The USS Zumwalt (foreground) with the smaller USS Independence. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ace Rheaume

An aerial photo of two of the Navy’s most advanced and stealthy warships maneuvering off San Diego was selected as the service’s “image of the day” this week.

The photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ace Rheaume shows the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, the Navy’s most technologically advanced surface ship, in formation with the littoral combat ship USS Independence.

The Zumwalt was on the final leg of a three-month voyage to its its new home port of San Diego. The ship carries nearly 100 missiles in vertical cells and two guns capable of hitting targets more than 80 nautical miles distant. It is said to appear no bigger than a small fishing boat on radar.

In an ironic development, the powerful new Zumwalt cruised by three Chinese warships making a port visit to San Diego.

The image of the day appears on the Navy’s website, www.Navy.mil.

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Chris Jennewein

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