reply to post by tommyb98201
Submarines are actually capable of doing certain tasks of which satellite intelligence gathering cannot.
Also certain types of equipment or machines, when they breakdown after along aging period, become more expensive to maintain than to build a new one
or a new type. This is true of tanks, airplanes, and other machines as well and not just submarines. By the keeping of careful records it has been
determined that maintaining becomes cost prohibitive verses building a new type or a new one with updated capabilities.
What happens as a item like this ages...is that they spend more time tied up to the piers/dry docks or in the case of airplanes...more time on the
ground or hangers than in the air. This is known information's accumulated over the years by experience.
With many aged ships and boats they have actually contracted for certain work and when they put the ships/boats in dry dock..upon disassembly
discovered that their problems and structural failures are more extensive than that for which was originally contracted. Decisions are then made as to
how much moneys to spend for repairs verses scrapping or decommissioning. A very very serious decision on a boat or ship with a nuclear reactor. Not
as easy to decommission as a conventional ship/boat.
The USS Saratoga final overhaul is just such an example. This ship was brought in for overhaul and the problems encountered were far more extensive
than were in the original contract. Cost overuns were very high. Most of this was kept out of the public eye.
The F 15 Eagle aircraft right up the road from me at Langley Air Force Base were spending more time on the ground and in hangers than in the air
verses when they were first built. We know this about our daily vehicles as they age as well.
It was the same with the Navy's F 14 Tomcats before they were phased out. More time under repairs than flying. Submarines are no different.
One of the last of our diesel powered submarines became so dangerous in its old age. When an accident finally occurred on her ...as I recall someone
was killed. They quickly decommissioned her due to the extent of the damage.. She was long past due for being decommissioned.
I think this last diesel class boat was called the Bonefish. Some of the sailors on this thread can probably furnish more details than can I.
Here she is or a likeness of her on this thread.
Click on the USS Bonefish SS-582 link. Scoll down to the bottom of the page for the damage/fire paragraph back in 1988.
The USS John F Kennedy was the same before they took her out of service..just plain olde worn out. To much money needed to repair her satisfactorily
verses decomissioning. They had the example of the USS Saratoga to measure the deccision to take her out of service.
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