Captain Kirk Will Command America's Newest Stealth DestroyerS

A man named James Kirk will be the captain of the $4bn USS Zumwalt, the first of America's new stealth destroyers. No, I am not making this up.

The Navy just launched the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers last week, as stated in this announcement. The ships have radar-reflecting hulls, advanced weapons systems for land and near-land (littoral) attacks, as well as an uncanny resemblance to the CSS Virginia from the Civil War.

The Navy also announced that the captain of the first of these Zumwalts is Captain James Kirk, who looks like this and probably talks like a normal person not. Like. How. The guy. On Star Trek. Does.

Captain Kirk Will Command America's Newest Stealth DestroyerS

See? Totally not a fictional character.

Let me conclude by saying that the USS Zumwalt is the biggest Destroyer America has ever built at 610 feet long and it's equipped with guided missiles. That's not quite as good as the NCC-1701 Enterprise, but it's something.

(Hat tip to PaulJones!)