What's In A Name? Irony-Clad Warships

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The US Navy is building a new warship, incorporating advanced stealth technology, and possibly a laser cannon. Built by General Dynamics, the Zumwalt--named after the former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr.— was launched into the water last week, with a scheduled delivery date for final fitting out sometime in 2014. The ship is expected to be battle-ready by 2016.

And, appropriately enough for such a futuristic warship, its commander-in-chief will be Navy veteran Captain James A. Kirk.