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US Navy’s largest ever ‘stealth’ destroyer heads out to sea on its maiden voyage

  • The USS Zumwalt launched from Bath Iron Works in Maine on Monday morning
  • The 600-foot-long destroyer cruised along the Kennebec River to the Atlantic on its first voyage
  • The ship, which weighs 15,000 tons, has taken four years to build at an estimated cost of $4.3 billion
  • Engineers will test the computer and power systems aboard the Navy’s first ‘all-electric’ warship
  • The unique angular design is intended to fool radars into classing it as a fishing vessel   

The largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy headed out to sea for the first time Monday, departing from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works in Maine and carefully navigating the winding Kennebec River before reaching the open ocean where the ship will undergo sea trials.

More than 200 shipbuilders, sailors and residents gathered to watch as the futuristic 600-foot, 15,000-ton USS Zumwalt glided past Fort Popham, accompanied by tugboats.

Kelley Campana, a Bath Iron Works employee, said she had goose bumps and tears in her eyes.

‘This is pretty exciting. It’s a great day to be a shipbuilder and to be an American,’ she said.

‘It’s the first in its class. There’s never been anything like it. It looks like the future.’


Larry Harris, a retired Raytheon employee who worked on the ship, watched it depart from Bath.

‘It’s as cool as can be. It’s nice to see it underway,’ he said.

‘Hopefully, it will perform as advertised.’

Bath Iron Works will be testing the ship’s performance and making tweaks this winter.



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