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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Weekend Links

Here's are a few links people sent this week. I really do try to respond to my mail, but especially on my "long weeks" at work (four days instead of three) I don't get as much time to get back to people, particularly when it's nice enough to golf during my days off. Here's what I got:

1) An article about how USS Ronald Reagan reacted to running through the plume of radioactive contamination from the Japanese reactors. The Reagan's young Rad Health Officer is quoted extensively; I expect he took some crap from the nucs on board after the article came out.

2) What seems to be a pretty decent technical discussion about what went on inside the Fukushima Daiichu reactors. I'm not familiar enough with this design to say if it's accurate or not.

3) An inside look at the newest generation of drug-running submersibles.

4) USS Memphis (SSN 691) was decommissioned on Friday. She just returned from her final deployment last month. Pictures from the decommissioning ceremony can be found here.

5) After starting with a snowman on the opening par 3, I got 6 straight bogeys and finished with 2 double bogeys on my first round of golf of the year. Considering I hadn't hit a golf ball since November, I felt pretty good about it.


Blogger Vigilis said...

Russian nuke boat (K-152) CO to be court martialed with his "Bilge Engineer".

4/02/2011 6:27 PM

Blogger Caleb said...

The carrier link didn't work for me. I found this article from the same site, though.

4/03/2011 7:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The slides look technically accurate, more in depth than most. The environmental data and reporting is still lacking, as he points out at the end.

As far as the Ronny Raygun getting crapped up, it had to be expected. Sucks for those ELTs, NR is going to be crawling up their backsides for years to come. They should check through the records of certain CGNs that were in the Baltic during May 1986.

4/03/2011 7:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my ELT's from my days as CRA is right now on the Reagan helping with decon. He had been on "shore duty" too! At least he gets to experience life on a cruise ship for a while.

4/03/2011 8:17 AM

Anonymous NHSparky said...

Snowman on a par 3? That's the point where I would have just gone back to the clubhouse, grabbed a 12-pack (probably too cold for the cart girls) and tried beer per hole, 3 when you finish the turn.

Someone else driving the cart and the car home, of course. I think after a six-pack I could break a 51 on the front

4/03/2011 10:19 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the Rad Health Officer when he was a SPU ELT before he got his commission. He got his degree through the RPI program while a SPU. After hearing everything about the Reagan, I am sure that some of the stuff that has been put out publicly will get him a ton of crap by his wardroom buddies.

4/03/2011 11:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I was never on the Enterprise,if I remember correctly, back in the 60s it seems they had to decon the planes after they landed because their contamination levels due to bomb testing were above the limits.

4/03/2011 12:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The issue on the Reagan and to some extent on the GW is keeping the contamination in the ship out of the propulsion plant. Another issue is what exposure to give the crew. Typically there are around 450 people in the Reactor Department and about 650 people with TLD's if you include Engineering, V-4, and Combat Systems guys. The TLD's are for NNP exposure and what about the rest of the unmonitored crew? Uncharted territory here.

The RHO was a moron.

4/03/2011 1:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as what dose to document for the rest of the crew, wouldn't they have set up BAMS topside and throughout the ship at potential points of entry for the contamination?

4/04/2011 5:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the drug submarine: Maximum depth is listed at 62 feet. I'm not a submariner, but why wouldn't they use a scuba diving air mix to pressurize the internal volume, thus providing counter-pressure and increasing safe depth?

4/04/2011 12:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

regarding the drug submarine: Maximum depth is listed at 62 feet. I'm not a submariner, but why wouldn't they use a scuba diving air mix to pressurize the internal volume, thus providing counter-pressure and increasing safe depth?

Because the air has to be very clean to do that. Plus, if you want to go from the jungles of South America to the Yanqui customers, you're going to need a lot of it to go that far. Third, it would be a pretty complicated system to keep rebalancing the air pressure with keel depth.

4/04/2011 5:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1225 and 1752:

The simpler answer is that they don't need to do that yet - their current delivery conops is clearly working well enough for them. If we hit more shipments, they'll make the improvements necessary to move the product - with a corresponding boost in price at the point of sale.

4/04/2011 7:39 PM

Blogger Gforce said...

When asked by the amateur playing with him "how do you like my game", Arnold Palmer quipped "it's ok, but I prefer golf". Snowman on a par 3, gotta be an island green!

4/07/2011 2:54 PM


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