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USS Bremerton Visits Subic Bay On Final Tour

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4 hours ago, Jake said:

Too bad it doesn't appear to have any weapons to protect itself, like a couple of CIWS (close in weapons system):

 

I suspect that by the time the catamaran type design was modified to be suitable for use in a wider variety of situations you'd end up with something similar to a smaller varient of Austal's Independence class littoral combat ship which Austal have as a design concept already.

 

https://www.austal.com/ships/austal-multi-role-vessel

 

 

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3 hours ago, GeoffH said:

 

I suspect that by the time the catamaran type design was modified to be suitable for use in a wider variety of situations you'd end up with something similar to a smaller varient of Austal's Independence class littoral combat ship which Austal have as a design concept already.

 

https://www.austal.com/ships/austal-multi-role-vessel

 

 

I didn't realize that AUSTAL AMERICA had its humble beginnings in Australia.  You Aussie were the original designer and builder of our latest LCS class warships.  Gotta love them Aussies!

Speaking of which, I remember making a port visit to Perth, a year after Australian II beat the crap out of Dennis Conner's.  That was the year 1983 when the AMERICA's CUP race down in Fremantle resulted in the Aussie 12 meter boat taking the CUP.  Your secret -- that winged keel that made AUSTRALIA II faster downwind.

Yeah, you guys know fluid dynamics especially catamaran and trimarans slipping through the water.  Well done!

 

 

 

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On 3/3/2018 at 12:39 AM, earthdome said:

Any of you guys serve on the Bremerton? 

i served as a civilian nuclear engineer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that refueled the Bremerton.  

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2 hours ago, Jake said:

Yeah, you guys know fluid dynamics especially catamaran and trimarans slipping through the water.  Well done!

Austal certainly were ahead of the game when it came to high speed catamarans and trimarans built in aluminium but the Chinese seem to have either copied (or obtained some other way) a lot of the design technology for these types of craft and they're now producing significant numbers of light vessels using similar hulls to the earlier Austal hulls, the catamaran types more than the trimaran types from memory (but even so a bit of a worry).

2 hours ago, Jake said:

Gotta love them Aussies!

The bulk of the heavy lifting is still done (and will continue to be done) by US forces but with increased defense spending, 2 LHD Amphibious ships, 3 Aegis destroyers, 9 heavy Frigates, 12 submarines and 12 offshore patrol vessels plus support vessels either recently completed or due to be completed during the next decade(ish) we're at least moving the right way for the first time in a long time.

2 hours ago, Jake said:

that winged keel that made AUSTRALIA II faster downwind.

That was quite controversial at the time I remember but these days all sorts of high tech keels and much more are accepted.

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