Friday, December 6, 2019

US Navy's Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Program Is A Failure


Sebastien Roblin, National Interest: Is This Flaw In The Navy's Stealth Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Fatal?

These "stealth" ships might not be worth the cost.

Key Point: Costoverruns and a failure to match the ship with a proper weapons system has people scratching their heads on what the Zumwalt-class destroyers are actually useful for.

In January 2019, the Navy will commission its second hi-tech Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer, the USS Michael Monsoor. The third and last, USS Lyndon B. Johnson was launched this December 2018 and will be commissioned in 2022.

Traditionally, warships are tailored to perform specific missions. But the cutting-edge Zumwalt has been a ship in search of a mission, especially since procurement of hyper-expensive ammunition for its primary weapon system was cancelled. Years and billions of dollars later, the Navy may finally have found one.

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WNU Editor: Another sobering summary on how useless the US Navy's Zumwalt-Class destroyer program has become.,


Andrew Jackson said...

We could have built a hundred top of the line frigates and electric-diesel submarines by now with that money! Arrest these idiots!

Bob Huntley said...

That boat looks upside down in the water.

Anonymous said...

Makes me wonder, if one commenter here knows how to play pool.

Roger Smith said...

This thing's mission always seemed a fantasy. 2 main guns with unaffordable ammunition cost and missiles of an unimpressive caliber and number. I keep recalling how long the bombardment of Normandy's landing zones was, the TONNAGE of ammunition used, and how effective it was. The Zumwalts seem more than a bit short in comparison.