Four Knots to Nowhere contains the recollections and current experiences of the life of an active duty Missile Technician, currently stationed on Shore Duty at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Cape Canaveral, FL.

Friday, November 25, 2005

USS Dolphin Ready For New Missions

As most of you know, back in May, 2002, the USS Dolphin, the only diesel submarine in the US inventory, experienced flooding and electrical fires at sea after ingesting 75 tons of water down her only hatch.

Now, the US Navy has spent $9 million on repairs and an additional $41 million for upgrades to the research ship, which will be going on it's first mission next month.

The upgrades included:
  • An inflatable boot in the ship's entryway to stop water from flowing in should a door fail.
  • A shield to keep the door from accidentally opening at sea.
  • More emergency breathing units.
  • Four additional pumps to "dewater" the ship in the event of flooding.
  • An improved, maintenance-free battery.
  • Wiring and electronics raised higher in the submarine, where they're less likely to be exposed to flooding.
  • A faster, clearer radar system.


Blogger Photios said...

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Nice work, BTW.


Wednesday, November 30, 2005 1:34:00 AM

Blogger Rod Adams said...

Interesting post that brings back some recent memories.

I had a chance to visit the USS Dolphin early in 2005. She was close to being ready for sea, had a great crew, and some innovative training systems developed to help bring her crew up to speed after a long in port period.

The CO was a man with a famous submarine name, son of one of the best. Unfortunately, my memory for details is simply not as good as it used to be. He has apparently completed his tour and moved on, I do not recognize the current CO's name.

One interesting thing that I learned is that qualified research organizations can rent Dolphin for a daily fee. Again, the exact fee escapes me.

Rod Adams

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 4:03:00 AM

Anonymous Chris Johnson said...

Am interested in a seatour on the Dolphin. Was wondering if anyone out there has info...NAV Dept. Thanks

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:45:00 PM


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