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Here's An Inside Look At The Navy’s Newest High-Tech Destroyer
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.
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Stoltenberg told reporters on November 19 that NATO "has only grown stronger over the last 70 years" despite "differences" among the allies on issues such as trade, climate, the Iran nuclear deal, and the situation in northeastern Syria.
He was speaking at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on the eve of a NATO foreign ministers meeting aimed at finalizing preparations for next month's summit in London.
WASHINGTON — More than $35 million of the roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that President Donald Trump delayed, sparking the impeachment inquiry, has not been released to the country, according to a Pentagon spending document obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Instead, the defense funding for Ukraine remains in U.S. accounts, according to the document. It's not clear why the money hasn't been released, and members of Congress are demanding answers.
The admiral in charge of Navy special operators will decide whether to revoke the tridents for Eddie Gallagher and other SEALs involved in the Navy's failed attempt to prosecute Gallagher for murder, a defense official said Tuesday.
The New York Times' David Philipps first reported on Tuesday that the Navy could revoke the SEAL tridents for Gallagher as well as his former platoon commander Lt. Jacob Portier and two other SEALs: Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch and Lt. Thomas MacNeil.
The four SEALs will soon receive a letter that they have to appear before a board that will consider whether their tridents should be revoked, a defense official told Task & Purpose on condition of anonymity.