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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

"With the U.S. Navy attempting to keep its surface combatants such as the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers for 40-45 years each, sailors and maintainers must do everything they can to keep corrosion under control, one of the service's senior-most engineering duty officers told a gathering of naval engineers June 20.

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command, said the fleet spends billions to keep corrosion under control and that all levels of maintenance must make that a priority…."
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In the other hand…the Chinese are claiming to have a solution to rust on their ships and military equipment…



14Bore03 Jul 2019 12:57 p.m. PST

Salt water tends to cause rust.
1 coat primer and 5 coats of paint

USAFpilot03 Jul 2019 1:26 p.m. PST

And I can't even keep my patio furniture from rusting.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2019 3:26 p.m. PST

It's that dang oxygen! If we could just get rid of that stuff…..

Zephyr103 Jul 2019 7:53 p.m. PST

That's why you got like 3000 people on a ship; 200 to run it, the rest to scrape rust… ;-)

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2019 3:59 a.m. PST

And the rust problem is getting worse since the list of products that ward it off is growing smaller over time, while replacements are not necessarily just as good or any cheaper.

Same with the products they used to keep all kinds of barnacles and other lifeforms from settling on the hull, regulation have banned quite a few products that got rid of them, but also poisoned all marine life. The result is damage to the hull and increased fuel consumption.

It's an uphill struggle.

Lion in the Stars04 Jul 2019 2:03 p.m. PST

That's why you got like 3000 people on a ship; 200 to run it, the rest to scrape rust… ;-)

It's not quite that bad.

It's more like 200 people per shift to run it and the remaining 2400 to scrape rust. evil grin

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