|The first ever Zumwalt "stealth" destroyer built at Bath Iron Works|
I learned today that the new "stealth" destroyer
made here in Bath will be put into the water on this Friday, Oct 25. I am going to put together a vigil on Washington St in front of the BIW administration office from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. All are invited to join me.
This warship will be used to sneak up along China's coast because it will supposedly be able to evade radar detection. There can be no doubt that its primary mission is not defense, but instead is a key tool in the Pentagon's first-strike planning.
The Associated Press has reported, “A super-stealthy
destroyer that could underpin the U.S. Navy’s China strategy will be able to
sneak up on coastlines virtually undetected and pound targets with
electromagnetic ‘rail guns’ right out of a sci-fi movie. Using electric pulses, not chemical
explosives, the ‘rail gun’ can shoot a 40-pound metal slug from New York
to Philadelphia at up to 5,600 mph — more than seven times the speed of
sound — with 32 times the force of a car traveling at 100 miles per
The new stealthy DDG-1000 being built by General Dynamics in Bath will cost between $4-7 billion each.
The Navy did not actually want the destroyer because it would eat up too
much of their shipbuilding budget. But Obama, who was strongly supported in his run for president
in 2008 by the Chicago-based Crown family (which are majority stockholders in
General Dynamics), has insisted the ships be built.
Almost every major defense contractor (including Lockheed Martin,
Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, L-3 Communications) and subcontractors
from nearly every state in the U.S. are involved to some extent in this
project, which is the largest single line item in the Navy's budget.
Previous versions of Navy destroyers, outfitted with ‘missile
defense’ systems cost about