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Cutting-edge Navy warship being built in Maine

FILE - This file image released by Bath Iron Works shows a rendering of the DDG-1000 Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy's next-generation destroyer, which has been funded to be built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and at Northrop Grumman's shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.
FILE - This file image released by Bath Iron Works shows a rendering of the DDG-1000 Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy's next-generation destroyer, which has been funded to be built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and at Northrop Grumman's shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. The enormous, expensive and technology-laden warship that some Navy leaders once tried to kill because of its cost is now viewed as an important part of the Obama administration's Asia-Pacific strategy, with advanced technology that the Navy’s top officer says represents the Navy’s future.
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BATH, Maine — The Navy's top admiral sees a role for a stealthy warship under construction in Maine in the Asia-Pacific.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert is the chief of Navy operations. He says the 600-foot vessel fits into the new emphasis on bolstering the U.S. military presence in the Pacific in response to Asia's growing economic importance and China's rise as a military power.

He also said after touring a shipyard that the ship's stealth, new sonar system, strike capability and reduced crew size represent the Navy's future.

The Navy wasn't always so enthusiastic. Some Navy leaders wanted to kill the program because of its expense. The program was eventually truncated to three ships, all of which are being built at Maine's Bath Iron Works.