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Navy's Newest Destroyer

Shawnee McGrutt

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Bath Iron Works, this week turned over its newest destroyer to the US Navy. The modern stealth style ship, will be commanded by, Captain James Kirk. (No Mr. Spock )


To me, the destroyer looks similar to the iron clads from the civil war.

Has been several news articles on Wgme 13 out Portland, Maine.

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The second ship in this class was launched in June 2016.

Currently in sea trails.

USS Michael Monsoor 1001


Third is on the building dock.

USS Lyndon B. Johnson 1002


Contract was for 32 ships to be built but the number was cut several times.

The order is now for 3 with 2 completed.

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Very interesting ship.

I got to go on the USS Fort Worth which is a much smaller ship, but with some similar features.

No crew on the deck.

Mostly controlled below like a video game.

Sitting in the Captain's chair was way cool, even with two armed guards ready with loaded M16/M4 next to you.


Great to see some modernization of our Navy.

Hope they build some more.


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How can it be a DESTROYER? It has no guns, no depth charges.

Not even a bridge.


Ed: Maybe it is a fishing boat?

Depth charges - no.


Various missiles and guns - yes.


And it has a bridge.



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1.) That is one UGLY ship.

2.) Where is the ensign? I've watched several videos of her and I've not seen the colors anywhere.


In this pic - it appears there is an ensign hanging from the upper aft section of the house, port side.


Dry dock


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Joe, BIW does not build an ugly boat.

Want to talk about some fire power.

If'n you were in a fight, she would be beautiful



How about "less than aesthetically pleasing to the eye?" ;)


No doubt a very, very nasty fighter. And the crew will fall in love with her, especially in a fight, but she still looks like a floating shore battery.



Type: guided missile destroyer Displacement: 14,564 long tons (14,798 t)[3] Length: 600 ft (180 m) Beam: 80.7 ft (24.6 m) Draft: 27.6 ft (8.4 m) Propulsion: Speed: In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph) Complement: 140 Sensors and

processing systems: AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar (MFR) (X band active electronically scanned array)[6] Armament:

Aircraft carried: Aviation facilities: Flight deck and enclosed hangar for up to two medium-lift helicopters


Looking at the specs, very nasty indeed.

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