Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Exquisite Art Of War By DDG1000

The Zumwalt performed exquisitely.

The future USS Zumwalt is guided into Portland harbor by tugboats before docking at the Ocean Gateway Terminal, Dec. 10, 2015 .
“We tested a very complex automated boat handling system right after clearing the sea buoy, we brought up the propulsion plant and, by afternoon of the first day, we were doing 32.8 knots and hard rudders,” Gale said. “It performed exquisitely.”

The money spent shows what a few billion dollars will do for naval attitude. The US Zumwalt Destroyer or AKA as DDG-1000, made headway with exuberant platitudes of excellence as suggested by the above quote.

"The “tumblehome” hull of the DDG 1000, which slopes inward as the ship rises out of the water, was designed to reduce detectability by radar, but some questioned the ship’s stability.
Notably, Rear Adm. James Downey said the ship accomplished full rudder swings, demonstrating less than eight degrees of list, IHS Jane’s Navy International reported."
At thirty-three knots equaling 37 miles per hour on land. The possibility of turning 15,000 tons on a dime suggests reckless behavior, but having only 8 degree list off the ocean horizontal is a remarkable feat. Just lean 8 degrees off your own vertical, as it can be done without much notice. The ship past the instability tests in remarkable fashion beating the unknown expectations that suggested it may flounder on hard turns. 
Quite the contrary, in came to life on hard turns.