US spends billions on futuristic destroyer

STEALTHY: The USS Zumwalt is undergoing a series of tests in the Atlantic Ocean.
STEALTHY: The USS Zumwalt is undergoing a series of tests in the Atlantic Ocean. Us Navyafp

HIGH-tech "stealth" destroyer the USS Zumwalt has been taken out to sea for a series of trials.

Shipbuilder Bath Iron Works and the US Navy have reportedly invested about $6 billion and spent more than four years making the futuristic vessel.

It is the largest destroyer-class ship ever built for the US Navy - yet casts a radar reflection about the same size as a commercial fishing boat - can exceed 55kmh and packs plenty of punch as well.

It has two deck guns that can fire self-guided missiles about 100km towards a target and a peripheral vertical launch system that enables a large battery of missiles to be fired at a designated targets.

It can be operated by a crew of only 148.

Testing will centre on the ship's computer and power systems and the performance of its unique hull design, with the bow angling inwards from the water to the deck.

The hull, deckhouse and other surfaces of the vessel have all been designed to reduce the vessel's radar "footprint".

Topics:  america navy

Support for palliative care patients in memory of Deb Barrie

LOVING LEGACY: Jim Barrie and Lorraine Hemsworth present a donation in memory of Deborah Barrie to Macksville's Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant Dianne Green and Palliative Care Counsellor Melissa Hilson.

Mr Barrie said his wife was a remarkable woman, always smiling.

Enticer to 'Tri' and win bike

COME TRI: A shorter distance event for those new to the sport is being held as part of the bcu Coffs Tri weekend.

Enticer at Coffs Tri for those thinking about doing first triathlon.

Valla search unable to find missing swimmer

An aerial view of Valla Beach.

Hopes of finding swimmer who went missing at Valla Beach are fading.

Local Partners