The Zumwalt-class destroyer is an interesting ship, with three currently planned prior to a broader decision from the Navy brass. The crew will be around 150 Sailors, following the LCS pattern of minimal crew size. At 600 feet, the destroyer will be our largest yet:
The Navy says online that Zumwalt destroyers (three are scheduled to be built) have a “wave-piercing Tumblehome ship design (that) has provided a wide array of advancements. The composite superstructure significantly reduces cross section and acoustic output making the ship less transparent to enemies at sea. The design also allows for optimal manning with a standard crew size of 148 sailors thereby decreasing lifecycle operations and support costs.
“(Zumwalt) DDG will employ active and passive sensors and a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface. Each ship features a battery of two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) firing Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing a three-fold range improvement in naval surface fires coverage.”
Love the Facebook comments about how ugly it is. . .