Shiny new Navy Combat Ship thumps into a moored freighter

Damage is on the starboard

❝ BTW…I learned from one of the several articles about this that the US Navy calls crunchy fenders a “collision” only if both vessels are in motion. This is an “allision” because the Littoral Attack Ship thumped into another ship moored in place. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Shiny new Navy Combat Ship thumps into a moored freighter

  1. Ahoy says:

    “The Navy’s USS Gabrielle Giffords and the Future of Work” (The Atlantic, July 2019 issue)
    “…The LCS was the first class of Navy ship that, because of technological change and the high cost of personnel, turned away from specialists in favor of “hybrid sailors” who have the ability to acquire skills rapidly. It was designed to operate with a mere 40 souls on board—one-fifth the number aboard comparably sized “legacy” ships and a far cry from the 350 aboard a World War II destroyer. The small size of the crew means that each sailor must be like the ship itself: a jack of many trades and not, as 240 years of tradition have prescribed, a master of just one.
    …On the bridge, five crew members do the jobs usually done by 12, thanks to high-tech display screens and the ship’s several thousand remote sensors. And belowdecks, once-distinct engineering roles—electrician’s mate, engine man, machinist, gas-turbine technician—fall to the same handful of sailors.”

    • nicknielsensc says:

      Only 40 where 200 would normally be? Those sailors are going to need massive amounts of sleep AND coffee. Crew spaces had better be staterooms instead of bunks.

  2. Another Fine Navy Day says:

    The commanding officer of a Navy littoral combat ship that struck a moored merchant ship in the St. Lawrence River in Montreal has been removed from duty “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the service said Monday.
    Cmdr. Michael Johnson was relieved of command Friday of the yet-to-be-commissioned Billings LCS’s blue crew, said Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, a spokeswoman for the Norfolk, Va.-based Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
    The firing by Capt. Shawn Johnston, the chief of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 2, came one week after the Billings collided with the cargo ship Rosaire A. Desgagnes.
    … The Billings was being assisted by two tugboats when its starboard side made contact with the cargo ship, the U.S. Naval Institute reported last week. It was not clear whether a local pilot or a member of the Billings’ crew was in control of the ship at the time of the incident, according to USNI, which first reported Johnson’s removal.
    Johnson had commanded the Billings’ blue crew — one of two crews that man the ship — since June 2018. He was assigned temporarily to a staff position with Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 2.

  3. Ahoy says:

    “Big Navy Frigate Risks Oversized $1.4 Billion Cost Per Ship”
    The Navy truncated orders for its ill-fated Littoral Combat Ship because the small vessels were vulnerable to attack and too lightly armed. Now, a new report suggests that the frigate intended to replace it may cost 56% more than projected partly because it’s bigger.
    The service projects that 18 of 20 new frigates will cost an average of $940 million each in inflation-adjusted dollars. The first two are estimated at about $1 billion each because of one-time costs.
    The frigate, to be equipped with guided missiles, is intended as a better-armed and more survivable successor to the Littoral Combat Ship, which detractors called the “Little Crappy Ship.” Nonetheless, the Navy has 35 of them on contract.
    …At a confirmation hearing on Thursday, Kenneth Braithwaite, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the administration’s goal of a 355-ship fleet over the next decade, up from 299 today, should be a minimum and “hopefully we build beyond that” despite budget constraints.
    In written answers to the committee, Braithwaite said the future fleet should shift to fewer large surface platforms, more small surface combatants, a greater reliance on lightly manned or unmanned ships and “an ample submarine force.”

    • Unsat says:

      “Navy says 32 ‘key reliability issues’ plague its littoral combat ship fleet”
      “…In 2020, the Navy asked Congress to let it retire the first four LCS hulls. These ships were built as research and development models and differ from ships built later. The Navy did not get what it asked for — but it will retire the first two ships this year. San Diego-based Independence and Freedom will decommission July 31 and Sept. 30, respectively, the Union-Tribune first reported last month.
      This year, the Navy is again asking Congress to let it decommission even more littoral combat ships. Coronado and Fort Worth are back on the chopping block. Joining them are Detroit, commissioned in 2016 and Little Rock, commissioned in 2017. Both are Freedom-class ships that have had issues with their propulsion systems.
      The Navy will open its checkbook for 13 more littoral combat ships for a total of 35, including the ones bound for early decommissioning.”
      “The Navy Now Wants To Retire The First Four Of Its Troublesome Littoral Combat Ships
      These are exceptionally young ships to be pulled from service, underlining just how problematic and useless they truly are.” (2/10/20)

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