Navy's stealth destroyer begins sea trials


The Navy's next generation stealth destroyer headed out for its very first tests at sea on Monday, according to media reports.

The destroyer Zumwalt, built by Bath Iron Works, is the first of the Navy's newest class of DDG 1000 destroyers. The ship sailed through the Kennebec River to the open ocean, where it will undergo sea trials.

Construction began on the futuristic-looking ship in 2009. The shape of the ship's tumblehome hull as well as the arrangement of its antennas make the ship less visible on radar, the Navy said.

"We are absolutely fired up to see Zumwalt get underway," said Capt. James Kirk, the ship's commanding officer, according to the Associated Press. "For the crew and all those involved in designing, building and readying this fantastic ship, this is a huge milestone."