A Look Inside The Stealthy Destroyer USS Zumwalt

USS Zumwalt first look inside
The Navy gave limited access to the USS Zumwalt to reporters last week, during the stealthy ship's first port stop in Newport, Rhode Island. The Zumwalt is currently underway from it's birthplace in Maine to Baltimore, Maryland, where it is scheduled to be commissioned in October.

The Zumwalt is large for a destroyer, at 610 feet in length and a displacement of about 15,000 tons. That is over 100 feet longer and 6,000 tons heavier than the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The Zumwalt is also expensive, costing approximately $4.4 billion (yes, with a "B").

The Zumwalt cutting-edge, though, with a stealthy shape to minimize its radar signature, low-observable gun and missile mountings, and a mission control center full of screens and computers in order to plan out a wide range of missions.

You can find the complete gallery over on Stars and Stripes.com, and you can watch a video of the Zumwalt leaving Maine below: