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Navy's Giant, Stealthy New Destroyer Gets Hull Wet

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The largest destroyer ever built for the Navy is in the water for the first time - and the stealthy vessel looks unlike any U.S. warship before. The largest destroyer ever built for the Navy is in the water for the first time - and the stealthy vessel looks unlike any U.S. warship before.
BATH, MAINE -

The largest destroyer ever built for the Navy is in the water for the first time - and the stealthy vessel looks unlike any U.S. warship before.

Without fanfare, Maine's Bath Iron Works on Monday floated the 610-foot Zumwalt out of dry dock in the Kennebec River. It will remain dockside while shipbuilders will continue working on it through the winter.

A christening ceremony was canceled earlier this month because of the partial federal government shutdown. The Navy shipbuilder hopes to hold a rescheduled ceremony in the spring.

The warship features an unusual wave-piercing hull and electric propulsion. Its low-slung shape minimizes its radar signature, making it stealthy. There are so many computers and so much automation that it'll need fewer sailors too.

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