It is NOT the USS Zumwalt – not yet. (It has to be commissioned to get the “USS.”)

It isn’t quite the stealth destroyer envisioned by James Cobb in The Choosers of the Slain, but it isn’t far off either. This Is The Navy’s New Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Out At Sea For The Very First Time (Click thru for some great photos.)

Pre-Commissioning Unit Zumwalt, soon to be known as the USS Zumwalt, is the United States Navy’s newest and most advanced surface warfare ship. It’s almost an experiment in its own right, with only three ships planned, only 60 percent of the crew of a regular destroyer, and enough power to feed railguns and lasers that don’t even exist yet.

I always thought that the world depicted in Cobb’s Choosers of the Slain made sense. (Well, the first book in the series and the third one made sense… the 2nd and 4th, not so much). Anyway, a world where women were commanding cutting-edge naval vessels and kicking ass while doing it… Not Honor Harrington, but in the same ballpark. (Try your local library.)

And in case you aren’t up on stuff written by dead white men… The Destroyers – Poem by Rudyard Kipling

The strength of twice three thousand horse
That seeks the single goal;
The line that holds the rending course,
The hate that swings the whole;
The stripped hulls, slinking through the gloom,
At gaze and gone again —
The Brides of Death that wait the groom —
The Choosers of the Slain!

Offshore where sea and skyline blend
In rain, the daylight dies;
The sullen, shouldering sweels attend
Night and our sacrifice.
Adown the stricken capes no flare —
No mark on spit or bar, —
Birdled and desperate we dare
The blindfold game of war.

Go read the rest.

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