The Navy did not detail the exact nature of the conversion work. However, since the submarine will no longer need to navigate, dive, or conduct regular operations, there is certainly a significant amount of equipment that could be removed both to free up space for new training spaces and to simplify the logistics of maintaining the MTS. .
In the case of La Jolla, the Navy said the nuclear power plant had been modernized to reflect more modern designs, which would be important for its new training role. La Jolla and San Francisco have both been described as ‘new generation training ships’. They are intended to replace the two existing MTS from NPTU Charleston, which have been in use since the 1990s. Lafeyette nuclear class ballistic missile submarine USS Daniel webster and the James madison nuclear class ballistic missile submarine USS Sam rayburn have been converted to fill this role. In April, Sam rayburn
was towed to NNSY, where it is now waiting to begin the emptying and dismantling process.
NPTU Charleston “is a technical school operated by the US Navy in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to train enlisted sailors, officers, civilians from the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) and civilians from the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory ( Bettis) for the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants on board ships, surface ships and submarines of the US Navy, ”according to the unit’s website. – Sailors constitute the vast majority of nuclear-powered ships in service with the Navy, the others being its Nimitz and Ford class superporters.
The NPTU Charleston trains civilians from the KAPL and the Bettis, both of which are Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, also underscores the unique nature of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP). NNPP, more commonly known as naval reactors, is a Navy-DOE joint venture.
Regardless of the MTS conversion job on one or the other La Jolla Where San Francisco That meant exactly, having a real reactor factory inside a converted submarine can only be extremely useful for new sailors to train themselves to become what are commonly referred to as “nuclear nuclear”. . You can read more about what these people and the various other members of a submarine crew are doing here.
Interestingly, this is actually not the first time that St. Francis, a first generation Los Angeles class submarine which was commissioned in 1981, has been cut up. The boat was first brought back to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and made numerous cruises in the Western Pacific before being moved to the Port of Arpa in Guam in December 2002. A little over two years after starting to Conducting operations from Guam, the boat struck an undersea mountain while sailing approximately 364 nautical miles southwest of that island at a depth of 525 feet.
Impressively, while the submarine suffered extensive damage, its hull remained intact and it was able to limp back towards Arpa harbor. The Navy later determined that St. FrancisThe crew failed to follow “several critical navigation and voyage planning procedures” and relieved the vessel’s captain, Captain Kevin Mooney. Six other crew members received non-judicial sanctions. Twenty other officers and sailors received praise for their actions during the crash, in which 98 crew members were injured. Second Class Second Class Machinist Joseph Allen Ashley died the day after the incident of a head injury he sustained.
As the submarine’s nuclear reactor had only recently been refueled before the accident, an expensive and complex process that extended its expected life until 2017, the Navy subsequently decided to repair the boat. Temporary repairs were made to the submarine Guam, which then sailed on its own to the Puget Sound Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Wash., Making a stopover en route at Pearl Harbor.
St. Francis eventually received a brand new bow section, which had been taken from another Los Angeles USS class submarine Honolulu. The Navy said the repairs San Francisco
costs $ 79 million, but it would have taken $ 170 million to refuel Honoluluthe reactor of.
Honolulu was decommissioned as a result of the Navy’s decision and San Francisco returned to the fleet in 2009. The latter submarine completed its last operational cruise in 2016 and the Navy announced the following year that it would be upgraded to MTS.
USS San Francisco certainly had a unique operational career. Now, in its highly modified form, it will continue to serve the Navy for years to come, helping to train new sailors to operate nuclear reactors on other submarines.
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