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Futuristic U.S. destroyer heads out for sea trials

The Zumwalt, the Navy's newest and most expensive destroyer, departed the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine on Wednesday morning to conduct acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey.

Key systems including navigation, propulsion, auxiliary systems, habitability, fire protection and damage control capabilities will be tested to make sure that they meet the Navy's requirements. 

Weapons tests are not on the agenda for acceptance trials, as the ship’s mission systems have not yet been activated. That work will commence after the Navy has taken delivery and the vessel has been relocated to San Diego. 

Take a look at this unique vessel and read more about it in a report by The Maritime Executive.