There's no denying that the Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, looks sleek is hell on the outside, and watching it fire off 10 sweet Long Range Land-Attack Projectile rounds in a minute is enough to bring a tear to any patriot’s eye.
But what’s it actually like inside the Zumwalt? Probably not what you expected, at least according to a new video tour of the vessel:
The sneak peak, produced by AiirSource Military, starts out with a cinematic classic: the toilet shot. But don’t worry, things improve as the video moves on to the control room, medical facilities, fully-equipped gym, and — some random sailor ironing a shirt. It’s an interesting look at life aboard the “most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world.”
Part of the DDG-1000 class, the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works-built Zumwalt was designed to carry out a range of deterrence, power projection, sea control, and command and control missions, according to the Navy. Construction began in 2008, with a set commission date of 2013, but delays pushed it back to October 2016.
But the ship already has a tumultuous history. The program was originally slated to deliver 32 ships meant to replace Navy’s fleet of Arleigh-Burke class destroyers as the branch’s multi-mission stealth vessel of choice. But each unit costs roughly $4 billion, and because of cost overruns, Congress defunded 29 of the ships and ordered the continuation of the Arleigh-Burke program instead.
Today, the vessel is the first of only three Zumwalt-class ships — and things aren’t of to a great start. Just a month after it hit the open sea, the destroyer's crew uncovered a seawater leak in the auxiliary motor drive oil system. The engineering malfunction, which occurred near the Panama Canal before the ship even made it to sea trials, required two weeks of repairs.
But hey, it does look really cool. Plus, its gun system is capable of firing 600 rocket-powered projectiles and hitting targets more than 70 miles away, including on land. Too bad the Navy can’t afford the ammo at $800,000 a round.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.