The Navy’s newest ship, the Zumwalt destroyer, left Bath Iron Works for the Atlantic Ocean today.
Zumwalt Destroyer Heads to Sea
“POPHAM BEACH – Hundreds gathered in Bath and at Popham Beach early Monday to watch the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy sail down the Kennebec River for critical sea trials of the high-tech and costly warship.
Roughly an hour after tugboats guided the USS Zumwalt away from the pier at Bath Iron Works, cheers erupted at Fort Popham and the 600-foot-long ship that looks like something out of a sci-fi movie threaded the narrow passageway between the Civil War-era fort and Gilbert Head. The $4.3 billion ship then passed in front of crowds lining Popham Beach State Park before hitting the open Atlantic for its inaugural round of at-sea testing.”