Singular_Transform wrote:I don't get why everyone make huge noise about the issues around the K.
Up to 2008-2009 that carrier hasn't got any role in the RU MOD, that was considered as a reserve ship.
They started to use it just few years ago, and this is the first time when the RU MOD actually considering any serious role for it.
The issues with gears , engines and so on part of the learning curve, every system and organisation going through this.
They lost an aircraft, that increased the deployment cost by 20% maybe? Sounds not as a good news, but it is an expected loss .
Main problem is everyone comparing the ship to a "ideal" state, but that never exist anywhere.
you try the equipment, that works or not, and based on your experience you modify it/ fix it.
Example the K boilers can be fixed and it can be robust and fail safe if you replace the piping of the boilers.
As a bonus you can install sensors and new PLCs to get rid of the smoke as well.
That cost half year and means dismantling of half of the superstructure of the ship.
The arresting gear never been used in rage, so now it is the first time when they can see the problems with it.
It will be fixed, there will be a full FMEA ,and the probability of breakdown will be smaller in the future.
The ideal "first time perfect" exist only in the ideal world.
Issues with engines, gears and everything are not learning curve, learning curve is when you train crew of a ship for 2 years on new carrier, that is learning curve. Having for 30 years same propulsion that has major issues is not learning curve, you didnt learn anything, you are just repairing same thing over and over, keeping old issues and mending them again after they happen. No learning in whole process at all.
Learning curve is when your piping breaks on your ship and you decide to replace it fully and put additional insulation, that is learning curve. Its not learning curve when you close water in 30% of the ship.
Stop saying over and over how some automation will get rid of smoke as it wont, please.
You all keep forgetting that Kuz is 30 years old, its not his first sailing, issues are known, not new, majority of the problems they have should have been ironed years ago as they are well aware of them.