Thursday, September 8, 2016

"These are the voyages of the warship Zumwalt"

On this 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Star Trek. here's the newest ship in the fleet.
From Navy Times:
BATH, Maine — The nation's largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer will join the Navy with a crew that's the smallest of any destroyer built since the 1930s thanks to extensive automation.

The stealthy Zumwalt departed Wednesday from Bath Iron Works to head to its commissioning ceremony with a crew of 147 officers and sailors that was praised by their skipper for their preparation over the past three years to get the first-in-class warship ready for duty.
"On this ship, teamwork is at a premium. The three things this crew exemplifies is high level of technical expertise, great teamwork and then the toughness to get done what needs to get done," Capt. James Kirk said before the ship maneuvered down the Kennebec River to sea....

HT to, and headline from: MetaFilter.
The anniversary was even found worthy of comment at The Economist: 

"DO YOU have any advice for someone who wants to be an actor or actress" asked a little girl in the packed auditorium in New York’s Javits Centre. Forget being an actress, said William Shatner. “Be an astrophysicist!”, he shouted. The crowd roared with approval. The little girl’s question came at the end of Star Trek Mission, a three-day convention celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the television series set on a spaceship in the future—stardate 1312.4 to be exact. Mr Shatner played James Tiberius Kirk, the captain on the starship Enterprise in the original series. His answer clearly pandered to the science-fiction loving audience, but it also acknowledged the impact the series has had on science as well as society.

Fifty years ago tonight, Americans first heard the lines that opened each show: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilisations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”...