one day support the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun, which will be tested at sea in 2016.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; destroyer; maine; usnavy; zumwalt
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1 posted on 04/13/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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At 610 feet long and 15,000 tons, it’s length and displacement are almost identical to that of the USS Biloxi (CL-80)


2 posted on 04/13/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


3 posted on 04/13/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: BenLurkin

ummm..... you forgot to provide a link.


4 posted on 04/13/2014 8:38:18 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: BenLurkin

5 posted on 04/13/2014 8:40:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2; BenLurkin
Hi.

you forgot to provide a link.

Or pictures.

5.56mm

6 posted on 04/13/2014 8:41:25 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: BenLurkin
" It also sports wave-piercing hull designed to reduce the ship's wake."


7 posted on 04/13/2014 8:41:28 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Right you are!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/navy-destroyer-zumwalt-christened-maine-23301555


8 posted on 04/13/2014 8:41:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
Among the 15,000-ton warship's cutting-edge features are a composite deckhouse with hidden radar and sensors and an angular shape that officials say will allow it to be confused for a small fishing boat on radars.

Um, if I was the enemy wouldn't I just do my best to destroy anything that looked like a fishing boat on my radar?

9 posted on 04/13/2014 8:42:02 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: UCANSEE2
Good job.

Thanks.

5.56mm

10 posted on 04/13/2014 8:42:06 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: BenLurkin

Bath built is best built.


11 posted on 04/13/2014 8:44:42 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: UCANSEE2

it sorta reminds me of the Civil War Ironclad Merrimack...

12 posted on 04/13/2014 8:45:20 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: BenLurkin

13 posted on 04/13/2014 8:45:26 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: BenLurkin

Let’s hope that composite superstructure has some shrapnel stopping capabilities. Direct shell hit armor may be passe’, but the shotgun blast from a close-in stop of a supersonic ASM is no joke to guys sitting inside thin aluminum boxes.


14 posted on 04/13/2014 8:48:05 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: M Kehoe


15 posted on 04/13/2014 8:48:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: kingattax

What happened to the first 999 DDGs?


16 posted on 04/13/2014 8:49:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: M Kehoe

17 posted on 04/13/2014 8:53:27 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: BenLurkin

good question. maybe the artist that rendered that pic knows


18 posted on 04/13/2014 8:53:43 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: kingattax

I’m thinking it maybe is like when people get a new checking account. Nobody ever starts with check #1


19 posted on 04/13/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

here’s another possibility.

we all know what a brilliant CIC we have ,

so, obozo is trying to trick the russians and the chinese into thinking we already have 1,000 state of the art guided missile destroyers without having to actually build them just by starting with that designation


20 posted on 04/13/2014 9:00:38 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: redlegplanner

So told to me by a group of career US Navy officers. One said there was a absolute sturdy feel to being on the deck of a Bath built ship that was unlike any other.

I was impressed to say the least.

When I lived in Maine people who managed to secure a job at Bath Iron Works were very proud of the position and took the job seriously.

The Maine work ethic is still alive and well in many parts of the state.


21 posted on 04/13/2014 9:01:17 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: BenLurkin
It's the first U.S. ship to use electric propulsion...

Maybe long-term, but other US Navy craft have had electric propulsion. I'm thinking of all the diesel-electric subs in WWII...

22 posted on 04/13/2014 9:04:03 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: BenLurkin; Jeff Head

Bump


23 posted on 04/13/2014 9:05:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

“Maybe long-term, but other US Navy craft have had electric propulsion. I’m thinking of all the diesel-electric subs in WWII...”

The aircraft carriers Saratoga and Lexington (Built in the 1930’s) used a Diesel Electric propulsion system like a locomotive. Would those count?


24 posted on 04/13/2014 9:09:55 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: BenLurkin

Can we stop naming warships after people? It used to be only dead people. Now we name carriers after living people. Before 2017, we will probably have a U.S.S Barry Soetero and/or a U.S.S Barack Hussein Obama.

I prefer we stick to cities and states and persona names.


25 posted on 04/13/2014 9:11:45 PM PDT by TheArizona
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To: TheArizona

I prefer we stick to cities and states and NON persona names.


26 posted on 04/13/2014 9:20:31 PM PDT by TheArizona
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To: Fai Mao

That was actually (steam) turbo-electric. Several battleship classes, like the Colorados, had it.


27 posted on 04/13/2014 9:27:23 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Fai Mao
The aircraft carriers Saratoga and Lexington (Built in the 1930’s) used a Diesel Electric propulsion system like a locomotive.

The Saratoga and Lexington used a turbo-electric drive, not diesel electric. Power was provided by 16 steam boilers to the four electric-driven drive shafts.

USS Saratoga

28 posted on 04/13/2014 9:28:35 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: BenLurkin

Zumwalt was a disaster as CNO. Here’s hoping his namesake class does better.


29 posted on 04/13/2014 9:32:57 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: TheArizona
Destroyers have always been named after people, cruisers after cities, battleships after states and carriers after battles. Now, attack subs are named after cities as cruisers are being phased out, missile subs are named after states as the new "capital" ships, light carriers are named after battles, and big carriers are named after presidents. The Navy has its traditions.

All that said, I agree with you about about naming things after living people. The honoree should always be deceased and therefore unable to bring dishonor to or gain advantage from the naming.

