DDG-1000 starts to come together

Hey, Byron, this doesn’t look all that hard!

Had to put the vid under the “read more” because of autoplay issues.

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12 thoughts on “DDG-1000 starts to come together”

    1. I’m pretty negative on the entire program. It’s growth gone wild. But it IS pretty cool vid, and Bath has a great rep for building ships well.

  1. That’s gonna take a sh*t load of glue.

    And if Tab A doesn’t fit into Slot B, someone is gonna have to find a GIANT x-act-o knife….

    1. IIRC, when they first started with modular assembly with SpruCans and the first round of LHA, they really DID have a problem with Tab A/Slot B, both because of QA, and because if both assemblies weren’t the same temperature, one would expand from heating.


  2. Snort…the father of modular shipbuilding was Henry Kaiser, the industrialist.


    For the “Tab A and Slot B” method to work, the individual assemblies must be built with a very high degree of precision. I was a foreman in charge of 3 projects back in the 90’s and realized early on that if a high degree of precision was demanded and obtained, when it came time to assemble to assemble the sub-modules to the modules and the modules to each other that the assembly process went very smooth with a concurrent reduction of man hours.

    I’ve watched shows on Discovery about Newport News putting a carrier together and liked to have laughed myself silly when they were holding this enormous module in the air while one burner went out and hacked on the offending bit that stuck out. Should have NEVER happened. Painstaking care taken at the front end pays dividends at the back end.

    I’ll give you an example: on a sub-assembly that was 35 feet long and 15 feet wide and made of three plates butted together, I insisted that the diagonal measurement must be under 2 millimeters out of square. 3.185 mm equals 1/8 of an inch. My people routinely gave me a 0 measurement.

    So yeah…it can be done and has been done since before WW2.

  3. You have to remember, the Kaiser ships weren’t made to tight tolerances; it was a given that many would be (and were) lost in combat. The point was to build more of them than the U boats could sink. Thus, the concept was sound. Brad, the Liberty ships were still sailing 30 years after they were built. Kaiser did just good.

    And yes, I do know my shipbuilding 🙂

    1. Oh, I’m not knocking Liberty ships. They were an astonishing achievement in such a brief period of time.

      And if I can’t tweak you, who can I tweak?

      You’re the only yardbird here!

  4. Kaiser built a number of Jeep Carriers using the same methods as Liberty Ships. Dan Gallery Commanded the Guadalcanal built by Kaiser at Portland, OR. As many Liberty ships as were built, I would expect some failures. On the whole, they did quite well.

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