Thursday, November 21, 2013

Zumwalt Timelapse


PCU Zumwalt* goes into the Kennebec.

I enjoy these kinds of things. YMMV.


*PCU = Pre-Commissioning Unit. She won't become the "USS" Zumwalt until she's commissioned.

8 comments:

  1. It's too bad they don't send 'em down the ways any longer... we loves us a big splash.

    (Parenthetical aside: MASON (DDG-87) was the last ship launched at BIW in the old traditional way. SN2 was the PCU CHENG on MASON (and after she was commissioned, too). I have a coin from "the last launch.")

    (Parenthetical aside, Part Deux: Cheesy boat-launching music is better than cheesy airplane vid music.)

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    1. I knew that your SN2 was a plank owner on MASON. Did not know that she was the last to "slide down the ways".

      And that boat-launching music was NOT half bad, now that you mention it.

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  2. Very cool! Never knew they floated them like that now.

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    1. It's not like the old days but from what I understand, there's less possibility of damage to the ship doing it this way.

      It's certainly gentler, but yeah, that big splash Buck referenced was pretty cool.

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    2. Very nice. One would hope though that they could handle a little rough handling given the way ensigns drive.

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  3. They don't let the SWOs actually 'drive' the boat either into or away from the pier anymore... sigh

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