30 posted on 04/13/2014 9:35:18 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: TheArizona

Oh, it’s only going to get worse, much worse....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/uss-harvey-milk-navy-ship_n_1456486.html


31 posted on 04/13/2014 9:38:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Wonder why the religious intolerant haven’t objected to the use of the word “christened” in these official events.


32 posted on 04/13/2014 9:44:44 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: dfwgator

An excellent example to eliminate peoples names. How about the U.S.S Maragaret Sanger?

Isn’t there a sub named the U.S.S Jimmy Carter?


33 posted on 04/13/2014 10:00:27 PM PDT by TheArizona
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To: BenLurkin

This is good news, it sounds like...

But it is my understanding that of our TEN carrier fleets, only TWO or THREE are active at this time. The others are supposedly bunched up all at one place being sitting ducks. I also understand that the administration is also planning to kill the hellfire missiles program...and I think I heard also the tomahawks.


34 posted on 04/13/2014 10:27:36 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: TheArizona
An excellent example to eliminate peoples names. How about the U.S.S Maragaret Sanger?

or maybe a battleship Rachel Carson?
35 posted on 04/13/2014 10:29:02 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: TheArizona
Isn’t there a sub named the U.S.S Jimmy Carter?

SSN-23.


Groton, Connecticut 5 June 2004

36 posted on 04/13/2014 10:29:17 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: BenLurkin

Tickle Me.


37 posted on 04/13/2014 10:33:37 PM PDT by wardaddy (america was lost about the time black thugs appropriated cafe bikes as social status)
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To: BenLurkin

The Cleveland class light cruisers were 10000 tonners. The length is right though.

This “destroyer” has the displacement of a Baltimore class heavy cruiser.

You know, the Army can put 6 and 8 inch guns on twenty odd ton armored vehicles put the modern Navy cannot to better than 5 inch on massive platforms.


38 posted on 04/13/2014 10:33:58 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: BenLurkin

Will the crew be allowed to wear beards?!


39 posted on 04/13/2014 10:34:35 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Always A Marine

My problem with ship names is throwing in politician names when every other ship in the class follows a recognizable pattern. The Seawolf class subs are a prime example. Three boats, using a fish name, which is traditional for subs, a state, following current practice, and Jimmy Carter. Stennis and Vinson get carriers named after them, while famous carrier admirals like Halsey and Spruance are limited to destroyers? Stick to a system, and don’t compromise it so that some career politician or their family can get an honor that should be reserved for true heroes and leaders.


40 posted on 04/13/2014 11:00:56 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: BenLurkin
It's the first U.S. ship to use electric propulsion

General Dynamics electric boat was established in 1899 and commissioned the submarine, Holland, in 1900, and supplied the USN with diesel-electric submarines in WWII.

And for ships, let us not forget Norway


41 posted on 04/13/2014 11:22:56 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: dsc

He let me grow a beard and wear sideburns!! :)


42 posted on 04/13/2014 11:32:29 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: AlaskaErik

LOL


43 posted on 04/13/2014 11:33:06 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: BenLurkin

!


44 posted on 04/14/2014 2:45:03 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Some WWI era battleships had electric propulsion, as well as the USS Saratoga and USS Lexington carriers.


45 posted on 04/14/2014 3:11:24 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: UCANSEE2

I know almost nothing about Navy ships. But I get a feeling of being in the dark all of the time on this thing. There is almost no deck and few windows. What a depressing feeling to be out at sea, all cooped up in that thing.


46 posted on 04/14/2014 3:35:26 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: BenLurkin
What happened to the first 999 DDGs

The numbering convention of us Destroyers got messed up with the "new" DDG (guided missile destroyer) and DLG (guided missile destroyer leader) designations.

This was further compounded when the four "Ayatollah-class" Destroyers (built for the Shah's Iran) were impounded by the US, turned over to the USN and became the "Kidd" class. They were brought into USN service as DDGs, but stayed in the "DD" numbering convention of their Spruance-class half-sisters.

After the Kidd class ships (DDGs -993 to -996) the final ship in the "DD" sequence was the USS Hayler (DD-997). -997 and -998 were actually set aside for two additional "Ayatollah" class destroyers that were never built (after the Shah fell), -997 was reclaimed for the Hayler.

The Zumwalt started life as the DDX program, which was for a destroyer designed mainly for operations against shore-based targets. There was a CGX cousin that was supposed to be multi-mission, but it was cancelled. Since it was not multi-mission (which is what the "DDG" designation really evolved into), it was put into the "traditional" series while the Burkes continued the DDG one.

I figure someone in the USN just liked starting the sequence on a nice round number, hence the jump from DD-997 to DD-1000, skipping -998 and -999.
47 posted on 04/14/2014 3:36:30 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: okie01

In addition to Sara & Lex, Langley, New Mexico, Tennessee, California, Colorado, Maryland, and West Virginia were turbo electric propulsion


48 posted on 04/14/2014 3:52:29 AM PDT by X Fretensis
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To: BenLurkin
Electric drives have been around the USN for a very long time.

http://www.navweaps.com/index_tech/tech-038.htm

49 posted on 04/14/2014 3:54:54 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: BenLurkin

Z-Grams....Ugh! I remember those liberal things.


50 posted on 04/14/2014 7:03:31 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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