Maine Machinists Watch U.S. Navy’s Largest Destroyer Head to Sea

IAM Local S6 members at Bath Iron Works in Maine had the honor of watching the fruit of their labor, the U.S.S. Zumwalt, head out to sea for the first time. A massive 600-foot long, and weighing in over 15,000 tons, the Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

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“This ship is in league of its own, like the thousands of men and women who built it,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr. “Our members are world class shipbuilders, and given the right tools, resources and opportunities, they produce the world’s finest vessels for the best navy in the world, the United States Navy.”

A first in its class, the Zumwalt is a state-of-the-art destroyer equipped with electric propulsion, new radar and sonar, and a sharp angled design used to reduce its radar signature. The ship will undergo sea trials and receive tweaks to all the systems all winter with a possible release date to the U.S. Navy this spring.

IAM Local S6 represents over 3,500 members at Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME.

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