Thursday, November 3, 2016

It'll be interesting to see how this design performs in heavy weather

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2016) The guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) transits Naval Station Mayport Harbor on its way into port. Crewed by 147 Sailors, Zumwalt is the lead ship of a class of next-generation destroyers designed to strengthen naval power by performing critical missions and enhancing U.S. deterrence, power projection and sea control objectives. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker)


  1. I think that it will be fine in heavy weather. To me, the big question is one of numbers in damage control situations. The Navy is working diligently to reduce manning requirements for their new ships, but that hasn't worked out well in the LCS experiment. You can only hope that they know what they're doing.

    1. The old salts know what they need, but political considerations might get in the way.
      It seems that was the origin of the problems with the LCS.

    2. The LCS was designed by committee to "look cool". Sadly that is not one of the considerations for an effective warship.

  2. I've been on some old battleships with 12" armor, which was bent, twisted, melted & torn. Didn't sink them.

    These new ships- well, I just hope they never get hit by anything bigger than a BB!