Report: DDG 51s heavily damaged by ‘bow slams’
Thirteen Arleigh Burke-class destroyers have suffered “significant” structural damage in rough seas because designers didn’t account for the effect of “bow slams” on the ships’ hulls, Navy documents say — and fixing the problem could cost almost $63 million…
Support beams and other structures inside the destroyers warp so much from the stress of withstanding high seas that they must be cut out and replaced, even in new ships — the destroyer Gridley, commissioned in February, already underwent repairs in September. The document listed the following ships as damaged: Arleigh Burke, Curtis Wilbur, Stout, Paul Hamilton, Stethem, Carney, Gonzalez, The Sullivans, Ross, McFaul, Higgins, Winston S. Churchill and Lassen.
Bath Iron Works recently began work on the last of the 62 DDG-51s.
Also, don’t forget the reports that the tumblehome hulls of the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class DD(X)s are possibly unstable.