Spectators watch as the future USS Zumwalt heads out to sea from Bath, Maine. Navy photo
Spectators watch as the future USS Zumwalt heads out to sea from Bath, Maine. Navy photo

The Navy’s first stealth destroyer left Bath, Maine, Wednesday for its acceptance trials.

The futuristic, angular ship will be commissioned as the USS Zumwalt and ultimately be homeported in San Diego.

Among the new technologies incorporated in the ship, the first of its class, are quiet, all-electric propulsion, placement of 80 rocket launch tubes around the perimeter of the vessel, and two advanced guns capable of firing a projectile 63 nautical miles.

The ship has a surplus of electric power for future weapons advances, including lasers and electromagnetic rail guns.

The Navy expects to take delivery of the ship next month. Two more ships in the DDG-1000 class are planned.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.