USS Zumwalt wows visitors during Fleet Week in Baltimore

Zumwalt

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBAL) — When your name is Cpt. James Kirk, you have to have a sense of humor, and this captain, like his fictional counterpart, is a pioneer.

Kirk commands the first of its kind, the DDG 1000, which is the lead ship in a class of next generation multi-mission surface combatants.

"It is very exciting, first the class ship, very different from our other classes of ships, and so all of that is very exciting," Kirk said.

The $4.4 billion guided-missile destroyer is the Navy's most expensive ever built. It's named after Admiral Elmo Zumwalt known for his massive reform efforts in the Navy. It has state-of-the-art technology and an angular shape to minimize its radar signature.

"This warship; new technology, highly-advanced, designed to run with about half the number of sailors. It's on the previous class destroyer, so (it has) a lot more technology and automation," Kirk said. "I would say it feels like a really souped up sport utility vehicle. It's not like a Ferrari, but it's like a very big SUV that is made to go very fast."

Some Carver Vocational-Technical High School students were so excited to be on board.

"I think this is amazing, personally, because this is what I want to be in life in a few years so it's just taking a step into my future," senior Barry Young III said.

"I think it's very cool. I've heard that through manufacturing you get to build things like this and I think it's something very nice to be able to build a ship like this," senior Xavier Gough said.

The ship will be commissioned this weekend before it heads for its home port in San Diego.

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