On April 12th, 2014, the 610 foot long US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt was christened at the Bath Iron Works in Maine. My friend Bob Rubin of Rocky Neck (http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/tradition-on-rocky-neck/) attended the celebration with his camera. The ship’s namesake is the late Admiral Elmo ‘Bud’ Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations from 1970 to 1974. USS Zumwalt is the stealthiest and most technologically advanced ship in the world.
The Admiral’s daughters Ann and Mouzetta break a bottle of bubbly to christen the USS Zumwalt.
Destroyer Zumwalt under construction at the Bath Iron Works. The ship will go to sea in 2016. Cost: $3 billion dollars.
Numerous groundbreaking features are built into the Zumwalt, among them: Tumblehome or reverse bow to slice through waves and reduce the wake; No windows or portholes; Composite superstructure; Crew of 130, which is about half that of similar warships, and no external antennas. USN Captain James A. Kirk’s futuristic destroyer’s stealth features will also make the ship appear as a Gloucester fishing boat on enemy radar.