BATH — The Navy’s stealthy Zumwalt has completed its builder trials and is back at Bath Iron Works.

The 600-foot destroyer that’s due to be delivered to the Navy next month for acceptance trials spent three days in the North Atlantic before returning to the shipyard late Thursday afternoon.

More than 200 shipyard employees and Navy personnel participated in the outing aimed at ensuring everything is shipshape for Navy inspection.

The Zumwalt is the first in a class of three destroyers, all of which are being built in Bath. Shipyard spokesman Matt Wickenheiser says the company is pleased with the ship’s performance.

After the Navy takes delivery, there will be further assessments, including rough-weather tests to determine the ship’s operating parameters. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned in October in Baltimore.


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