THE USS ZUMWALT SPORTS TWO POWERFUL "ADVANCED GUN SYSTEMS" (THE TWO PILLBOXES UP FRONT) -- BUT HAS FEWER THAN 90 BULLETS BETWEEN THEM. IMAGE SOURCE: U.S. NAVY.
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On Oct. 15, 2016, the U.S. Navy commissioned its largest gun-toting surface warship since battleships prowled the seas: the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000).
Technically a destroyer, Zumwalt is actually bigger than the Navy's current fleet of Ticonderoga-class cruisers -- weighing in at 14,800 tons to the Tico's 9,800. It also carries more powerful guns than the Navy's big cruisers: two 155-mm Advanced Guns System (AGS) cannon, each capable of firing a 225-lb. Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) and striking a target 80 miles distant with pinpoint accuracy. There is, however, one small problem with these guns...
They have no bullets.
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WNU Editor: $800,000 per projectile .... what were they thinking?