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(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Navy will soon take charge of the first in its newest, most advanced line of warships: the angular, tech-savvy — and expensive — USS Zumwalt.

The largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer in the Navy’s fleet, the USS Zumwalt will be part of an ambitious “Zumwalt-class” of destroyers planned since the 1990s, but not yet built.

At 610 feet long, the USS Zumwalt will be the largest destroyer in the Navy. The final cost to build the behemoth is expected to be at least $4.4 billion.

The official hand-off will take place from the Bath, Maine ship yard to the U.S. Navy on Friday, Navy officials confirmed to ABC News.

The USS Zumwalt has an unusual, imposing geometric design with sharp angles that keeps most of the exterior enclosed. Because of its lines and shape, it will be 50 times more difficult to detect on radar.

It’s also an energy-efficient machine, an “all-electric” ship powered by turbines.

“The quiet and economical design of the destroyers’ power system generates 100 percent of the energy needed for each vessel’s propulsion, electronics and weapons systems,” according to Raytheon, the company which designed many of the technologies and equipment on board the USS Zumwalt.

The destroyer also boasts a state-of-the-art weapon launcher designed to fire missiles for sea, land and air attacks, as well as an advanced gun system capable of striking targets over 70 miles away.

This video, posted by the U.S. Navy, shows a timelapse of the ship’s launch in 2013:

The ship is the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers the Navy will build.

The USS Zumwalt is named for Navy Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, who became the 19th Chief of Naval Operations in 1970. In more than 30 years with the Navy, Zumwalt served in World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars.

The ship that bears his name will be formally commissioned next October in Baltimore, Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer’s skipper, told Stars and Stripes.

The ship’s final home port will be San Diego, California.

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