On a lighter note: Captain James Kirk is in command of this ship – but USS Zumwalt ain’t a starship nor is it a destroyer12 Nov 2013, 14:50 UTC
While Star Trek’s TV and film series had its USS Enterprise captained by a brave young chap called Captain James T. Kirk (the “T” stands for Tiberius), back on Earth, the US Navy just appointed a Captain James Kirk as captain for its latest warship – the new stealthy super-destroyer, USS Zumwalt. Although it has to be noted that there is no “T” in his name and no Science Officer Spock to back him up.
USS Zumwalt with gun pointing upwards. Courtesy: US Navy
One thing though: for those of us warship aficianados (and those who like starships as well for that matter), we have to contend with the US Navy’s assertion that the DDG-1000 class USS Zumwalt is a guided missile “destroyer”.
Actually, USS Zumwalt is really more of a missile “cruiser” than a destroyer. The classical definition of a naval “cruiser”, at least in the World War 2 era, was one carrying multiple trainable turret with guns of a calibre between six inches (152 mm) and eight inches (203mm) – though a few specialist cruisers carried lesser 4 to 5 inch calibres as most modern missile cruisers do nowadays. However, Zumwalt is a carrying two individually turreted ...