Those of us who used to watch a Navy that believed firmly in applying the paint to the hull often and repeatedly, still find ourselves a little shocked at what our dismal running-rust abortion of a Navy is turning into. That ship is blackened by its own engine exhaust but God Forbid you try to light up onboard. I'm sure that's a super healthy vaporized metal filled ship because somewhere on that dingy hull are the air intakes that supply 'fresh' air to the crew.
|It was named after one of the fairest cities in America and look at it now|
My guess is there is nowhere for the bosuns to hang their scaffolding so that they can paint the sides and the inward leaning sides can't be reached from a boat in the water...like we did on CVA59(FID)ReplyDelete
You are no doubt quite right. Me? I look at it from the BM point of view and I'm sure they're standing around muzzling through it and figure with a couple hundred feet of line and like a 60 foot wooden plank with wheels on the edge they could lower their seamen all day a foot or two at a time and cover the whole hull in haze grey. I just don't think anyone will let them by the rope to wrap around the stack and tophamper.Delete
are they using iron ball RAM paint now days???ReplyDelete
On my ship DD-986, the RAM was quite useless and never prevented the NSSMS fire control radar from locking on to own ship's turbines from reflected energy down the uptakes. I had to hit "Drop Track/Break Track" all the time during exercises.ReplyDelete
LCSes! We hates them! We hates them forever!ReplyDelete
They are utterly useless as warships. They can't hunt down the enemy, escort battle groups or merchant vessels and can't find a submarine or engage attacking aircraft. Very sad.Delete
The Navy screwed up and put Navy Labs in charge of building the modules and Navy Labs are infamous for taking a job that a contractor could do in a month and turning it into a life's work and spending every penny they ever got with absolutely no requirement to show what they spent it on. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Centers were about the worse but I dealt with NAVSEA Combatant Craft and those guys were an enormous pain the ass. One of them went so far as ordering complete sets of armor in specially NAVSEA designed forms that we couldn't/wouldn't put on the boats because the addition of that much weight topside would have the boats flipping over the instant they turned the steering wheel. Nobody at NAVSEA, no naval architect ever sat down and ran the numbers to see what that much weight that high above the water line would do to the righting moment. Stupid useless drones.
I find it disturbing that something 2/3 the size of a CLEVELAND, is only armed with an optically aimed 57mm gun.Delete