The USS Zumwalt destroyer will be christened this coming Saturday with Captain James Kirk at the helm. No… not the character played by William Shatner, this is the real James Kirk.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Star Trek actor George Takei celebrated when he heard a James Kirk would captain the US Navy vessel the USS Zumwalt:

“The name of the captain of this new Zumwalt-class destroyer (the latest guided missile vessel to be deployed by the U.S. Navy) is…wait for it…James Kirk. Truly epic..”

The real Captain James Kirk received his commission as an officer at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and has served “as Executive Assistant to the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs and as an Action Officer on the Joint Staff.” Sorry, but he’s never spent any time on the real USS Enterprise as far as we’re aware. And, no, the executive officer is not named Spock. Instead, we’ll have Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Hickox filling that role (sans the pointy ears, we’d assume).


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