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Re: WW2 USN Shipboard equipment failures
I have posted before my observations from going through 1,000's of BuShips pages of destroyers that there were a lot of problems with the "new" electronics equipment being installed on destroyers and likely on the larger ships as well in 1941-42. The reliability of the new components was terrible. In 1942, destroyers with the "new" FD, SC and then SC-1 radars were required to submit monthly reports on the operation, performance, and failures of the systems onboard. Performance fell off over time as the components degraded. Spare parts were in short supply, and not many ... if any ... were kept onboard to repair a broken unit. Most ships restricted operation of radars to when it was really needed. Vibration, heat, and yes shock caused problems, but the components themselves were new and needed design refinements to make them last longer.
An interesting side note. When the Korean War mobilization resulted in a lot of ships being reactivated, the USN found that the well supplied stockpile of electronic spare parts put onboard mothballed ships, were basically useless junk after 4-5 years in mothballs.
Last night while watching the History channel "
Toys that made America" the Slinky was made by an engineer from coiled springs as answer during WW2 to prevent equipment breakdowns on navy ships. The engineer was trying out springs to asbord shock on equipment. The navy rejected the idea.So what equipment was effected by this?Was this caused
by ship's gunfire for bombardment or sea battles breaking vaccum tubes? How did they solve the problem. Any one hear about this?
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