Thanks for the photos of the launching out into the water.
It is a huge undertaking to get a ship or submarine ready to go into the water either when under construction or under repairs.
Obviously all of the below water holes must be plugged back up where they were cut in for access...tested..usually magnetic testing for good welds. X
ray testing if on a submarine.
All the sea valves...they need to be closed or open for operational machinery. This means hundreds of valves from big...to small. The status musts be
recorded and known on everyone of these valves open to the sea. Often locking/securing devices are put on many of them and this so recorded. The
status of these valves are updated and recorded daily.
Lines and other services not needed from shore facilities during launch are removed and plans made to re attach them when the ship is reberthed after
All this must needs be put in the launch plans and for which most of the public never knows or sees.
It is a huge undertaking just to get such an ship moved even that short distance to an outboard way...or pier side.
And I have not even mentioned an obvious need such as installing a gangway once she is berthed or tied up at the pier side location.
At some point more and more of the crews accommodations will be made ready... and the galley prepared and meals cooked. It is a great smell on a ship
when you have worked all night on the graveyard shift and smell the breakfast being prepared before you head home. Someone is getting up very very
early to get breakfast prepared while others get some more sleep.
When you think of the huge logistical undertaking just to get food and such cooking supplies/stores on board..it is mindboggling. I am talking about
food only here...but there are a multitude of other items which have to go on board and be properly stored and kept track of the proper locations
where they are stored...down to laundry soap for the washing machines...staples for the offices/paper clips, pens etc etc. A nations whole economy
goes into such an undertaking.
Shops and other facilities will be manned and made ready for operations. The machinery checkout and approved for use.
All the time this is being done people are being made ready and qualified on their shops and systems in readiness to go to sea.
Nonetheless it is a huge undertaking ..just to get her ready to go in the water...the short distance to the pier side.
I also noted when she was tied up to the piers ..the some 7 submarines tied up pier side and further out in the river. These appear to be deactivated
nuclear boats. Fast attacks and Boomers as well.
Interesting to me in some of the photos ..the neighboring dry docks with narrow keel block set ups in them. This is an obvious set up for a submarine
to be docked in them...or just removed from the dry dock. A surface ship will have keel blocks much more widely dispersed to take the weight along the
bottom of the hull. A submarine has a narrow round hull and the blocks must match accordingly to support the weight.
Submarines also have a very large weight along a narrow number of keel blocks by design. This means that a dry-dock must needs take and sustain a lot
of weight along a narrow corridor of keel blocks. Many dry docks will not sustain the narrow weight along keel blocks of a submarine....particularly
a boomer submarine...or missile launching submarine. These boats in particular are quite heavy along a narrow corridor of keel blocks
On a large surface ship the weight is dispersed among a wider spread and number of keel blocks. Not so with a submarine.
This tells me that those dry docks are particularly reinforced on the bottoms for submarine weight.
Will be interesting to know how the sea trials go when she puts to sea.
Thanks again for the photos,
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