New Navy destroyer rescues fisherman during sea trials

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The largest and most expensive U.S. Navy destroyer ever built rescued a fisherman off the coast of Maine as it conducted sea trials.

The advanced guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, which boasts stealth capabilities and will one day help support special operations forces, responded on Saturday to a distress call from a fishing boat off the coast of Maine, rescuing a fisherman who was experiencing chest pains, according to CNN.

The stealth destroyer's crew — a combination of Navy personnel and employees of Bath Iron Works, which is testing the ship — deployed to the fishing vessel on an inflatable boat to hoist the distressed fisherman aboard the Zumwalt.

"After medical evaluation, the patient was transferred from Zumwalt to a Coast Guard helicopter and then to an area hospital," Navy spokesperson Thurraya Kent said in a statement.

The Zumwalt is set to be commissioned sometime next year and was conducting "at-sea tests and trials" when it received the distress call, Kent added.

See this video the Navy issued of the future USS Zumwalt as it was getting ready to embark on sea trials last week:


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