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(Business Insider) - On Friday, the Navy's brand new $362 million ship broke down and had to be towed back to port after only three weeks in service.
The USS Milwaukee, which was commissioned on November 21, is an advanced littoral combat ship (LCS). According to the Navy Times, citing a report from the Navy, the Milwaukee was transiting past Halifax, Canada when it "suffered an engineering casualty."
The exact cause of the casualty is still under investigation. However, preliminary evidence points to " fine metal debris collected in the lube oil filter," the Navy Times reports. This debris is thought to have traveled throughout the engine system and ultimately caused it to fail.
The cause of the metal debris at this time is unknown. But the debris is thought to have been responsible for the ship's ultimate and complete lack of propulsion.
In response to the engineering casualty, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a statement decrying the Milwaukee's astounding problems.
"Reporting of a complete loss of propulsion on USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) is deeply alarming, particularly given this ship was commissioned just 20 days ago," McCain said, according to the Journal Sentinel. "U.S. Navy ships are built with redundant systems to enable continued operation in the event of an engineering casualty, which makes this incident very concerning."
The LCS was intended to be the Navy's futuristic super-ship. It was envisioned as the first US combat vessel with the ability to remove underwater mines and take on swarm attacks of small craft in coastal waters and fight rival battleships in the open seas — all while being difficult to detect on radar, compared to traditional destroyers.Read More . . . .
F-35 Fighter will Break Pilot's Neck
Yet another problem with the F 35.
Good thing we are not at war.
(Fox Trot Alpha) - Recent tests have shown that a lightweight F-35 pilot could have his or her neck snapped during ejection from the fighter at certain speeds. These troubling new findings have brought some members in Congress to the end of their rope when it comes to the high-profile and highly problematic weapons program.
Defense News reports that the F-35’s Martin Baker US16E ejection seat system can cause fatal neck trauma when pilots on the lighter end of the F-35’s crew accommodation spectrum eject at slower speeds. These recent tests occured when the dummies were wearing the jet’s third-generation helmet, which is heavier than the second-generation helmet, a factor that possibly aggravated the issue. During certain tests, the lighter-weight dummies’ necks were literally snapped according to a Defense News source.
As of now, the Navy, Marines and Air Force have to restrict access to pilots only weighing more than 136 pounds.
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