Largest-ever U.S. destroyer heads out to sea for testing


The USS Zumwalt, the largest-ever destroyer built for the US Navy, has departed Bath Iron Works and is finally headed out to sea for the first time to begin testing after almost seven years of construction, the Associated Press reports. The US Navy isn’t known for its speedy development cycles, and in this case it’s particularly knuckle-grinding. The Zumwalt rose out of what was dubbed the SC-21 program, a research program started way back in 1994 that led to the development of DD-21, the Destroyer for the 21st century.

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