NZHerald/Washington Post: Navy’s US$7.8 billion destroyer to be delivered 5 years late
The first ship in the US Navy’s US$23 billion ($33.8b) programme to build a new class of destroyers is scheduled for a September delivery – more than five years later than originally scheduled and 10 years after construction began on the stealthy vessels built by General Dynamics.
Delivery plans for the Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer have been a roller-coaster of changing milestones, most recently moved from May of this year to September, according to budget documents confirmed by a Navy spokeswoman. The ship isn’t expected to have an initial combat capability until September 2021, at least three years later than planned.
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