As if a testament to its purpose, the Navy’s stealthy Zumwalt destroyer, concealed by the cover of darkness, slipped silently out of dry dock and into the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, Monday night. There was no celebration, only business.
The Zumwalt DDG-1000 Guided Missile Destroyer is the Navy’s largest destroyer to date at 610 feet in length, surpassing its predecessors by a full 100 feet. It’s not the size, however, that makes the Zumwalt unique, but that it houses a floating Linux-based data center that makes Star Trek’s USS Enterprise’s bridge pale in comparison, an all-electric drive system that baulks at a Prius and allows the ship to glide quietly through the waters, composite radar-absorbing armor, and of course an assortment of Tony Stark worthy weaponry, Business Insider reported.
The Zumwalt means business, that much is obvious. Built by General Dynamics, this behemoth was intended to be a “stealth destroyer,” despite its size. The “tumblehome” hull helps to avoid radar detection, while the composite armor absorbs it.
According to the Navy’s press release, “The shape of the superstructure and the arrangement of its antennas significantly reduces the ship’s radar cross section, making the ship less visible to enemy radar at sea.”