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Re: Take note of what your wrote Ralph.
CODAG is not revolutionary... Found one article on a Danish frigate that got it in 1968. It's only "revolutionary" to us, somehow. More's the pity.
Now now you love all the revolution without the evolution. Let us see if Ford delivers on the cost savings born out efficient operations. Time will tell. Doubt it but one never knows. LCS and Ford did accomplish one thing. They wore the heck out of the remaining fleet.
It is strange about Detroit for they usually deploy with highly paid civilian techs to avoid these occurrences. Vacation maybe?
What is interesting is that CODAG propulsion systems have been in use in both civilian and military ships in other navies for years, while only ours seem to have problems. The Fort Worth casualty was caused by the crew themselves, and an article I read on that seemed to blame the Navy for introducing unfamiliar newfangled technology to engineering departments comfortable with different, more familiar systems. So, the moral of that is...let's not do anything new... (Or, is it...our sailors are too dumb to learn new things? This I seriously doubt!)
Still, Fort Worth was the only one of these casualties which was self-inflicted. The rest appear to be a poor design. The moral of THAT would then be...our shipyards are too dumb to design new things...?? (And as I started this post...this isn't really a new thing. CODAG does fine elsewhere.)
In the words of Beatty..."There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today!"
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