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Why ships collide

August 26, 2017 - 06:19 -- Admin

Interesting bit in The New York Times about why it's more likely naval vessels will get into bingles than commercial ships:

Naval ships, designed to avoid detection by enemy fleets and aircraft, are exempt from an international requirement that vessels automatically and continuously broadcast their position, course and speed. They tend to have fewer lights than many commercial vessels, making them harder to pick out. They are painted gray to blend into the sea during wartime but become even more difficult to spot at night. And a growing number of modern naval vessels, including the John S. McCain, are designed to scatter incoming radar signals, so that they are less detectable...

...ships like the John S. McCain, a Burke-class destroyer, are considered among the Navy"s best examples of vessels with a smaller radar signature, according to several former officers. They are low to the waterline, with equipment masts tilted to the ship"s stern, rounded edges and no large “citadels” rising high off the deck, like those on cruisers