Get a load of this user's comment which shows the user works on the said super destroyer:Awkward American moment:
Could you imagine their reactions if brand new PLAN ships looked like this. It's kind of symbolic of the whole country though: A decaying, overhyped, astronomically overpriced yet unnecessary piece of military industrial complex junk.
Since I'm the only person on this website that works for and has any contact with the DDG1000 program itself, let me make this abundantly clear: This is NOT an issue of OPTEMPO or big navy not giving the ship time to do preservation. This IS an issue of the crew just being shit and not giving a fuck, if you think the outside looks bad HO BOY I was on that piece of shit 2 weeks ago and I can promise you the inside looks just as bad as the outside. Most people in the program will tell you, you will not find a more underwhelming crew in 3rd FLT. The Zumwalt looked exactly like it does now, 3 months ago when it came out of the yards, the crew has had nothing but time to replace PCMS tiles and paint. On the bright side: The crew of 1001 are the polar opposite, they ace all of their assessments and always go above and beyond to facilitate contract work for new equipment installs and upgrades, testing etc. This is also why 1000 has largely fallen out of favor with SURFDESRON and the program office and 1001 has largely taken up at least part of the mantle of leading development. Why the commodore or big navy hasn't stepped in to correct what is very much a failure of a proper command culture is beyond me, but also outside my job scope. Pictured: VLS Cansiter offload yesterday on 1001 right across from where 1000 was doing range runs in SD Bay.