BATH, Maine (AP) - The Navy's top admiral sees a role for a stealthy warship under construction in Maine in the Asia-Pacific.
Adm. Jonathan Greenert is the chief of Navy operations. He says the 600-foot vessel fits into the new emphasis on bolstering the U.S. military presence in the Pacific in response to Asia's growing economic importance and China's rise as a military power.
He also said after touring a shipyard that the ship's stealth, new sonar system, strike capability and reduced crew size represent the Navy's future.
The Navy wasn't always so enthusiastic. Some Navy leaders wanted to kill the program because of its expense. The program was eventually truncated to three ships, all of which are being built at Maine's Bath Iron Works.
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