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Surface Forces: Burkes Bust Bulkheads In Heavy Seas
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October 21, 2007: The U.S. Navy has discovered that all of its 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are subject to bent bulkhead (the metal walls that separate watertight compartments) beams in the bow (front of the ship) because the ships, when slamming through high waves in stormy weather, and carrying maximum load, put too much pressure on those metal parts. As these ships return from sea, they are being examined, and metal parts found to be bent, are repaired and  reinforced, to prevent that from happening again. The bent bulkheads make the ship more likely to sink if it is damaged (by a missile, or running into a rock or another ship).

 

The Arleigh Burkes began entering service in 1991, and cost about a billion dollars each. These 9,200 ton ships are the largest "destroyers" ever built, and carry two helicopters, plus 90 vertical cells for launching anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine or cruise missiles. There are also  six torpedo tubes, two 20mm Phalanx anti-missile guns, and one five inch gun. Also carried is the Aegis radar system, which can be configured for dealing with ballistic missiles. These destroyers weigh as much as World War II cruisers, and possess far more firepower.

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Nanheyangrouchuan       10/21/2007 2:35:27 PM
Only the best gear for our fighting men and women.
 
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RockyMTNClimber    Problem found.....   10/22/2007 11:28:07 AM

Only the best gear for our fighting men and women.


Problem solved. No big deal.
 
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KlubMarcus       10/22/2007 7:16:35 PM
You aren't supposed to slam through rough seas under full load. You slow down or steer around.
Only the best gear for our fighting men and women.


 
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ens. jack    Boring   10/23/2007 11:40:08 AM
Whats the fun in that?
 
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xylene       10/23/2007 1:46:36 PM

You aren't supposed to slam through rough seas under full load. You slow down or steer around.

Only the best gear for our fighting men and women.

Exactly, take any ship and start pounding into waves at full speed and you will have this problem. If there are rough seas and bad weather , try to avoid it. No sense going straight into it if you don't need to. In war time, sure push the vessel to it's limits, but in peacetime, no sense in ruining equipment.



 
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KlubMarcus       10/28/2007 10:23:59 AM

Whats the fun in that?


About as much fun filing the paperwork and making reports to your superiors about why your ship has to go into the shipyard for $$$ work. Then having other ship's crews make fun of you for lousy seamanship.
 
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