Page 9: of Maritime Reporter Magazine (March 15, 1985)
Ships 1984-85 and the Navy
League's annual Almanac of
Seapower—are thumbnail descrip- tions of the major ships and craft for which funds are requested in the FY 1986 budget plan:
Acoustic Research Ship (AG): A twin-screw vessel capable of a 12- knot sustained speed, the AG will be converted from an existing catama- ran hull (the USNS Hayes) for use in the transport, deployment, and retrieval of acoustic arrays used by the Navy for ASW (antisubmarine warfare), mine warfare, and other underwater research. The converted ship will be 246.4 feet in length and have a 75-foot beam and 21.3-foot draft. The AG will be manned by the Navy's Military Sealift Com- mand (MSC). There are accommo- dations for a 36-man crew and 24 scientists. The FY 1986 budget re- quests funding for $86.9 million for the conversion, but does not name a prime contractor.
Battleship Reactivation: The four 58,000-ton Iowa-class battleships (BBs) are probably the most overt symbols of the Administration's program to restore U.S. naval supe- riority. The name ship of the class,
USS Iowa (BB-61), and USS New
Jersey (BB-62), already have re- joined the fleet. USS Missouri (BB- 63)—on which the Japanese surren- der documents were signed to end
World War II—is now undergoing renovation and modernization at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
The FY 1986 budget requests $76.2 million (including $1.0 million in research, development, test, and evaluation, or RDT&E, funding) for reactivation of the Wisconsin (BB- 64), fourth and last ship of the class. "Armed with new Tomahawk and
Harpoon missiles," Secretary
Weinberger points out in his an- nual report, "these ship are capable of striking land or sea targets from points over the horizon. Their origi- nal 16-inch guns provide a much needed boost in naval gunfire sup- port capability." An additional $435.6 million will be requested next year to complete Wisconsin's reactivation, if current estimates hold. No shipyard has been named to carry out the reactivation/mod- ernization program, but if the ear- lier public yard/private yard rota- tion is followed it seems likely a joint contract would be signed with
Avondale Shipyards (Westwego,
La.) and Litton's Ingalls Shipbuild- ing Division (Pascagoula, Miss), which combined on Iowa's reactiva- tion/modernization.
CG-47 Aegis Cruiser: Possibly the most technologically sophisticated surface ship in the world, the CG-47
Ticonderoga-class Aegis fleet air de- fense cruiser is designed to protect the Navy's carrier and battleship task groups by neutralizing or de- stroying incoming enemy aircraft and missiles. The name ship in the program, USS Ticonderoga (CG- 47), performed outstandingly as part of the multinational peace- keeping force off Lebanon. Armed with SM-2 and Harpoon missiles, two 5-inch guns, and other systems, the CG-47s also will be able to meet most surface-ship and submarine threats mounted against the battle groups they protect. More than 25
Circle 313 on Reader Service Card
Ticonderogas are planned; of that number, 16 have been previously funded. The new FYDP projects construction of 11 more through FY 1988, including three in FY 1986 (at a cost of $2,834.8 million) and three in FY 1987, ($2,988.9 million).
Other specifics: displacement, 9,200 tons full load; length, 567 feet; beam, 55 feet; speed, 30-plus knots; power plant, four General Electric
LM2500 gas turbines, two shafts, 80,000 shaft horsepower; aircraft, two LAMPS (light airborne multi- purpose system ASW helicopters; complement, 375 (33 officers, 342 enlisted); builders, Ingalls Ship- building and Bath Iron Works.
Carrier Service Life Extension
Program: The CV SLEP program, as it is inelegantly termed by the
Navy, augments the Nimitz-class nuclear supercarrier new-construc- tion program by prolonging the operating life of the Navy's older carriers. Three CV SLEPs were funded earlier; $156.8 million in ad- vance funding is requested for the fourth, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).
An additional $521.9 million will be requested next year. All of the CV
SLEP modernizations are being as- signed to the Philadelphia Naval
DDG-51 Aegis Guided Missile
Destroyers: The Arleigh Burke-class
DDG-51s, which are equipped with many of the same systems as the
Ticonderogas, are designed for both offense and defense, and when de- ployed will be among the most (continued on page 12)
Total maneuverability is a matter of degrees...360*
With Elliott White Gill thrusters, you can turn a vessel in its own length. Position it broadside. Negotiate congested docks and tight berths. Counteract strong cross-currents. Even provide main propulsion.
Without extending outside the hull lines of the vessel, reliable White Gill Units provide thrust that is completely variable throughout 360°, and is not diminished by ship motion. That's total control— with minimum hull resistance and without danger of fouling or damage by underwater obstructions— even in the shallowest water in which the vessel can operate.
Control systems range from a simple joystick (lever) to computerized dynamic positioning.
Hundreds of these easy to install units—original equipment and retrofits—are saving time and money on tankers, tugs, oil rig service vessels, barges, research ships, salvage vessels, cable ships, ferries and other vessels throughout the world.
Forfull information on White Gill thrusters in four basic models and a wide range of sizes, call or write for a copy of our Bulletin Q-57A. Elliott
Company, P.O. Box 239, Springfield, Ohio 45501.
Phone (513) 324-4191. TWX 810-452-2865. Or Elliott
Turbomachinery Ltd., Zeta House, Daish Way,
Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, England
P030 5XJ. Phone Newport, I.O.W. (0983) 521333.
Telex No. 86216 ELLIOT G.
It's like taking your tugs with you.
Photo of Stirling Ash courtesy of Stirling Shipping of Scotland. :