Stealth ship in water
BATH, MAINE- The navy's most automated and stealthy ship is out of dry dock and in the water. The USS Zumwalt looks like no other ship in the Navy with its wave-piercing hull, low profile and electronic propulsion. The low slung shape minimizes its radar signature. The ship is 610 feet long and will remain dockside as shipbuilders continue to work on her. A formal christening ceremony was canceled this month due to the government shutdown and may be rescheduled next spring. The daughters of the late Admiral Elmo Zumwalt were supposed to break a bottle of Champagne against the bow during the ceremony. Critics say the Navy is trying to incorporate too much new technology into one package but the Navy has three of the ships scheduled for completion with the USS Zumwalt joing the fleet in 2015.