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The withdrawal from the stocks of the new submarine of the American fleet of North Dakota is delayed

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The withdrawal from the stocks of the new submarine of the American fleet of North Dakota is delayed
The end of construction of the submarine North Dakota (in the photo the ceremony of assigning the ship its name 2 on November 2013) is delayed



Washington - Problems with the supplier of components and the need to modify some of the design elements forced the US fleet to announce on Wednesday, 16 April, that the launch of the new North Dakota nuclear missile submarine is delayed and will not happen at the end of May, as was planned earlier.

"This decision is based on the need for additional refinement and certification work on the converted nose of the submarine and significant problems with the assembled and delivered components," - said in a statement the command of the naval systems of the Navy (NAVSEA).

The delay is a blow to the Virginia class submarine program, which has already earned a reputation not only for timely deliveries, but also for shipments ahead of the contractual date.

These submarines are jointly manufactured by General Dynamics Electric Boat and Groton, Conn., And Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding from Newport News, Virginia. Each company manufactures specific components of each submarine, mainly in proportion 50 to 50. These shipyards alternate and take turns assembling, launching and manning submarines. Launched in September 2013, the submarine North Dakota (North Dakota) is being finalized by Electric Boat.

Both shipyards declined to answer specific questions about North Dakota submarine problems that prevent it from getting on balance. fleet.

Although the contract provides for the commissioning of North Dakota in August, EB was determined to postpone this date to mid-May. Reducing the ship construction time by weeks or months, as a rule, leads to significant savings for the fleet and good remuneration amounts for the shipbuilder.

Completing the construction of North Dakota is very important. Although the ship is the eleventh submarine of the Virginia class, it is the first submarine in the Block III variant with a converted bow, featuring two Virginia Payload Tube (VPT) two torpedo compartments and a reconfigured wide-aperture nose radar. Innovative VPT compartments are capable of storing and launching various weapons. This configuration allows you to get away from the 12 stationary bays that can handle only a limited set of weapons.

It is not clear whether the problems with the provider affected VPT or sonar systems.

NAVSEA does not name the supplier, although sources said it was a subcontractor from Newport News.

“The fleet hides the name of the company until the investigation is completed,” said NAVSEA spokesman Lt. Kurt Larson. “The supplier in question supplied the components for the Virginia class ships, although not to the same extent as North Dakota,” he added. The components delivered to the ships already in service have passed the initial testing, and the fleet does not have any problems with them today. ”

Larson said a routine check of the assembled components on a North Dakota submarine revealed problems with the supplier’s quality control, and subsequent checks revealed additional problems. As a result, a “careful inspection of all components from this supplier” is conducted. A lot of work to be done.

"Onboard the North Dakota submarine there are 58 components that the fleet is currently testing," said Larson. These components include stern horizontal rudders and vertical rudders, bow rudder extension cylinders, hydraulic accumulators, high pressure air manifold pipelines, torpedoes' blocking devices, complete shaft / gear arms, armament, cargo handling mechanisms and other general-use systems. "

“Testing these parts and systems does not mean that the problems are in them,” Larson cautioned.

“To ensure the safety of its crews and ships, the Navy will ensure that all components from this supplier meet the specifications,” he said.

Larson could not name the date when the problems were discovered, he was not able to comment on the estimated costs.

“This issue is still under consideration and therefore it is premature to discuss costs,” he said.

Sources said that problems with the supplier were resolved, although it is not clear now whether this supplier will remain in the contract. According to the same sources: “Since the number of suppliers approved for the manufacture of components for a submarine program is limited, some other options will be difficult to achieve.”

The fleet is also thinking about changes in the design and installation of the VPT, although the details are not fully defined. The new nose was made by a company that also manufactured torpedo tubes.

According to the schedule, the submarine was supposed to leave the Groton 14 shipyard in April to conduct initial sea trials, also known as factory trials. At present, it is expected that the vessel will be put into dry dock to check all systems. A new date has not been determined, although neither the fleet nor the shipyards think that it will take too long.

“We still believe that the submarine will be delivered before the August deadline specified in the contract,” a spokesman for EB said.

The following is the complete statement of the NAVSEA Naval Systems Command issued by the Navy SSA 16 on April 2014:

Washington DC - The launch of the North Dakota submarine (SSN 784) will be delayed. This was stated by the US Navy 16 April.

This decision is based on the need for additional refinement and certification of the bow of the submarine and in connection with significant problems with the components already assembled and delivered. Since the fleet is currently working with all interested parties on the certification of the quality and safety of the submarine, as well as on its speedy launch, it will later determine the new commissioning date. The fleet is obliged to ensure the safety of its crews and ships. High quality standards for submarine components are an important part of the overall safety effort.

The lessons learned during the construction of North Dakota are already taken into account in all submarines of the Block III variant.

The team working on the project to create a new submarine oversees all phases of the life cycle: research, development, supply to the fleet, operation and logistics.


