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Sunday, November 20, 2005

USS Ohio On Sea Trials?

Word on the street is that USS Ohio (SSGN 726) might be out on the sea trials mentioned in this Navy Times story. Contributing to this information, Photios had mentioned that he was going out on Ohio's sea trials soon, and now he reports that "business takes (him) away".

Good luck to everyone on board...


Anonymous EW3 said...

Isn't Ohio due to be "recommissioned"(?) sometime in November?

Another question for the knowledgeable folks on this site. I gather that Ohio will not actually rejoin the fleet till 2007. Just curious what she will be doing till then. Generalities are fine ;)

11/21/2005 4:44 AM

Blogger submandave said...

A ship cannot be "recommissioned" unless it had previously been decomissioned. My guess is there will be some sort of formal "redisignation" ceremony (if it hasn't already happened) to officially mark the change from SSBN to SSGN.

I would imagine the process for Ohio will be similar to new construction. This first sea trial will concentrate on just ensuring the hull integrity and propulsion plant operation and reliability. They will com back in, fix whatever needs to be fixed and then go out on a second trial that will focus on recertifying all the systems that were affected or added (HP air, LP air, HVAC, diesel, sonar, etc.). After resolving any issues that may come about from those I anticipate they will go through a third sea trials that will test the tactical systems (VLS, LILO, DDS etc.). Finally, after all testing is done and possibly a brief post-overhaul availability for last minute repairs, modifications and work orders the ship can start on their operational certifications, including TLAM and SpecWar operations, the latter of which will involve a great deal of learning and rewriting the procedures for both the SSGN and the SEALs, as these operations haven't been conducted by such a large platform since the Kamahameha was decommed (~ late '90s?). Rest assured they'll be busy and the 2007 time frame is quite realistic.

11/21/2005 10:37 AM

Anonymous supersoniksnail said...

The SSBN designation died the day we pulled in the yards. I don't know if it was official, but our ball caps, name badges, and ship's letterhead all said SSGN right off the bat. I think my seperation orders had SSGN on them to.

11/21/2005 10:06 PM

Blogger Photios said...

Hi. I'll write a bit about the USS Ohio after completing the second sea trial. There are two, with the first being primarily for hull and engineering issues. I have a couple of complaints about how they (the ship) handled it, but so far, so good.

The second trial will cover NPES, incl. Navigation, Sonar, weapons, etc.

And, I have no idea whot the hell thought of the arrangments in SOF berthing. Horrible!



11/26/2005 7:28 PM


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