U.S. to launch its largest navy destroyer this week
This is a Zumwalt-class destroyer, America's next generation navy destroyer.
After a bit of a delay due to the federal government shutdown, the destroyer is set to be launched this week and will be deployed to the Pacific Ocean next year.
At more than 180 meters long, some 30 meters longer than pre-existing destroyers, and nearly 25 meters wide, the Zumwalt is the largest navy destroyer the U.S. has ever built.
As its sleek silhouette suggests, the most notable feature of the Zumwalt is its stealth feature, which keeps the ship from being detected by enemy radar.
The Zumwalt has the capacity to load one MH-60R or a SH-60 LAMPS helicopter, and three unmanned aerial vehicles, and comes armed with long-range, subsonic Tomahawk missiles and vertical launch anti-submarine rockets and other weaponry.
Often referred to as an "aircraft carrier killer," the destroyer is also equipped with an advanced railgun system that has a range of 160 kilometers.
Many weapons experts see the destroyer's launch as a move to counter China's growing naval influence in the Asia Pacific region, and there's no doubt it's already attracted the attention of the Chinese government.
The high-tech destroyer is also expected to help the U.S. keep tabs on North Korea, which has continued to threaten regional security with its nuclear and missile programs.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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