The man tapped to be the Captain of the Navy’s newest, most futuristic ship is none other than James Kirk.
Captain Kirk will be the captain of the USS Zumwalt.
This James Kirk, actually James A. Kirk, is a native of Bethesda, Maryland, and was commissioned at the US Naval Academy in 1990.
Instead of exploring the galaxy, Kirk’s ship will be used for “combat and area denial.”
The USS Zumwalt is the Navy’s largest destroyer. The warship is the first of the DDG-1000 class of destroyers, which will include three ships to be deployed to the Pacific in the next three years.
Stealth is the name of the game when it comes to the Zumwalt. It has technology that enables it to “mitigate minefields, target submarines, and assault shores with a barrage of low altitude radar-evading missiles, artillery guns, and one day maybe even a magnetic railgun.”