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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cutting edge warship a 'silver bullet'

[Zumwalt class destroyer]An enormous, expensive and technology-laden warship that some navy leaders once tried to kill because of its cost is now viewed as an important part of the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific strategy, with advanced capabilities that the navy's top officer says represent the navy's future.

The stealthy, guided missile-armed Zumwalt taking shape at Bath Iron Works is the biggest destroyer ever built for the United States Navy.

The low-to-the-water warship will feature a wave-piercing hull, composite deckhouse, electric drive propulsion, advanced sonar, missiles and powerful guns that fire rocket-propelled warheads as far as 160km.

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