Here's The First Video Of The Navy's New Zumwalt-Class Destroyer Cruising Through Open Sea

Look at how she slices, look at how she dices! Look at how she seems to take millimeter-high waves without falling over at all! This is the United States Navy’s new Zumwalt-class destroyer, and after we saw it in still photos putting out to open sea for the first of its builders’ trials before delivery, here’s the first video we’ve seen of it yet.

There’s been a bit of concern from some corners of the Internet that the Zumwalt’s tumblehome hull design, in which the sides of the ship slope up, in, and away from the water, instead of out towards it, could result in a bit of instability. Most modern ships, like the Zumwalt’s predecessor, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, have hulls that flare outward, which could aid in buoyancy in rough seas and in battle conditions.


But jokes on you, jokers. In completely smooth seas with seemingly no other boats around it, the Zumwalt stays perfectly upright.

So there.

Still looks pretty cool going through the water, though.

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Narrow beam, tall superstructure. Sailors are gonna HATE that thing in heavy seas.