29 Jun '14, 3pm

Stealthy warship Zumwalt is soon getting jet fuel: Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard... #navy

BATH, MAINE — Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard the Navy’s biggest destroyer in preparation for firing up some of the world’s largest marine turbines this summer. Shipbuilders will be working methodically in the coming weeks to bring JP-5 military-grade jet fuel aboard the ship and flush the systems before lighting off the turbines and activating the ship’s high-tech electrical systems. It’s a complicated process for the first-in-class Zumwalt. “Because it’s the lead ship, we’re doing everything in a very deliberate and painstakingly accurate and detailed way,” shipyard spokesman Jim DeMartini said. Those turbines — similar to units in the Boeing 777 — won’t propel the ship. They’ll provide the grunt for generators that produce electricity that drives the ship. Around the world, there are other electric-drive warships. But this is the first time the U.S...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140629/NEWS04/306290024

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