Paul Szoldra — Business Insider April 12, 2014
The U.S. Navy christens the USS Zumwalt on Saturday, a $7 billion stealth destroyer that hosts an incredible array of capabilities not seen in any other ship in the fleet.
Built by General Dynamics, the Zumwalt DDG-1000 will be the Navy’s largest destroyer — replacing the aging Spruance-class destroyers that had already been decommissioned — with technology onboard for targeting submarines, defeating minefields, and obliterating shore defenses with low-altitude missiles that evade radar, artillery, and even an electromagnetic rail gun, which is currently in testing.
“The christening of the future USS Zumwalt represents the beginning of another era of service for this great name,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in a statement. “Just as Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt helped shape our nation’s Navy as the 19th chief of naval operations, DDG-1000 will help shape the future of surface combatants.”
The destroyer “carries technologies that will benefit the Navy for years to come, most notably its Total Ship Computing Environment — a single, secure network that controls everything from radars to weapons,” said a spokesperson for Raytheon in an email.
While the ship has a mission center — the standard “bridge” that most ships have — with state-of-the art consoles and communications equipment, the Zumwalt is unique in having secure networking that allows the ship’s captain to control all manner of systems from anywhere on board.