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These are the features of America's most futuristic ship that just hit the waters

Jeremy Bender

The US Navy's most futuristic ship headed out to sea on Monday for the first time as it takes on sea trials under the command of Navy Capt. James Kirk. The USS Zumwalt will be the most advanced, and the largest, destroyer-class ship ever built for the US Navy.

Its radical design is intended to make the ship able to slice through the water quietly with minimal crew, while still being able to outgun any potential opponents it could encounter.

USS Zumwalt

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The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) underway for the first time, conducting at-sea tests and trials in the Atlantic Ocean, December 7, 2015.

The ship is powered by two Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbines, which allow the ship to reach speeds upwards of 30 knots. The deckhouse fitted with the most advanced automation and control systems available, allowing the warship to operate with a remarkably small crew of 148 people.

This reduction in crew is not at all reflected in a diminishment of power, though. The ship is armed with two deck guns that can fire self-guided projectiles over 60 miles toward a target. The munitions are self-guided, meaning they can correct their course midflight to ensure better accuracy.

USS Zumwalt

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In addition, the destroyer is armed with a peripheral vertical launch system. The system, which rings the ship's hull, enables the Zumwalt to launch a large battery of missiles toward designated targets. The Zumwalt can be equipped with Tomahawk missiles.

Despite all this firepower, the Zumwalt is impressively stealthy. Because of the material used for the hull in combination with the ship's angular design, the radar cross section of the vessel is about the same as a fishing boat.

USS Zumwalt

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The Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 1000 is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.

And at 610 feet long, the Zumwalt is the largest destroyer in the US Navy. This size allows the vessel to carry either two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters, or one MH-60 and three unmanned drone vehicles.

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