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Budget cuts have threatened several Pentagon programs, but the U.S. Navy is keeping its eye in building its warfighting fleet for the future. The Navy is banking on the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to lead the way in its future endeavours.
The Navy is building three units of DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer. The ship offers reduced manning, hybrid drive, unsurpassed stealth and ferocious firepower. Manufactured in Raytheon in Rhode Island and Bath Iron Works in Maine, the first ship is 65% complete. According to Rowden, the ship is a marvel in design and technological development.
Apart from the three futuristic destroyers, the Navy plans to boost their fleet with 55 units of Littoral Combat Ship.
“We must aggressively bring LCS into the fleet,” Rowden says. “With each successive ship, the shipbuilding process has become more efficient and we are achieving better results at lower cost. USS Independence (LCS-2) recently pulled into her homeport in San Diego after completing a series of successful Mine Warfare Mission Module tests off the East Coast, and Fort Worth (LCS-3) passed her acceptance trials with flying colors. The president of the Board of Inspection and Survey commented that LCS-3 had the most complete acceptance trials held to date, and the Navy formally accepted Fort Worth on June 6.”
The Pentagon estimates that the total acquisition cost for the LCS will be $37.4 billion just for the sea frames alone.
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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.
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