Navy's Secret to Building a Stealth Ship (Op-Ed)
- Nikhil Gupta and Steven Zeltmann for livescience.com August 1st, 2014
- Source: http://www.livescience.com/47168-navy-composites-key-to-stealth.html
The USS Zumwalt, the United States Navy's latest and largest destroyer, is a stark contrast to the ironclad ships of old. The gray angular deckhouse may bring back memories of Civil War-era battleships, but the technology of the deckhouse and what lies inside is anything but old-fashioned.
The Zumwalt, or DDG-1000, is the first of three ships of the Zumwalt class to be completed. This project is a huge undertaking by the U.S. Navy and represents the single largest line item in its budget. But the new technologies being developed as part of the program will make the Zumwalt class years ahead of any other current warship — one profound example is the deckhouse material.