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Thursday, April 13, 2006

USS Florida Arrives In Kings Bay

USS Florida (SSGN 728) arrived in Kings Bay on Tuesday following a successful refuelling and conversion:

"Florida is the second Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine the Navy has reconfigured, replacing its 24 Trident missiles with nearly 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, switching the boat from a nuclear deterrent to a source of more conventional firepower in the global war on terrorism.
“We’ve taken the Trident submarine, which is a well proven design, and we’ve done great things with it,” said Florida’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Gregory Ott. “It’s a very flexible platform. We haven’t really built it just for today’s threat. We’ve built it so that it can be modified for whatever’s over the horizon that we can’t imagine.”
"The first in the class, the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) returned to the fleet in February, and two additional subs, USS Michigan (SSGN 727) and USS Georgia (SSGN 729), are currently undergoing conversion."

I'm continuing to be impressed that the naval shipyards are able to get these complex conversions done on schedule; this is the second shipyard (Puget Sound did USS Ohio's conversion) that's shown they can get a major project done on time. I think I'm going to have to change my expectations for the naval shipyards now from "places where schedules go do die" to "somewhat efficient hellholes".

(The picture above came from here; the Navy site also has some pictures of Florida leaving Norfolk Naval Shipyard here.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Michigan was supposed to be the 2nd SSGN completed, anyone know why/how the schedule changed?

4/13/2006 8:29 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My supposition would be that it was decided to perhaps correct some of the structural problems that Michigan has had for some years.

I talked to a friend of mine who now works at the PSNS and had been on the Michigan at the saem time I was (83-88) and he was telling me that they never really did fix some of the damage from the explosion.

There were a number of ballast tank and rudder issues casued by the "engineering casualty" that in my experience caused the boat to act a little funky underway, but I had always assumed that they had been fixed during an overhaul. But my conversation indicated that perhaps they had not been.

Dolphin Dave!

4/13/2006 2:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Florida is better than new, we tore the boat apart 3 years ago and put it together PER PLAN! Not slapped together the way EB built boats back in the 70's. NNSY kicked ass on this one.

4/29/2006 10:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was there for the entire overhaul as a part of machinery division. To clear up a few items. Florida was scheduled to be the second boat finished with the conversion. She entered NNSY before the Michigan entered PSNS. In any case, I think the credit for the on time finish of the conversion should really go to the crew. Very little of the project would have been accomplished on time without their support and push. Getting stuff done with NNSY was like pulling teeth. It was a constant battle to get those guys going sometimes. I will admit that they put a lot of work in as well and did a commendable job.

In any case.... just saying don't forget the crew, the guys who busted thier asses day in and day out with 120+ hour weeks for some of them.

5/18/2006 9:11 PM


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