USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. I have a LOT of photos from our June trip to Maine that I still haven’t processed or even looked at since we got home. The Zumwalt is complete and has left Bath Iron Works, I thought this would be a great time to share a few photos that I shot of the vessel while we were in Maine this year.
So how did I get these photos? We took the “Shipyards & Lighthouses” cruise, aboard the Merrymeeting, on the Kennebec River, from the Maine Maritime Museum. Although Mr. B is a Brunswick, Maine native and we lived in the area for MANY years, we had never been to the museum. Mr. B has an avid interest in boating these days, so we decided to make the museum a stop on the way back to North Carolina. This museum is a must-see place if you are in the Bath, Maine area. We arrived early and got to sit right in the bow by the flag. Great place for photos.
Bath Iron Works, is just a short distance from the museum. As you can see, it was a bright, sunny day on the Kennebec River.As we were gliding by, we saw some very strange Navy boats that are being built. We were told that we were looking at new Zumwalt class destroyers. They are a strange looking vessel and honestly, I thought the Zumwalt was still in the early stages of being built. It sure didn’t look like an ordinary Navy vessel. It turns out that she was almost complete when the photos below were taken.She is the lead ship of the Zumwalt class and the first ship to be named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt. Zumwalt has stealth capabilities, having a radar cross-section akin to a fishing boat despite her large size. On 7 December 2015, Zumwalt began her sea trial preparatory to joining the Pacific Fleet. She is to be homeported in San Diego, California. The ship will be commissioned in Baltimore on October 15, 2016. (source: Wikipedia) A few days ago, I happened to see the following video on Facebook of the Zumwalt as she passed by Fort Popham as she was leaving Maine. Be sure to click on those little facing arrows on the right bottom of the video to see it full size. Thanks to Dianne Gray for posting this video. Futuristic Indeed!!