Over at Salamander’s digs, there is some spirited discussion about the next experimental transformational phantasmagorical monstrosity to be inflicted upon the sailors of the United States Navy. USS Zumwalt, DDG-1000, is now fitting out in the cold waters of the Maine coast. The Navy’s propaganda blitz for DDG-1000 continues, but I shall not enumerate all of the highly questionable “features” of the class here, only noting that a quote from the DefenseNews article caught my eye.
Sensational projections about DD(X) technical risk and cost have proved inaccurate.
Here is an image provided by uber-smart commentor Sid over at the porch. This is the “operations center” aboard Zumwalt, as conceived:
Wide-open space, crammed with electronic gizmos, computers, display screens, data lines, power cords, etc. You get the idea. Looks like NASA. Not only is this place gonna be sitting WAAAAAYYY above the water line, and will be an interesting place to be with a tumblehome hull form in heavy seas, but it is protected (?) by a bulkhead of carbon fiber, sandwiching a sheet of balsa wood. Not exactly Kruppstahl.
One cannot but wonder what the results would be of a hit by a medium caliber projectile or cruise missile warhead, causing damage much similar to what you see below, on USS San Francisco (CA-38). The 10lb plate pictured on San Francisco is many orders of magnitude more robust, by the way, than any structural material above the maindeck on Zumwalt.
The Zumwalt “operations center” would be a shambles of fried circuitry, shattered display screens, and dead and dying sailors. Technical risk? You bet your sweet a**. We would do well to study our own history from time to time. Oh, by the way, San Francisco suffered the damage as a result of combat in the littoral, off Guadalcanal.