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Why ships collide

Posted August 26 by John Birmingham

Interesting bit in The New York Times about why it's more likely naval vessels will get into bingles than commercial ships:

Naval ships, designed to avoid detection by enemy fleets and aircraft, are exempt from an international requirement that vessels automatically and continuously broadcast their position, course and speed. They tend to have fewer lights than many commercial vessels, making them harder to pick out. They are painted gray to blend into the sea during wartime but become even more difficult to spot at night. And a growing number of modern naval vessels, including the John S. McCain, are designed to scatter incoming radar signals, so that they are less detectable...

...ships like the John S. McCain, a Burke-class destroyer, are considered among the Navy’s best examples of vessels with a smaller radar signature, according to several former officers. They are low to the waterline, with equipment masts tilted to the ship’s stern, rounded edges and no large “citadels” rising high off the deck, like those on cruisers

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WarDog is gonna tell you...

Posted August 26
:-) like the HMS Trident. Rereading Weapons of Choice after touring Pearl Harbour and rereading several deep dives and what ifs on the war in the Pacific is a hell of a lot of fun. If only the McCain could boost to 135 knots to get out of the way of the tanker.

John, when are we getting more WoC?

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Jeats ducks in to say...

Posted August 28
Another problem is the USN is seriously stretched right now with the 7th Fleet actually having no time put aside for training.

If you have a read on Reddit there are a few post in there which describe the levels of operational tempo on the sailors and how it is affecting simple things like time to get meals and sleep. If the sailors are sleep deprived as bad as what people are suggesting, then the ships are driven by drunken sailors.

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