USS Zumwalt after floating out of drydock in 2013. Wikipedia
Kyle Mizokami, National Interest: America's Lethal Zumwalt-Class Destroyer vs. Russia's Battlecruiser: Who Wins?
A Russia-U.S. showdown at sea may once again be in the cards.
The recent decline in relations between Russia and the West has put ship-vs.-ship warfare back on the table. After more than a decade of supporting land wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, the U.S. Navy is reinvesting in the core mission of sinking ships. The U.S. Navy is expanding this capability but at the same time introducing a new class of ship, the guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, designed primarily to support land warfare.
Meanwhile in Russia, Moscow is still trying to squeeze life out of its Kirov-class battlecruisers. The gigantic surface ships, all nearly thirty years old, have aging but still generally effective armament, and are still capable of carrying out their primary mission: attacking very large enemy ships, especially aircraft carriers.
What if the two ships met in combat, one-on-one?
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WNU Editor: My money is on the Zumwalt.