Bet you think this is some sort of far-future battle machine, maybe from a video game or something.
Au contraire. It’s on the water today.
As of July 2008, the construction timetable was for General Dynamics to deliver the ship in April 2013, with March 2015 as the target for Zumwalt to meet her initial operating capability. However, by 2012, the planned completion and delivery of the vessel had slipped to Fiscal Year 2014.
The first section of the ship was laid down on the slipway at Bath Iron Works on 17 November 2011. By this point, fabrication of the ship was over 60% complete. The naming ceremony was planned for 19 October 2013, but was canceled due to the United States federal government shutdown of 2013.
This class was originally intended to replace our entire fleet of destroyers, but has since been cut to a trio of ships. Because we don’t need a navy, dontcha know. Far more important to make sure Obamacare is fully funded.