USS Zumwalt, DDG-1000

Zumwalt-class destroyer
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000)

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This warship, scheduled for IOC (initial operating capability) in 2016,
features two major new technologies:
its tumblehome hull and
its capability for new offensive weapons such as high-tech guns, lasers, and rail guns.
It will be interesting to see how these new technologies work out in practice.
In particular, the tumblehome hull has been criticized by some
as making the ship quite vulnerable to rough sea conditions.
See, for example,

I certainly hope these fears are not realized,
and all the new technologies work as the Navy hopes.
But as with any new technology, surprises may be expected.
Again, it will be interesting to see how things work out.

USS Zumwalt at sea, 2015-12-07 !

I like the twirly-jig thing on top of the deckhouse.
It reminds me of the propellerhead beanies that nerds were always accused of wearing when I was young.

(History of the propellerhead.)

See also:
US Zumwalt Destoryer #2 900 ton deckhouse lift.

and the earlier
900 ton deckhouse (US Zumwalt Destoryer #1 900 ton deckhouse lift).

The New $3B USS Zumwalt Is a Stealthy Oddity That May Already Be a Relic
by Jordan Crucchiola
Wired, 2015-12-10

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