Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The U.S. Navy's Newest Destroyer Suffers A Breakdown

Guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo

USNI News: Next-Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Sidelined for Repairs After Engineering Casualty

This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the second Zumwalt class guided missile destroyer. The correct spelling is Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001).

Less than a month ahead of its commissioning, the Navy’s next-generation destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) suffered an engineering casualty that could take up to two weeks to repair, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday.

The ship’s crew – currently pier side at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. – found the fault in the ship’s engineering plant on Sept. 19 ahead of at-sea tests. Zumwalt is now undergoing repairs that may take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks.

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WNU Editor: I love how the US Navy explains this .... the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) has suffered an "engineering casualty".

More News On The U.S. Navy's Newest Destroyer Suffering A Breakdown

Crew discovers leak on Navy's newest, most advanced destroyer while in Norfolk -- Virginia Pilot
Navy's Newest Destroyer to Remain in Virginia for Repairs -- AP
Zumwalt down for repairs at Norfolk -- Daily Press
USS Zumwalt Suffers Engineering Casualty -- The Maritime Executive
USS Zumwalt laid up for repairs before commissioning -- New Atlas


Jay Farquharson said...

"Engineering casualty" is actually quite telling.

It's not a mechanical breakdown, maintenence failure, system fault or system breakdown.

It's an "engineering casualty", in other words, basic design failure.

Between the LCS, the Ford, the Zumwalts and the Ageis Destroyer, the USN should get the Ranger and the Perry's back from the scrapyard before it's too late.

War News Updates Editor said...

Jay. You said it far better than how I can ever say it.

Anonymous said...

I'm reminded of a quote by OCP's Dick Jones, "Who cares if it doesn't work!"

Jay Farquharson said...

The scary thing is the USN is building new Nuke Subs.

Anonymous said...

It's really a testament to the pencil and slide ruler gang, they sure could design and build some cool stuff without the aid of computers...

Anonymous said...

It was not engineered to to spin the props while tied up to the dock and that was the flaw. When the ship was launched it had som really odd looking props on it. Those were temporary so the ship could do dock trials. The navy tried to do it with the permanent props and they turned up so much silt that it was sucked into the cooling system. As you know dirt is abrasive and it subsequently ate up the seals going into a lube oil cooling system. They will have flush the systems, replace and inspect seals.