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  1. ImPerts
    ImPerts April 21 2014 07: 50
    +1
    You can link to the site of lovers of success of the star-striped flag))) Let them demonstrate the whole depth of knowledge of objective difficulties in building submarines in the USA and the futility of creating a new one in our country)))
    1. jjj
      jjj April 21 2014 16: 28
      +1
      America imposed sanctions against Russia. Under the sanctions, military-technical cooperation also fell. And then it turned out that new boats are having problems. But after all already taken out of the boathouse. The pool was filled with water. And even the stands were built for guests.
  2. Ural guys
    Ural guys April 21 2014 08: 17
    +8
    By the way, judging by analogy, in the very near future there should be a fire on one of the American submarine.
    Waiting for the news!
  3. KBPC50
    KBPC50 April 21 2014 08: 34
    +1
    I wish that she drowned near the pier immediately after the first exit to the sea.
    1. Canep
      Canep April 21 2014 09: 25
      +3
      Quote: KBPC50
      I wish that she drowned near the pier immediately after the first exit to the sea.

      How can you drown near the pier, going into the open sea? wassat But I do not mind if she will keep company with Thrasher and Scorpio, the fate of Baton Rouge will come down.
      1. da Vinci
        da Vinci April 21 2014 13: 13
        +2
        Why so cruel? But if the USA budget were torn, then please.
        1. Canep
          Canep April 21 2014 13: 54
          0
          Quote: da Vinci
          Why so cruel?
          It would be cruel if I wished them the fate of K-19.
    2. O. BENDER
      O. BENDER April 21 2014 17: 58
      +2
      Quote: KBPC50
      I wish that she drowned near the pier immediately after the first exit to the sea.

      I agree, this is one of the options. And it is better that the North Koreans stole it directly from the pier, so that the shit hi
    3. starley
      starley April 21 2014 23: 19
      +1
      people are there, and they have children. Isn't that a pity?
      It’s easier to persuade people to do something else before they get on board.
      1. KBPC50
        KBPC50 April 22 2014 00: 09
        0
        People are always good if they are people. But these want one thing - to destroy me and everyone who is against being subordinate to them and, if you want, in slavery. And they make money on the murder, and very smelly!
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  4. air wolf
    air wolf April 21 2014 08: 40
    0
    One word s!
  5. fedor13
    fedor13 April 21 2014 08: 42
    +2
    Interestingly Russian trace in this matter will be found?
  6. Mizhgan
    Mizhgan April 21 2014 08: 50
    +2
    Duc, Putin is to blame. They can’t finish the boat, because Russian titan is stuck at Russian customs, some customs officer has lost a piece of paper - he is looking for and can’t find it. I will not be surprised that American space rockets will soon be waiting for Russian engines, due to an incomplete set of customs documents.
  7. Dezinto
    Dezinto April 21 2014 09: 00
    +2
    Yankees drown her right away! And shoot yourself all together. You love it, shoot colleagues and shoot! This is such fun in the us army. God forgive me! But as it is! Americans are not friends with the head (when they fall into the hands of a weapon).
  8. da Vinci
    da Vinci April 21 2014 09: 26
    +6
    What I like about American companies is that, if any flaws are identified, they recognize imperfections and carry out their elimination (both submarines and cars). In our country, at first they make round eyes, deny and only then declare "nuuuu, there is something ...". Result - Bulava is still there, RN Angara has been flying for 10 years on drawers, that is a lot more.
    1. spech
      spech April 22 2014 06: 28
      0
      The result - the Mace and now there, the Angara launch vehicle has been flying for 10 years on the Kuhlmanns, there are many more.

      Wow) the outskirts of the mace makes) (thickly trolish cookies will no longer be)
  9. Anton Gavrilov
    Anton Gavrilov April 21 2014 10: 14
    +3
    We wish our Ashen-M to surpass these boats in terms of stealth and detection range!
  10. Fiero
    Fiero April 21 2014 12: 08
    +1
    Is that 11 Virginia? A Ash is only 1 ...
    1. karbofos
      karbofos April 21 2014 15: 56
      0
      can tear. so many boats need to maintain a lot of money. it may happen that soon it will be costly waste rubbish
      1. Anton Gavrilov
        Anton Gavrilov April 22 2014 17: 23
        0
        Unfortunately, this will not be the case - they are now in operation with 42 type Los Angeles, 3 type Sea Wolf and 10 type Virginia - in total 55 submarines and they feel great.
  11. ar-ren
    ar-ren April 21 2014 13: 01
    +3
    It’s fun (or rather, sad) to compare their submarine delivery six months earlier than the contracted period with our stories of delays, such as the construction of Ivan Gren BDK.
  12. Sledgehammer
    Sledgehammer April 21 2014 13: 17
    0
    And here we are experiencing such a thing wink http://chidag.ru/blogs/kurim-
    i-trepemsja-obo-vsem / raketnye-voiska-strategicheskogo-naznachenija-rossii-ispyta
    yut-noveishii-mobilnyi-udarno-razvedyvatelnyi-robototehnicheskii-kompleks.html
  13. Wolland
    Wolland April 21 2014 13: 18
    0
    It's funny - there was enough money for the construction, they can’t let it go - whoever you say laughs will fall .... but if you drop deeper, not everything is as good in the crew as we would like .... there are no personnel, some drunkards, and drug addict creditors in the ranks Amerikostana ....
  14. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz April 21 2014 13: 39
    +2
    Campaign China again its microchips, made in the United States by emigrants from Papua New Guinea, managed on a deshar to boil spices from the Pentagon.
  15. KOSMOS
    KOSMOS April 21 2014 13: 54
    +2
    More problems for you, dear "partners", small and different! Go for it!
  16. capex1
    capex1 April 21 2014 14: 19
    +1
    Well, stripes have their own problems with the execution of a defense order !! And this we can conclude that we are not so bad with its execution !!!
    1. ar-ren
      ar-ren April 21 2014 14: 34
      +3
      Quote: capex1
      And this we can conclude that we are not so bad with its execution !!!


