Thursday, July 19, 2018
One mistake, two mistake, three mistake more!
Submarine Spanish style. Thanks to the BBC.
"Spain's new submarine 'too big for its dock'"
"An attempt to deploy a new submarine for Spain's navy has run aground again, after it emerged it cannot fit in its dock, Spanish media report."
"The S-80 boat was redesigned at great expense after an earlier mistake meant it had problems floating, and it was lengthened to correct the issue."
* S-80 first not buoyant enough. Able to submerge but NOT surface!
* S-80 the initial problem corrected. But now too LONG for dock!
S-80 however according to the wiki entry almost in a class [if not in a class] all by itself.
"The S-80 Plus class (or Isaac Peral class) are a series of advanced technology submarines . . . fitted with a new propulsion system designed for a high degree of autonomy under water. By their conception, the S-80s are far ahead of the classic submarines of diesel-electric propulsion and even superior to the conventional AIP of the last generations . . . The characteristics of this class of ships place them at a level close to those of nuclear propulsion."
This fiasco all seems to be the result of a few decimal points in the wrong places? How long have they been building steel ships now?
Good luck Spanish Navy. The "bugs" are worked out now? I hope so. Submarine duty at all times on a war footing and dangerous. Having a boat you are not confident in makes for a bad situation.