A few weeks ago, I noted that the U.S. Navy’s latest ship, a high-tech destroyer named the U.S.S. Zumwalt, sprung a leak on its maiden voyage.

Now, it seems that there isn’t enough money to fuel its big guns.

The U.S. Navy is slated to cancel the projectiles for the two big guns that outfit its newest and most advanced warship due to excessive costs that total an estimated $800,000 per round.

The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile, or LRLAP, is the only guided precision ammunition designed to be fired by the USS Zumwalt, a land-attack destroyer that was created to hold two 155 millimeter/62-caliber Advanced Gun Systems that could, according to defense contractor Lockheed Martin, “defeat targets in the urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage,” Defense News reported.

The announcement comes just two weeks after the U.S. Navy commissioned the warship.

You would have thought that the smart set in charge of the budget would have accounted for the price-per-round before approving the project. Here is how the destroyer was suppose to work:

…The Zumwalt-class destroyers were conceived in the late 1990s as the first of a new generation of stealthy warships. The radar signature of the 610 foot long warship is that of a 50-foot fishing boat, making the Zumwalts great for getting in close to an enemy coastline and then using the 155-millimeter Advanced Gun Systems mounted on the front of the hull. The guns were designed to fire the advanced Long Range Land Attack Projectile, a GPS guided shell with a range of 60 miles.

The result would have been a destroyer that could rain shells down on enemy targets incredible accuracy, clearing a path for U.S. Marines as they advance inland. Alternately, they could strike targets such as terrorist training camps, military bases, and other static targets. Each Advanced Gun System is fed by a magazine containing 600 rounds of the ammunition, making it capable destroying hundreds of targets at a rate of up to ten per minute.

The guns on this high-tech marvel were suppose to be the largest used on a warship since World War II and are critical to the Zumwalts’ mission as land-attack destroyers. U.S. Navy officials indicate alternative projectiles will be developed.

Meanwhile, Americans can rest at ease knowing that the U.S. Navy has issued its official booklet detailing its transgender policy.

A new 12-page handbook released by the Navy today describes in detail when and how a sailor can complete a gender transition, down to how transgender sailors can participate in urinalysis tests and when it is appropriate to wear clothing of a preferred gender during visits to foreign ports.

The guidance also contains a caution for sailors hoping to transition: they will be expected to pass the physical fitness requirements of their preferred gender immediately on transition, and are expected to take the initiative to train to those standards in advance.

For those of you interested, the full 69-page implementation policy is here…free of charge.

But no matter what your gender, guns on the ships don’t work without ammunition!