The USS Zumwalt resembles a child from the union of a Civil War ironclad and and an At-At Walker from Star Wars.
Longer than two football fields, it will house a crew of 148 in its hull and carbon-fiber superstructure.
“The future USS Zumwalt is a first of class ship for the Navy’s next generation destroyer. Zumwalt class ships are tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces,” the Navy said in a news release.
The new ship isn’t pretty, but the Navy is betting it will outclass the rest of the world.
It also represents a major technology breakthrough.
And that freakish wheelhouse hides what hangs out on every other ship — radio, satellite and radar antennae.
The new ship is off to an odd start. It’s Oct 19 christening was cancelled due to the government shutdown and it hit the water Tuesday with no fanfare.