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Will San Diego Be The New Home Of The Navy's Largest Destroyer?

U.S. Navy

The future USS Zumwalt - the largest Navy destroyer ever built - is expected to hit the water for the first time this week. The homeport of the Zumwalt hasn't been announced, but an internal Navy document hints it will be San Diego.

The commanding officer of the Zuwalt is Capt. James Kirk (yes, that's his real name). In a letter sent to future Zumwalt crew members, Kirk writes:

Zumwalt’s eventual homeport has not been finalized, but San Diego is the planned homeport with arrival there expected in mid-to-late 2016.

The Navy was forced to cancel the October 19 christening ceremony for the Zumwalt because of the government shutdown. However, a news release from Defense Media Activity reports that the Navy reports is working with the family of the late Navy Adm. Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., and General Dynamics - Bath Iron Works, to reschedule.


Meanwhile, the biggest destroyer ever built for the Navy is expected to hit the waters of Bath, Maine in the next few days, according to The Associated Press.

Here's some cool timelapse video, courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, of the future Zumwalt in December 2012:

Time Lapse of USS Zumwalt