Tuesday, December 6, 2016

USS Zumwalt : Is it a flop? * 76

Is USS Zumwalt worth $ 4 billion? It breaks down a second time
The New $3B USS Zumwalt Is a Stealthy Oddity ... -

The ship commissioned on the 15th of October is still undergoing trials, and it will be some time before it is certified as fit for combat. The ship has however been plagued by snags since its launch. This time the ship lost power while in the Panama canal, creating a piquant situation by breaking down. The US navy estimates that it will take 10 days for the ship to be made operational. In the meantime, the ship is parked in one of the quays in the canal. As per reports the ship developed an engine problem and lost power -- it also hit one of the locks in the canal and was damaged.

The ship had earlier also while in dock, had a flooding of its engines. For a ship so costly these snags are cause for alarm and one hopes they are sorted out. The uS Navy has ordered 3 of such state of art warships.