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2013-10-21 Science & Technology
Launch of new USN Destroyer-'Zumwalt'
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Posted by Skidmark 2013-10-21 07:59|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6463 views ]  Top

#1 Hopefully, like the Seawolf class subs did for the Virginia class subs, this "class of three" will make a good tested for a more economical follow-on destroyer design...
Posted by M. Murcek 2013-10-21 08:49||   2013-10-21 08:49|| Front Page Top

#2 Testbed. I'm going to turn autocorrect off now...
Posted by M. Murcek 2013-10-21 08:49||   2013-10-21 08:49|| Front Page Top

#3 Damn things are frigates. Would you like to super size that Admiral?
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-10-21 09:17||   2013-10-21 09:17|| Front Page Top

#4 It's actually closer to a cruiser in specifications.

On time and budget is good. Then again, blue-water warships always have patronage.
Posted by Pappy 2013-10-21 10:19||   2013-10-21 10:19|| Front Page Top

#5 said it's been a challenging project with a new hull design, composite materials and new technology.

Cant say "Titanic", can you, hope it survives?
I recall the Titanic had a new "Hull design and Composite materials", (Brittle steel Hull) on it.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-10-21 11:56||   2013-10-21 11:56|| Front Page Top

#6 The part that struck me about survivability was the reduced crew size. Automation is cool, and there are a lot of payoffs. But from my pitiful knowledge of WWII, it seems the thing that saved a lot of USN ships was heroic damage control efforts by live humans.
Posted by SteveS 2013-10-21 12:51||   2013-10-21 12:51|| Front Page Top

#7 It's a battle cruiser of the classic Jackie Fisher doctrine.

Crap it's over 100 feet longer than the last destroyer built?

It is a huge technology beast, the training programs are completely screwed up and they are penny rich and pound foolish on the training facilities.

If I was an Admiral, I'd retire so I wouldn't be around when this thing is sunk. Some nutjob with a silkworm would love to put that on their website.
Posted by Bill Clinton 2013-10-21 13:07||   2013-10-21 13:07|| Front Page Top

#8 Needs to be big. Navy of the future is transitioning from guns and missiles to electromagnetic weapons. Ships that carry those are going to require ginormous electrical generation, and you can't fit a big power plant into a small hull.
Posted by Steve White 2013-10-21 16:26||   2013-10-21 16:26|| Front Page Top

#9 Actually you can.... but it's expensive as all get out. What I want to see is a carrier turn into the wind with it's own 20 1.38 megawatt wind-turbines, this would be win, win, win, green, green, green, and hilarious. Where? Just sponson 'em out a bit more, no big deal.

Posted by Shipman 2013-10-21 18:42||   2013-10-21 18:42|| Front Page Top

#10 Got to work on some of the parts at previous job. Specs were atrocious to comply with and agree w/ earlier; automation can't rig a patch or shore up a bulkhead. But with composites there won't be a lot of bulkhead to shore up. A convertible warship
Posted by USN,ret 2013-10-21 21:24||   2013-10-21 21:24|| Front Page Top

#11 From over at Ars Technica: The Navy¬ís newest warship is powered by Linux.

Interesting tech details, including the fact that the first commanding officer will be Captain James Kirk. Hey, I wonder if you can fight the ship via Emacs?
Posted by SteveS 2013-10-21 21:39||   2013-10-21 21:39|| Front Page Top

#12 Bottom Line: DC requires manpower.
Posted by OldSpook 2013-10-21 21:40||   2013-10-21 21:40|| Front Page Top

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