      BDK Ivan Gren with a displacement of 5000 tons has been under construction for 8 years, and it is not known when they will finish. This is so for comparison.
    2. starley
      starley April 21 2014 23: 23
      0
      Apparently, soon their order will be combined with ours - they themselves will be asked.
      Pay attention to the logo of the shipyard on the gate - it clearly smells of Russian spirit.
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  17. denchik1977
    denchik1977 April 21 2014 17: 32
    0
    Americans always talk about their exceptional mission and the best armed forces in the world .... However, if you look closely, the "cutting" of the budget allocated for defense is flourishing ... Contractors working on the creation of new submarines for the US Navy should remember history with "Thresher", which the crew called nothing other than the "Mass Grave" ...
    1. rezident
      rezident April 21 2014 18: 25
      -3
      Yes, this boat went fine. The problems began with the change of captain, he did not take into account all its features and drowned her during the tests for maximum immersion.
  18. k_ply
    k_ply April 21 2014 18: 26
    +1
    Significantly, the ships of the 3rd subgroup have rather serious structural changes in the bow and the supplier-subcontractor could not quickly adapt to the required range of supplied structural materials and components that would correspond to the new design specification. A common occurrence. "North Dakota" is the first in the subgroup, and therefore the naval check with passion.
  19. Boa kaa
    Boa kaa April 21 2014 23: 50
    +1
    We would have their problems! I suppose the twists and turns with “Severodvinsk” do not need to be reminded?
    By the way, they have not yet fallen out of the schedule for the delivery of the ship to the fleet. April is not August or September! In three months, the commission will turn everything around and clean it up, and the pros will eliminate the comments.
    Enviously, damn it! But there were times when our workers were with higher education! And now some managers, financiers and economists, as well as lawyers ...
    LORD! IMPOSE YOU OUR GOVERNMENT! DON'T LET KILL A RUSSIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL!
    1. starley
      starley April 22 2014 11: 58
      0
      The long-suffering Russian shipbuilding knew all kinds of specialists, but somehow it has survived to this day, and will continue to live. And the rush in such a case is destructive - the slower the work, the better will give the result.
  20. ar-ren
    ar-ren April 21 2014 23: 56
    -1
    Quote: Boa constrictor KAA
    LORD! IMPOSE YOU OUR GOVERNMENT! DON'T LET KILL A RUSSIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL!


    Judging by the attitude of God, one can draw a neat conclusion that the Russians somehow very, very angry him. And for a long time.
    1. starley
      starley April 22 2014 11: 55
      0
      I wonder what such a conclusion is based on?
      Are there any examples of greater attention from God in the world ??
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  21. ar-ren
    ar-ren April 22 2014 11: 58
    0
    Quote: starley
    I wonder what such a conclusion is based on?


    Chthonic, infinite Extinction, substitution by other peoples, etc. Permanent enemies of the Russian people in power, with the goal of their destruction. Permanent decisions of the authorities, leading to the death of the masses of the Russian people and extinction.

    According to my calculated dynamics, in Russia by 2100 there will be 25 million Chechens and only 6.5 million Russians.
    1. starley
      starley April 22 2014 12: 00
      0
      Do you see this in Severodvinsk? You have a peculiar habitat and calculations - a simple extrapolation of short segments to infinity.
      1. ar-ren
        ar-ren April 22 2014 12: 14
        0
        >> You have a peculiar habitat and calculations - a simple extrapolation of short segments to infinity.

        2100 will come not in an infinite number of years, but in only 85.5 years.
        1. starley
          starley April 22 2014 12: 17
          0
          I'm afraid our conversation is pointless - we will not reach the verification of time calculations
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      2. ar-ren
        ar-ren April 22 2014 12: 16
        0
        >> Do you see this in Severodvinsk too?

        You have a slightly inadequate perception of the world, if you purely in Severodvinsk decide to judge the situation throughout the country. This is how to make conclusions on the content of the push in the nearest village about the technological level of development of the people.
        1. starley
          starley April 22 2014 12: 20
          0
          conversation - about shipbuilding. Because Severodvinsk is taken as a base point.
          Fleas in dog's skin do not determine the direction of movement of the system. Therefore, "foreigners" do not go far from the markets, and the market is alive by what is brought to it.
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