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The US Navy reported on the improvement of the safety of submarines after the story of falsified tests of the used steel

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It has recently become known that metallurgists from Washington state have for decades provided false data on the strength tests of steel used in the manufacture of submarines for the US Navy. The naval department reported that they had worked on the safety of submarines. But at the same time, the Navy did not spread about specific measures, nor did they talk about which submarines were built from low-quality steel.


Navy spokesman Alan Baribo stressed that the safe operation of the submarines was ensured through careful analysis of materials and a number of other measures. As noted in the Navy, a variety of external influences on newly built ships were analyzed. Now the Navy has raised the quality standards for the materials it uses.

As it turned out, the test results were falsified from 1985 to 2017. At least half of the steel produced for the needs of the Navy at the facility in Washington state was verified by these tests. The purpose of the tests was to test the strength of steel in the event of a collision of a boat with an object or military action. The director of the metallurgical shop at the foundry E. Marie Thomas was brought to justice. It was she who issued the certificates of conformity.

The US Navy incurred additional costs due to falsified tests, the naval department said. Now the fleet will be more responsible in analyzing the quality of materials provided by suppliers.

The guilty person faces up to 10 years in prison and a $ 1 million fine. But the US Department of Justice plans to recommend a lower prison sentence. This decision is due to the fact that the falsification of the tests was not the result of fraudulent activities. It is stated that Marie Thomas admitted "negligence in the performance of duties." In addition, the supplier agreed to pay $ 10,9 million for the inconvenience.

In the United States itself, experts, commenting on the adoption of measures, suggest that the staff of inspectors and issuing certificates of conformity may additionally expand. This, as noted, may have the opposite effect - for example, a corruption component will appear.
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  1. alex neym_2
    alex neym_2 7 January 2022 17: 00
    +8
    Making a marriage and getting super profit at the same time is a common thing all over the world and there is no such control that cannot be bought ... it's all about quantity - in one word, "Quality gradually turns into quantity" ...
    1. Seryoga64
      Seryoga64 7 January 2022 17: 12
      +3
      Quote: aleks neym_2
      and there is no such control that cannot be bought ..

      Exactly
    2. Timon2155
      Timon2155 7 January 2022 20: 24
      +4
      Firstly, I cannot imagine how the consequences of using steel with characteristics worse than specified in the design documentation can be mitigated. Except that reducing the load on the hull = decreasing the immersion depth. Apparently, therefore, they do not specify the measures taken)))
      Secondly, do they really have no incoming quality control of the supplied materials? Is it all about trusting the certificate? Complete nonsense, if so. I immediately remember the anecdote about "Gentlemen take their word for it!"))))
  2. Cat Alexandrovich
    Cat Alexandrovich 7 January 2022 17: 13
    +2
    Will they be withdrawn, as is customary in the West?
    1. COJIDAT
      COJIDAT 8 January 2022 01: 23
      +1
      "Zumwalt" is an obvious victim)))
  3. Thrifty
    Thrifty 7 January 2022 17: 21
    +2
    And what about submarines built of low-quality steel? Will the maximum immersion depth be changed for safety reasons in the direction of its decrease? How will corrosion affect those submarines, will they not have to be inspected more often?
  4. Real Pilot
    Real Pilot 7 January 2022 18: 23
    +2
    Quote: Cat Alexandrovich
    Will they be withdrawn, as is customary in the West?

    And to write off, to write off for scrap! bully

    All sailors to the Maidan: they will not go to sea in "low-quality steel coffins"!
    All boats are melted down, we are against manufacturing defects ...
  5. Chief Officer Lom
    Chief Officer Lom 7 January 2022 21: 28
    +1
    How did you find that? By the discrepancy with the calculated nature of the destruction of the boat, which was damaged in the South China Sea?
  6. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 7 January 2022 21: 40
    -1
    As a former cop, I am very interested in how it can be that a person for 20 years has been negligent?))) How could the prosecutor sign such nonsense?)))
    1. just exp
      just exp 7 January 2022 22: 19
      -1
      32 years from 85 to 2017
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 7 January 2022 22: 27
        +1
        I put it figuratively - 20 years or 30 years is not so important. The important thing is that this is sheer nonsense. Another example is that matrasolande, "all are equal before the law"))) only some, much more even than everyone else. It is necessary to be able to convert a deliberate crime into negligence.
  7. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 7 January 2022 21: 41
    0
    I don’t understand, Marie Thomas has been analyzing the quality of steel for 32 years? lol
    1. Pattor
      Pattor 7 January 2022 23: 03
      0
      She is the director of the metallurgical department of the plant. So she must know what she is melting. So there was a contract with the Quality Control Department and acceptance)
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 7 January 2022 23: 24
        0
        I mean, Marie Thomas was the last to be handed out. She was responsible for the tests for 32 years, there were no previous ones.
  8. Pushkowed
    Pushkowed 7 January 2022 23: 59
    0
    ... reported on improving the safety of submarines ...
    It sounds like they found out that the boats built from counterfeit steel were even better than the usual ones. Although it can't be.

    ... worked on the safety of submarines. <...> the safe operation of submarines was ensured through a thorough analysis of materials and a number of other measures. <...> various external influences on newly built vessels were analyzed.
    That is, in fact, the work to improve security was "paper". It seems to be a logical and natural step. Because nothing else can be done here. They do not spread about the results of their "work". For a certain "increase" is possible only for future boats. And for those already built - the maximum possible secret instructions for the commanders in the spirit of "your boat is worse than it is considered; this and this - not to do!". And even that is not a fact. The commander can blurt out who he shouldn't. For example, a team.

    ... did not expand on specific measures ...
    Because, by and large, there can be only one measure here - to admit the inferiority of the boats.

    ... did not talk about which submarines were built from low-quality steel.
    State secret! Sailors won't want to serve on such. They will scatter the same as with "Donald Cook".
  9. Spkrdctr
    Spkrdctr 8 January 2022 00: 00
    +1
    As an American, I am appalled by the extreme level of corruption in the American military-industrial complex. Fortunately, the test was carried out at -40F (extreme cold). However, she must go to jail.
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 8 January 2022 02: 27
      0

      Spkrdctr (Doug Burnham)
      Today, 00: 00
      NEW
      0
      As an American, I am appalled by the extreme level of corruption in the American military-industrial complex.
      Well, first of all, it's not news at all that the military-industrial complex of mericatosia is corrupt to the core. Secondly, it is not entirely clear how you are "shocked" - how "extremely" LOW, or "extremely" HIGH? request
  10. Private SA
    Private SA 8 January 2022 03: 28
    +1
    Quote: TermNachTER
    As a former cop, I am very interested in how it can be that a person for 20 years has been negligent?))) How could the prosecutor sign such nonsense?)))

    As a person who has worked for over 30 years in production and at a defense plant
    it is easy and understandable for me. You have not seen the ladies from the technical bureau. Not knowing where their folder is
    with a description of the manufacturing process of the part in the cabinet lies. And the detail is a tank
    torsion bar.
  11. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 9 January 2022 10: 39
    -2
    Raised quality standards ... Now they will falsify tests to higher standards ... Brad