Former local man aboard BIW ship

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BATH – A 1998 Lewiston High School graduate and Lewiston native is serving aboard one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced ships, the destroyer Zumwalt (DDG 1000), currently under construction at Bath Iron Works.

Chief Petty Officer Brian L. Carpenter is the electrical division leading chief petty officer aboard the Zumwalt, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016. Once the Zumwalt is commissioned, it will receive the familiar United States Ship (USS) designation and become USS Zumwalt.

Longer than two football fields, the ship is 80 feet wide and weighs more than 15,000 long tons when fully loaded. Twin gas turbine engines can push the ship through the water at more than 30 knots. Zumwalt is named in honor of Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations, the Navy’s most senior uniformed officer, from 1970-1974.

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