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Because cruisers and destroyers are so important to Navy operations, they are often called "support vessels." But make no mistake, these ships are powerful and capable enough to operate on their own in almost any situation. They make certain no carrier, cargo/supply ship or oil tanker proceeds into an area where enemy action is possible. With lightning-quick communications, space-based radar systems, precision weapons and advanced engineering systems, these agile surface warfare ships can lead a strike or protect the fleet against aircraft, submarines and other ships.
With its angular looks and wave-piercing "Tumblehome" hull form, the next-generation destroyer almost looks like science-fiction. It certainly doesn't look like any other warship. And it doesn't operate like one. Multifunctional, capable of operating in various environments and on schedule to be operational by 2016, the Zumwalt-Class is more automated than most warships. With that automation comes increased efficiency – to the point that a standard crew of only 130 is required. But make no mistake, even though the technical sophistication is high, it is built to be rugged and incredibly well-armed.
Get the specs and tech of the Zumwalt-Class Destroyer.