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Stealthy Zumwalt Taking Shape at Maine Shipyard
12/20/2012 3:00 PM ET  

Bath Iron Works has lifted a 900-ton deckhouse onto the 610-foot hull of the Zumwalt, the largest destroyer to be built at the Maine shipyard.

BATH, Maine (AP) _ Officials said Thursday that it took four cranes to lift the deckhouse, the heaviest item ever lifted at the shipyard on December 13 and 14. Afterward, the entire assembly weighing 13,000 tons was moved back into position for shipbuilders to continue assembly.

The composite deckhouse was built in Gulfport, Miss., and shipped to Maine by barge.

The stealthy destroyer, the Zumwalt, features a wave-piercing hull, electric drive propulsion, and powerful guns and missiles. It'll be christened in 2013 and delivered to the Navy late in the following year.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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