Enormous, futuristic and expensive – as what the Navy leaders of Maine, City of Bath, would describe their new technology-laden warship. The warship “Zumwalt” is currently being built in Bath Iron Works. The warships seen as one of Obama Administration’s Asia-Pacific strategy and is said to be a representation of the US Navy’s future.
The stealthy warship features a wave-piercing hull, composite deck house, electric drive propulsion, advanced sonar, missiles, and powerful guns that fire rocket-propelled warheads as far as 100 miles. The 600-foot-long warships are so big that the General Dynamics-owned shipyard spent $40 million to construct a 106-foot-tall building just to assemble the giant hull segments.
Originally, the Navy leaders planned to build 32 ships but then, it was reduced to 24 and then became 7. Eventually, the production of the costly warship was down to 3. Jay Korman, an industry analyst from The Avascent Group, said the warship uses so much new technology that Navy says it’s their “silver bullet” to threats and that the only problem is the cost.
The Zumwalt’s new technology will allow the warship to determine, defeat aggression of their opponents and to maintain operations in areas where an enemy seeks to deny access – both on the open ocean and in operations closer to shore, the Navy says. The Zumwalt and the other 2 warships to be built will be out on the ocean next year and will be delivered to the Navy around 2014.