U.S. Navy’s First John Lewis-Class Oiler Launched at NASSCO
The first ship in the U.S. Navy’s new class of fleet replenishment oilers has been launched at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego. The John Lewis-class oilers will provide underway...
Due to the US government shutdown over the past few weeks, the christening of the US Navy and General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works’ latest creation, DDG 1000 (soon to be USS Zumwalt) was unfortunately put on hold.
The good news is, Bath Iron Works shipyard, located in the great state of Maine – home of lobsters, pine trees, and Shipyard Ale – released the following images of this incredible ship, with lines that probably haven’t been seen on a ship since the 19th century.
Don’t let the reverse sheer on this ship fool you though. Underneath its composite deckhouse (yes, that’s right) is the most sophisticated surface warfare battle suite ever installed on a warship that is tied into an array of weapon systems, including (but not limited to) twenty MK 57 vertical launch modules and a pair of 155 mm guns.
These guns have water-cooled barrels capable of hitting targets up to 83 nautical miles away at 10 rounds per minute.
This 600-foot, $3.3 BILLION warship is powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbines.
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