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USA - Inside the USS Zumwalt, the world's largest destroyer

The USS Zumwalt is the lead ship among three Zumwalt-class destroyers. It is the largest destroyer in the world.

The USS Zumwalt was named after Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, the youngest chief of naval operations in US history. The ship is a guided-missile destroyer, which means its main purpose is to provide antiaircraft support to the US Navy's fleet.

The ship's construction began in October 2008. It was launched in October 2013 and put into commission by the US Navy in October 2016.

The Navy has two other Zumwalt-class destroyers: the USS Michael Monsoor and the USS Lyndon B. Johnson.

The first of the three Zumwalts built, the USS Zumwalt, cost $4.4 billion, making it the Navy's costliest destroyer at the time.

The ship cost twice as much as some of the Navy's most powerful ships, its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, according to the Associated Press.

The three Zumwalt-class destroyers cost about $22.4 billion in research and development, according to Bloomberg. General Dynamics, the owner of the shipyard Bath Iron Works, which built the USS Zumwalt, constructed a $40 million facility just to accommodate the building of the massive ships.

The USS Zumwalt is one of the largest surface combatants in the world.

The ship's "knife-like" bow is said to make it more stable in heavy seas compared with other surface combatants like destroyers and cruisers, according to Defense News.

The 600-foot ship can accommodate 158 crew members, according to Naval Technology. It has a sustained speed of 30 knots and a displacement of 14,564 long tons (around 16,000 tons).

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