Ship in Storm

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The coolest parts of this video are the scenes shot looking down the length of the ship, you can actually see it bend along the axis. I've heard about this but, all the ships I've been on never had such a clear view for the length of the ship.

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That is pretty cool when they show the hallway bend like that.
 

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The coolest parts of this video are the scenes shot looking down the length of the ship, you can actually see it bend along the axis. I've heard about this but, all the ships I've been on never had such a clear view for the length of the ship.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7db_1185747657
Man, you just love this stuff, don't you, Bud?

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The pig that I was on... The USS Long Beach... had two "expansion joints" that ran across the beam of the ship. The joints would flex when the ship pitched. In calm seas they would move a couple of inches, but when it got really "sporty"... 30 foot + seas, those things would huff and puff like an accordion. It sounded like the ship was breathing...freaky, and whenever the ship got socked by a big wave the joint would go oooOOOOF! like a boxer taking a punch.
 

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I just really miss those times. I always had a blast standing a bridge watch with the ship pitching and rolling, found it exciting. It was the perfect job for me.

The pig that I was on... The USS Long Beach... had two "expansion joints" that ran across the beam of the ship. The joints would flex when the ship pitched. In calm seas they would move a couple of inches, but when it got really "sporty"... 30 foot + seas, those things would huff and puff like an accordion. It sounded like the ship was breathing...freaky, and whenever the ship got socked by a big wave the joint would go oooOOOOF! like a boxer taking a punch.
Every time I looked at pictures of the ship, the forward superstructure just blew my mind, it looked like some kind of bad after thought. I knew she had to pig in rough seas. I always wondered what the naval architects were thinking when they put that thing to paper.

In my mind, the two finest designs were both from WWII; the Iowa class BBs and the Fletcher class DDs.
 

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Every time I looked at pictures of the ship, the forward superstructure just blew my mind, it looked like some kind of bad after thought. I knew she had to pig in rough seas. I always wondered what the naval architects were thinking when they put that thing to paper.
You've come to the right place...

The "box" superstructure was designed like that on the USS Long Beach to accommodate the first attempt at Phased-array, flat panel radar... like you see on the newer Aegis-equipped ships:



It was too ahead of it's time, and the first generation unit that was installed on the Long Beach never functioned correctly, it was quickly removed, and the ship sailed the rest of it's days with standard revolving radar units installed..

Here's an early pic of the ship with the phased array unit still installed:



And after it was removed:



The Long Beach lost it's flat panel radar but kept the distinctive "box"... it was alone in it's class... literally... it was a Long Beach class crusier, and the only one ever built. It was also the first nuclear-powered surface vessel ever built. The "box" made the ship top heavy as hell and it rolled like a drunken pig. And the long hull and narrow beam made sure that it "hogged" like it was about to break in two at any second in heavy bow-on seas.

In my mind, the two finest designs were both from WWII; the Iowa class BBs and the Fletcher class DDs.
I love the Aegis class cruisers... the vertical launch ships... like The Bunker Hill... smooth lines due to the flat panel radar and the internal launcher tubes. And the gas turbines made them accelerate like speed boats. It was an amazing sight to watch when they "stepped on the gas."

 

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Here's an early pic of the ship with the phased array unit still installed:

I've never seen a pic of the ship in that configuration. There must be 4 or 5 decks in that box, what was in there? CIC, admin spaces?

And the gas turbines made them accelerate like speed boats. It was an amazing sight to watch when they "stepped on the gas."
I know what your saying, I did my 1st class Midshipmen cruise on a FFG, never before saw a ship throw up a wake like she did when she went to flank. Hell of a sight.
 

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I've never seen a pic of the ship in that configuration. There must be 4 or 5 decks in that box, what was in there? CIC, admin spaces?
Actually... it was 7 decks above the main deck to the signal deck.

It was the flag ship for ComCruDesGru1... Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group 1... Admiral Ass Face or something... and just about the entire box was 'blue tile country'... officer's mess and berthing space, Captain and Admiral's quarters, Admiral's CIC, etc... which was hilarious, because when the ship was rolling, and that box was swinging like some sort of carnival ride, it was nearly impossible to live any sort of normal life up in the box. I remember waking up in the morning, jumping out of my rack, and landing on top of our division officer. He decided to sleep on the floor of our below-the-main decks enlisted berthing space rather than ride the bucking bronco all night up in his stateroom in 'officers country'.

Another interesting tidbit... to reduce weight... as if :icon_roll... nearly the entire box was constructed out of aluminium... and we all know what happens to aluminium when things get 'hot'. We used to joke that the ship would be fine as long as we took the first hit in the box... because the box would go up like a Roman candle and all of the officers would be roasted, and then we'd be free to make some intelligent tactical decisions.