Early morning sun shines on the Zumwalt at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine on May 12, 2016. The shipyard will soon hand over the largest missile destroyer to the Navy. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
In the previous headline of this story, The Associated Press had erroneously characterized the Zumwalt. It's the Navy's largest destroyer, not its largest warship.
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The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer.The shipyard is expected to turn the destroyer over to the Navy this week.The growing cost forced the Navy to reduce what was originally envisioned as a 32-ship program to just three ships.The slow-going and rising costs were little surprise after the General Accounting Office warned that the Navy was trying to incorporate too many new technologies into the ship. Some of the ship's 143 crew members have been in Bath for more than two years to prepare for the day they take control of it.
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