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Just out of my thirst for knowledge has anyone here ever been a part of the crew that was involved in launching a new ship?  You know, sending it down the ways and all. Maybe a naval type around here that did that. Was it cool? Fun?  How did it go? Stern first or a side launch...etc.Blah blah

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Nope.  Unfortunately most of them are assembled in segments, rolled into a dry dock when near enough to floating condition, then lowered gingerly in.  When you're spending a billion bucks or so on every new destroyer, the people in fancy suits take a very dim view of dinging them up.

Pretty sure Marinette still does a classic beam-launch for the LCS-1 class of ships though, and at 4,000 tons or so that's not insignificant.

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7 minutes ago, Mister_Rawr said:

Nope.  Unfortunately most of them are assembled in segments, rolled into a dry dock when near enough to floating condition, then lowered gingerly in.  When you're spending a billion bucks or so on every new destroyer, the people in fancy suits take a very dim view of dinging them up.

Pretty sure Marinette still does a classic beam-launch for the LCS-1 class of ships though, and at 4,000 tons or so that's not insignificant.

-R

Yikes!

That looks risky.

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1 hour ago, dmckay said:

Just out of my thirst for knowledge has anyone here ever been a part of the crew that was involved in launching a new ship?  You know, sending it down the ways and all. Maybe a naval type around here that did that. Was it cool? Fun?  How did it go? Stern first or a side launch...etc.Blah blah

Only by viewing it in a film. Looks to be a great party though!

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19 minutes ago, Mister_Rawr said:

YES.

Which is why this is much more common these days.

-R

Gee time marches on.  I, not being naval, thought it was still done the old way but it makes sense how it's done now.  Tks.  I have read about a lot of old time launches that went BAD. I belive it was the frigate USS Constitution (may have been USS United States) that got hung up on the ways and they had a hell of a time getter her launched.  Have not read about it for a long time however.

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50 minutes ago, Mister_Rawr said:

Nope.  Unfortunately most of them are assembled in segments, rolled into a dry dock when near enough to floating condition, then lowered gingerly in.  When you're spending a billion bucks or so on every new destroyer, the people in fancy suits take a very dim view of dinging them up.

Pretty sure Marinette still does a classic beam-launch for the LCS-1 class of ships though, and at 4,000 tons or so that's not insignificant.

-R

That side launch is cool but looks like some stuff inside could get messed up due to impact and some repairing needed. Maybe. Like I said, I am not naval but I do have a naval. Lame lame

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1 hour ago, dmckay said:

Just out of my thirst for knowledge has anyone here ever been a part of the crew that was involved in launching a new ship?  You know, sending it down the ways and all. Maybe a naval type around here that did that. Was it cool? Fun?  How did it go? Stern first or a side launch...etc.Blah blah

i launch my scow at the lake to go fishing we got lots of big trouts )

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