Bath Iron Works in Main is known for building the Navy's top tier vessels. Floorganise took a visit at BIW during a recent shipbuilding tour. All we have left now are the memories and these beautiful pictures, we'll be sure to come back soon.






Zumwalt-class destroyer

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The Zumwalt-class destroyer is a class of United States Navy guided missile destroyers designed as multi-mission stealth ships with a focus on land attack. It is a multi-role class that was designed for secondary roles of surface warfare and anti-aircraft warfare and originally designed with a primary role of naval gunfire support. It was intended to take the place of battleships in meeting a congressional mandate for naval fire support.[11] The ship is designed around its two Advanced Gun Systems, their turrets and magazines, and unique Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) ammunition.[9] LRLAP procurement was cancelled, rendering the guns unusable,[9] so the Navy re-purposed the ships for surface warfare.[12] A National Review article by Mike Fredenburg calls the Zumwalts "an unmitigated disaster".[13] The class design emerged from the DD-21 "land attack destroyer" program as "DD(X)".

These ships are classed as destroyers, but they are much larger than any other active destroyer or cruiser.[14] The vessels' distinctive appearance results from the design requirement for a low radar cross-section (RCS). The Zumwalt-class has a wave-piercing tumblehome hull form whose sides slope inward above the waterline, which dramatically reduces RCS by returning much less energy than a conventional flare hull form. The appearance has been compared to that of the historic USS Monitor[15] and her famous antagonist CSS Virginia.[16][14]

The class has an integrated power system that can send electricity from its turbo-generators to the electric drive motors or weapons, the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure (TSCEI),[17] automated fire-fighting systems, and automated piping rupture isolation.[18] The class is designed to require a smaller crew and to be less expensive to operate than comparable warships.

The lead ship is named Zumwalt for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt and carries the hull number DDG-1000. Originally, 32 ships were planned, with $9.6 billion research and development costs spread across the class. As costs overran estimates, the quantity was reduced to 24, then to 7, and finally to 3, significantly increasing the cost per ship to $4.24 billion (excluding R&D costs)[1][19][20][2] and well exceeding the per-unit cost of a nuclear-powered Virginia-class submarine ($2.688 billion).[21][22] The dramatic per-unit cost increases eventually triggered a Nunn–McCurdy Amendment breach and cancellation of further production.[23] In April 2016, the total program cost was $22.5 billion, with an average cost of $7.5 billion per ship.[2]

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