Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by rjb, Sep 28, 2018.
The link above is about re-naming the program and putting "Security" in there to punctuate the National Security significance of the program that has been losing funding over the years.
“When we talk about icebreaking capability, that doesn’t sell very well to all audiences,” Rear Adm. Melvin Bouboulis, the Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics, said during the recent American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium.
“We understand that some folks think it just goes and breaks ice, but we’ve purposely changed the name of that program to Polar Security Cutter because it is really the U.S. presence in the Arctic regions and preserving our national interest and security in those areas.”
By the way, those are 16'-0" diameter, controllable pitch screws. In case you were wondering.
And they go out when every one else goes in. Thank God for the Coast Guard.
"Well, Mr. Stello, in the Coast Guard they say you gotta go out. But they don't say you gotta come back in. That's regulation, you know."
Semper Paratus, Coasties!
"By the way, those are 16'-0" diameter, controllable pitch screws. In case you were wondering."
Okay...I don't know why I'm surprised by that statement: I'm an engineer, a sailor (okay, full disclosure: the largest vessel I've conn'd is a 51' ketch in the Atlantic) and a pilot, fully conversant with variable pitch. But I guess I just never thought of the application of them on a ship; although after reading this, the advantages...it really was obvious!
Thanks for sharing that!!
Actually, I believe that they are Controllable REVERSIBLE Pitch Propellers (CRP) as the actual definition of Controllable Pitch Propellers is not what most people believe.
She also has her own dive locker and portable decompression chamber.
She can break ice up to 1.4 meters thick at 3 knots. If she backs up, rams, and gets on top of it, she can break ice that is 2.44 meters (EIGHT FEET) thick.
I am sitting in my dining room right now, looking at this space with an 8'-0" ceiling, and it's hard to imagine a ship breaking ice that thick.
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