Navy history. On a foggy night in September twenty-three U. Navy sailors lost their lives as seven Clemson-class destroyers crashed into the jagged rocks at Honda Point, just above Point Arguello. To this day, it is considered the largest naval disaster during peacetime in United States history. The hero, Remo Williams, is a master in Sinanju, a fabricated form of martial arts.
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These systems are supplemented by the SLQV 2 Electronic Warfare Suite, which includes passive detection systems and decoy countermeasures. Aircraft derivative gas turbines are used for both propulsion and ship service electrical power generation. A high degree of plant automation is achieved by an interconnected system of control consoles. Each Engine Room contains two LMs, one propulsion reduction gear to convert the high speed, low torque output of the gas turbine engine to low speed, high torque output suitable to drive the propulsion shafting, and the related support systems and equipment.
When viewed from the stern, the port shaft rotates counterclockwise and the starboard shaft clockwise, producing outward propeller rotation.
Since the GTEs cannot be reversed, the Controllable Pitch Propeller CPP system provides ahead and astern thrust by hydraulically positioning the pitch of the propeller blades. The GTGS are separated from each other by three watertight bulkheads for survivability. The DDG Class ships are specifically constructed from a survivability-enhanced design that affords passive protection to personnel and vital systems. This design provides protection against underwater shock, nuclear air blasts, fragment incursions into vital spaces, radar detection, electronic countermeasures, gun and missile attacks and a Chemical, Biological and Radiological CBR attack.
A comprehensive Collective Protection System guards against nuclear, chemical, or biological agents.
The ship's damage control features and constructional design make the DDG Class Destroyer the most "survivable" surface ship in the world. Extensive top-side armor is placed around vital combat systems and machinery spaces. The bulkheads are constructed of steel from the waterline to the pilot house. The bulkheads are designed with double-spaced plate construction for fragment protection.
The frontal plate causes fragments to break up and the backup plate stops the fragments from causing further damage to the interior of the ship. Othe Aegis combat system equipment rooms are protected by Kevlar shielding. And, topside weight is reduced by incorporating an aluminum mast.
Acoustic, infrared, and radar signatures have been reduced, and vital shipboard systems are hardened against electro-magnetic pulse and over-pressure damage. Sound isolators or "shock absorbers" have been placed on the reduction gears, giving the ship an added advantage when pursuing submarines. State-of-the-art propulsion and damage control systems are managed by an all-new data multi-plexing system.
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Ingalls Shipbuilding builds Aegis destroyers using modular techniques pioneered by the shipyard in the 's, and refined during two decades of assembly line construction of destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious assault ships. The ships also benefit from Ingalls' pioneered efforts to integrate advanced computer technology into ship design and construction.
The design process for ships built at Ingalls is accomplished using a three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design CAD system, which is linked with an integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing CAM production network of host-based computers and localized minicomputers throughout the shipyard.
Ingalls' system produces digital data used by the CAM equipment to electronically direct the operation of numerically-controlled manufacturing equipment cutting steel plates, bending pipe, and laying out sheetmetal assemblies, and supporting other manufacturing processes. The technology significantly enhances design efficiency, and reduces the number of manual steps involved in converting design drawings to ship components, improving productivity and efficiency.
During the construction of a DDG destroyer, hundreds of subassemblies are built and outfitted with piping sections, ventilation ducting and other shipboard hardware. These subassemblies are joined to form dozens of assemblies, which were then joined to form the ship's hull. During the assembly integration process, the ship is outfitted with larger equipment items, such as electrical panels, propulsion equipment, and generators.
The ship's superstructure, or "deckhouse," is lifted atop the ship's midsection early in the assembly process, facilitating the early activation of electrical and electronic equipment. When the ship's hull integration was complete, the ship is moved over land via Ingalls' wheel-on-rail transfer system, and onto the shipyard's launch and recovery drydock.
The Navy had 38 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in its force, under construction, or under contract as of April 21, , and planned to procure an additional 19 destroyers through the next decade, completing the 57 ship DDG program by procuring the remaining ships through fiscal year The Navy plans to build 12 ships between and which are planned to be delivered to the fleet without cooperative engagement or theater ballistic missile defense capability.
DDG 51 class ships were originally planned to be procured at a rate of five per year. A forty-five percent reduction in the procurement rate since the program began has resulted in higher unit costs, lower efficiency, poor overhead planning, and questionable viability of shipbuilders and key subcontractors.
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To mitigate the risks associated with industrial base stability, the Navy proposes building at a more constant rate of three DDG 51s per year. Completion of the Arleigh Burke destroyer program, along with the earlier procurement of Ticonderoga-class cruisers, will allow the Navy to achieve a force of 84 Aegis-capable surface combatants by fiscal year Class changes in production Flight IIA critical to littoral warfighting effectiveness include the incorporation of embarked helicopters SHR , an organic minehunting capability and the introduction of area theater ballistic missile defense capability to protect near coastal air-fields and seaports essential to the flow of forces into theater in time of conflict.
The first 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers have a helicopter deck but no hanger or embarked helicopters. This capability will be added for the remaining 29 ships of the class. The modifications require removal of Harpoon missile capability. The addition of a helicopter hangar and the upgraded baseline 6.
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Located aft of the after Vertical Launching System VLS , the hangar will be large enough to accommodate 2 SHF helicopters, support equipment, repair shops and store rooms. Modifications were also made for additional crew required for a helicopter detachment to deploy with the ship. The Navy intends to incorporate the ideas and technologies from Smart Ship into all 27 of its Ticonderoga class cruisers and 25 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, starting with DDG These ideas bring automation to maintenance, engineering, damage control, and bridge functions, saving the Navy money.
This will be the first installation of the Navy's newly developed ozone-friendly AC plant. Each ship will receive four plants. This plant, in addition to using an ozone-friendly refrigerant, offers significant improvements over the CFC AC plants currently used on DDGclass ships. DDG 51 Upgrades. Navy destroyers have historically been retired by 30 years of service. In recent force planning for ships, the Navy uses notional estimated service lives of 35 years for Aegis-capable cruisers and all current classes of destroyers.
Ships Name. Refueling operations commenced at approximately AM local time and were ongoing at the time of the terrorist attack. Initial reports were that the boat that came up alongside the Cole and exploded was part of the mooring operation. However, subsequently it appeared that the boat may have been launched from the shore and may have had no connection with the refueling operation. The explosion caused a foot by foot gash in the port left side of the ship. The explosion caused Cole to lose power and disabled all onboard communications assets.