• 17 Dec 2017 12:44 PM | Lon Scofield

    The ASNE Tidewater section and the Hampton Roads section of the Submarine League wishes to extend a sincere thank you to RDML David Goggins for taking time to share facts about the upcoming Columbia class submarine. This was well-attended (over 90 participated) joint event with the Submarine League / Hampton Roads Chapter. 

    David is the program director for the Columbia Class Submarine. His knowledge of the various submarine classes is extensive and impressive. It was entertaining hearing him talk about his son’s comparison of building a cruise ship in two years which is less than half the time it takes to complete any class of submarine. It appears the Navy now has an unofficial build goal to achieve! The mission for the new class is to replace the Ohio class and provide the “most survivable leg of the Nation’s strategic triad“. On time delivery was a stressed key point throughout his talk leaving no room for error when it comes to meeting design deadlines and delivery of supplied components from the over 5,000 suppliers nationwide. Other aspects to achieve this on time delivery goal includes reducing last minute changes to design and involving the supplier base earlier on in the process than done with the Virginia class. When designing this new class the best features of the Ohio and Virginia classes were utilized where possible to create more consistency between the submarine classes and reduce repair costs.

    The Columbia class will be the most unique submarine the US has operated to date. It will be longer, heavier, wide diameter and designed to have a service life of approximately 42 years. Twelve are scheduled to be built; two less than the Ohio class! The first one is scheduled to be ready for patrol in 2031. No doubt we are good hand with David at the lead.

    More information on the Columbia class can be found at: http://www.public.navy.mil/subfor/hq/Documents/COLUMBIA%20Placemat.pdf

    Photos from the dinner meeting can be found at our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/TidewaterSectionASNE/

    This post was edited by Stephanie Kiffer

  • 20 Oct 2017 1:46 PM | Alexandria Fell (Administrator)

    The ASNE Tidewater Section wishes to extend it's sincere gratitude to Rear Admiral Whitney for taking the time to talk to us this past Wednesday at our monthly dinner meeting.

    RADM Whitney is the FFC Director of Fleet Maintenance. He gave an extremely interesting talk on the Navy's efforts to develop self sufficient sailors at sea and the mind shift of focusing on performing the required maintenance and ensuring the ship's crew is trained and how that leads to more units being able to deploy on time. As the world changes, the role of the Navy is becoming increasingly more relevant. Gone are the days when the battle was solely fought in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. US Navy vessels have found themselves being fired upon by missile wielding extremists. Training (or the lack there of) has serious consequences. In today's budget limited environment, "Data carries the day." RADM Whitney, the Secretary of the Navy and many others are really working towards gathering the necessary data and pushing towards faster decision making.

    At the end of his lecture, RADM Whitney lead a debate on the idea of collaboration particularly between the Military and Civilian Sector that is dedicated to keeping these ships running. They discussed ways to improve this collaboration as well as ideas to ensure today's sailors had the necessary skill set to maintain their own equipment. (A necessity when the ship may not be allowed any communication with the outside world.) Time will tell what the finished product looks like, but it sounds like the Navy is on the right track.

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