The USN has ordered the first two Zumwalt Class ships for $1.4 billion each, roughly Â£700 million, about the same or less than a Type 45! http://www.defencetalk.com/news/pub...cts_for_Zumwalt_Class_Destroyers120015077.php "DDG 1000 has been in design, development and demonstration for almost six years. The Navy has successfully, on cost and on schedule, built and tested the 10 critical technologies that provide the capabilities future ships need. The ship's detail design effort is also on cost and on schedule, and will be more complete at the start of construction next year than any other previous surface warship. This achievement is a testament to the close cooperation between both shipyards, and also between the Navy and industry." However, I have to say that it is an odd sounding name!