What happened here? Or rather, what was the plan?
Some classic comments under that article.
FOX 11 News’ report on the launch:
Nothing said about any mishap.
This was the last side launch to be performed at this yard. to end “the way ships have been launched for millennials” (??)
I was of the impression that “sliding down the ways” was the common way ships had been launched, at least for the last few centuries":
The earliest way was to roll the ships on logs, like they still do in Bjøkedalen:
Source: Intangible Cultural Heritage Boat pulling at Bjørkedalen (immateriellkulturarv.no)
This method has been revived when the Chinese introduced the “sausages rolls”
It was worth the time just to read the comments.
The LCS program was a colossal mistake by the Navy. Along with the rest of the LCS fleet, USS Cleveland will soon be decommissioned.
Well, for “millennials” that might be correct. I think most yards in the last 23 years have been doing side launches (or float offs).
But yeah, if that was a typo then someone didn’t do their research.
“A side launch, like you saw behind you, is the way that human beings have been launching ships literally for millennia, it was the first way a large vessel could be launched… but for the building of a modern warship that leaves quite a bit to be desired,” says Fincantieri CEO, Mark Vandroff.