Saturday, May 21, 2016

We own it now. The DDG-1000 is accepted for service.

Thanks to John for the link!

via DoD Live.
Today, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the most technically complex and advanced warship the world has ever seen. In just a matter of minutes, with a few key signatures and a small group of Navy and industry personnel present, this first in class, state of the art warship, which is the result of over 20 years of research, planning, development, construction, test and activation – shifted hands from the Bath Iron Works shipyard to our great Navy.
If the ship works as advertised then capable Naval Guns are back in vogue in the US Navy.  If any of the advancements in tech that are being talked about...lasers, rail guns, etc...are actually deliverable in the 2020-2030 timeframe then this ship will be a monster.

One thing is certain.

The US Navy just acquired a capability not found in any other navy on the surface of this planet.  A sidenote?  A Surface Action Group is now viable again.  A DDG-1000 accompanied by two or three Burkes, a couple of LCS and maybe a sub could actually be seen as a credible deterrent force in many littoral regions around the world.  Aircraft carriers can be saved for other engagements.

My only concern?  That tumblehome hull.  I remember reading  how concerned many were about its stability in rough seas.  I don't remember a credible defense of the hull design being put forth.  We'll see how it does  in the rough waters of the N. Atlantic or Pacific, but we should have an answer soon.

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