MORE PROBLEMS: SOS: America’s Newest Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Suffers Breakdown At Sea (zerohedge)

MORE PROBLEMS: SOS: America’s Newest Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Suffers Breakdown At Sea (zerohedge)

SOS: America’s Newest Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Suffers Breakdown At Sea

by Tyler Durden

A significant manufacturing error on the U.S. Navy’s newest multi-billion dollar nuclear-powered aircraft carrier abruptly ended the vessel’s shakedown cruise at the beginning of this year, Bloomberg reports.

In January, the $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) aircraft carrier experienced a propulsion system failure, during a period of intense performance tests. The shakedown cruise simulates working conditions for the vessel, which is typical for new ships. According to an internal Navy memo obtained by Bloomberg, the ship’s crew noticed a temperature increase of “92 degrees Fahrenheit above the trust bearing temperature setpoint.”

A thrust bearing is a critical component of the propulsion system of a vessel. It transfers the propulsive energy from the propeller to the ship’s hull, allowing the propeller to push the boat forward. According to the memo, “after securing the equipment to prevent damage, the ship safely returned to port.”

In other words, the +90,000 ton, nuclear-powered vessel experienced a catastrophic failure of its propulsion system. Luckily, the failure occurred on a shakedown cruise and not in enemy waters, because, the ship would have been a sitting duck. The memo said “prevent damage,” that is an indication that engineers advised the captain to shut off the propeller that was connected to the malfunctioning thrust block. This would have resulted in a tremendous reduction of speed as the vessel returned to port.

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SOS: America’s Newest Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Suffers Breakdown At Sea

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