Friday, June 10, 2005

VA is WAY ahead of schedule

I can't wait to hear what all of you, particularly Bubblehead, have to say about this fantastic news from the New London Day (free subscription required):
The Groton-based USS Virginia could deploy later this year, more than a year ahead of what would be a typical schedule, becoming the first nuclear submarine to go on an official mission before a year of testing and a year of repair, top Navy officials said this week.
*Looking over at bothenook* Any of you old goats have similar experiences? *snicker*


At 6:05 AM, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

Now let me see for this article and other recent news,

Lead unit in the class and a year ahead of schedule.
Short circuiting the PSA a possibility.
Need in the fleet for surge deployment.
Pioneering constructing concepts by EB made early deployment possible.
Unit deployed from New London Based squadron.
Navy re-evaluating number of subs required in fleet.
Navy may have under estimated costs of closing New London.
Navy dragging it’s feet on releasing base closing details.
Intel in Clinton Administration under played China’s military buildup.

Is it just me or does closing New London and scaling back the number of Virginia class boats sound more like an accounting exercise than an informed military decision?

At 6:58 AM, Blogger zero bubble said...

My kingdom for the bottom line!!

Wealth and military campaigns have always been tied together. Let's face it, it's difficult to move and motivate an army/fleet without money. The art of logistics is just as important as the art of war.

But when your tactics and operations are guided more by money than sound decisions and intelligence, you're just waiting for the fall.

Why don't they just get it over with and replace all of the top brass with accountants and comptrollers.

"You just wait! When we save up enough money to mount this operation, we're going to come over that and wipe you out!"


"I'm sorry Mr. President, but it just wouldn't be a sound financial investment to protect innocent lives over in that country, so no, we shouldn't deploy there."

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Bubblehead said...

I put my thoughts down over at my home blog... Short version -- I'm eating crow on this one; I'm one of those who thought with all the new stuff, they'd never get within a year of the delivery schedule...

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Chap said...

Short notes:

--Design fixed after the SEAWOLF, uh, learning process.

--Production line eased by prototyping and LEAN manufacturing.


--No loss of focus with other ship classes.

--Good leadership.

BTW I would like to point out here that DD(X), which was DD21 and SC21, started about the same time as Centurion (now Virginia).

Same time.

Four keels laid for one.

Not even paper for the other.

That's leadership.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

I admit it, I am impressed. However, being the cautious bubba I am, a few things scare me about this announcement:

-The VA has not completed, much less commenced, her OPEVAL - we will not get a true feel for the extent of her capabilities until this is done.

-BEFORE PSA? I don't know about newcon, but after our 15 month stint in the yards, we needed PSA to fix all the stuff the yards had screwed up. Sending a boat to deploy before making sure everything is fixed seems foolish at best.

-“What it shows is the demand for submarines that's out there,” said Rear Adm. Mark W. Kenny, commander of Submarine Group Two in Groton. “It's all about operational availability, and getting an early return on investment, to use the business case.”
Oh lord, please don't make this about showing "we have a big demand for subs, so please don't cut us back like you planned." Making it sound like beancounting or political gaming scares me. Sub deployments should not be used as game pieces.

Now, on the upside, wow. Way to go VA program. I just hope the decisions are being made for the right reasons... Too many of our systems have already been rushed to the fleet without a proper shakedown and test. I hope it doesn't bite us.

At 12:05 AM, Blogger Rob said...

I'm nothing short of impressed, given my first boat being new construction...we made/broke some records in getting out of the yard, but not even close to this.

Guess they learned the lessons of many years of building, and applied some LEAN initiatives to the process.

Hope it pays off (in other words, I hope they didn't miss/shortcut anything that'll come back to bite 'em...)


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