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 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 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.