In this episode we are going to look at a new class of US Navy destroyers. They are featured here because they are so different from what we are used to seeing. This new type of warships are called the Zumwalt Class Destroyers and therein lies a connection to Vietnam Vets. Admiral Elmo Zumwalt was in charge of Operation Ranch Hand. Most Vietnam Vets are aware that Operation Ranch Hand managed the process of spraying over 20 million gallons of a toxic defoliant on the lands of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia that resulted in the death and broken health of millions of people.
The design of this new class of destroyers verify the old saying “all that goes around – comes around.” The new design incorporates the naval architecture feature known as tumblehome which was used extensively in warship designs back in the 1880’s. Hope they live up to expectations in our modern time.