Saturday, December 12, 2015

Other Naval News

Not as good as Midshipmen 21, Black Knights 17. Nice photo, however.
USNS Grapple tows USS Milwaukee, LCS-5, to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, VA, on Friday
11 December 2015. LCS-5 suffered an engine casualty while in transit. (Credit: Mike Morones/Staff)
ABOARD THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP MILWAUKEE, VIRGINIA CAPES – The littoral combat ship Milwaukee, the Navy’s newest ship, broke down Dec. 11 and had to be towed more than 40 nautical miles to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Virginia.

The ship suffered an engineering casualty while transiting from Halifax, Canada, to Mayport, Florida, and ultimately its home port of San Diego. The cause is being evaluated by ship’s crew and technical consultants.

Initial indications are that fine metal debris collected in the lube oil filter caused the system to shut down, according to a Navy statement provided to Navy Times. The cause of the metal debris in the lube oil system is not known and assessments are ongoing.

The ship was commissioned Nov. 21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has been making the long trek to San Diego through the Great Lakes since.

Problems with the propulsion plant began almost as soon as Milwaukee got underway from Halifax. The ship’s computer system triggered an alarm and the ship called away an engineering casualty.

Engineers cleaned out the metal filings from the lube oil filter and locked the port shaft as a precaution. In the early hours of Friday morning, the ship was conducting steering tests and lost lube oil pressure in the starboard combining gear due to the presence of the same metal filings in that filter.

The metal filings in the lube oil have not been a class-wide issue, according to the Navy.

The ship then dropped anchor while the engineers worked on the system. By mid-morning, the salvage ship Grapple rendezvoused with Milwaukee and connected a towing hawser line for the trip back to Little Creek.

The ship is currently manned by Crew 104, and was scheduled to swap with Crew 108 in Mayport. The crews will now swap in Virginia while the ship’s system is repaired.

News of the breakdown reached Capitol Hill by late Friday. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement to Navy Times that the plant issues were troubling and called for accountability.
"Blah blah blah blah blah-diddy blah bluh bluh blah blub blup blah," the platitudinous puke may also have said, but who could possibly care what issues from that old fool's beer hole?

1 comment:

mikey said...

Oh, I dunno. Metal filings in a primary propulsion shaft indicates some gawdawful shoddy vendors. With the F-35, the out of control drone program and some pretty poor SoF performances of late, we maybe ought to consider adopting a less aggressive posture lest we get our vaunted American asses kicked all the way back to Norfolk....