New US guided missile destroyer arrives in Pearl Harbor

2019-04-04 05:08
The lead ship of the US Navy's newest class of guided-missile destroyers, the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), is assisted by a tugboat at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Craig T. Kojima, aHonolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

The lead ship of the US Navy's newest class of guided-missile destroyers, the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), is assisted by a tugboat at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Craig T. Kojima, aHonolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

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A new guided missile destroyer that is among the US Navy's newest class of warships has arrived in Pearl Harbor.

The USS Zumwalt arrived on Tuesday morning after making its first operational trip, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Tuesday.

The 186m-long guided ship outfitted with stealth features departed its home port of San Diego on March 8 and made a stop in Esquimalt, British Columbia on March 11, according to Navy officials.

The approximately $4bn ship then visited Ketchikan, Alaska, for a short stay beginning March 23, officials said.

The journey from Alaska to Pearl Harbor was the farthest foray into the Pacific for the ship that was launched in October 2013, officials said.

The ship cost about $4bn, has a crew of about 175 and is 30m longer and 4m wider than the previous class of US destroyers, according to officials.

The ship's design was originally planned for 32 ships but production plans were scaled back to three ships.

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