Among all the US navy warships, the USS Destroyer is a formidable and flexible class of its own.
The USS Destroyer has multi-mission capabilities. It can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and replenishment groups. It is capable of engaging targets on, above and below the surface. It is loaded with anti-ballistic missile capabilities as well.
The USS Destroyer can take a crew of more than 350 sailors. Its 4 gas turbine engines can reach a maximum speed of more than 30 knots. Its all-steel construction ensures a survivable platform.
To top it all, the USS Destroyer is equipped with the most advanced radar and sonar systems, which allow it to engage targets in the air, on the sea and underwater.
This state-of-the-art radar system scans in all directions simultaneously and can ensure no carrier, cargo/supply ship or oil tanker proceeds into an area where enemy action is possible.
Simply put, the USS Destroyer provides the crew with total situational awareness.
Sadly on 21 August 2017, the USS Destroyer collided with an oil tanker, which is more than three times its size near Singapore waters.
The collision tore a hole in the Destroyer’s port side at the waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area. Ten sailors are missing.
It stumps the US navy. How could this happen?
The same question was asked among the Philistines.
Goliath was an outstanding formidable warrior of the Philistine army. He stood over nine feet tall. That is to say, he was almost two feet taller than the Chinese basketball player Yao Ming. He would not even have to jump in order to put a basketball into the basket. All he would have to do is reach up and slam it down.
This awesome looking Goliath was no skinny giant either. He was strong. He had to be. Just look at the armour he wore. The armour protecting his chest and back weighs 125 pounds. And the weapon he carried is a heavy spear. The point of his spear itself weighs 15 pounds. Judging just from his armour and weapon alone, Goliath was super strong.
Goliath had all the makings of a “destroyer.”
But the “destroyer” was destroyed with just a stone from the sling of a shepherd boy.
What are the “Goliaths” in your life?
Don’t let the frightening appearance of Goliath or “Destroyer” paralyze you into thinking they are unbeatable or indestructible.
Always carry with you, those 5 stones in your sling or I should say, these 5 words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:13.
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me.”