On October 28, 2013, the first of three new-generation stealth destroyers for the U.S. Navy, the ZUMWALT (DDG 1000), was launched at Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. Below is a timelapse video of showing DDG 1000’s transition from drydock to float-off on the Kennebec River:
Bath Iron Works will deliver the ship to the U.S. Navy in late 2014 and she is expected to reach initial operating capability in 2016.
The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1970-1974.
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