Antarctic Resupply at McMurdo–After the Icebreaker

MSC M/V Ocean Giant at the ice pier, McMurdo Station

The Military Sealift Command has given us a three part series on their operations to resupply McMurdo Station

“Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Port Unit 114 Gets Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Underway On Time”

“Military Sealift Command Chartered Ship Arrives in Antarctica in Support of Operation Deep Freeze 2018”

“MSC Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Fuel Delivery Operations begin at McMurdo Station With Arrival of M/T Maersk Peary

Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention. 

New Hull Form

Milkor high-speed 12 meter interceptor

NavyRecognition brings us a report of a proposed craft based on an innovative full form, a hydrofoil assisted catamaran.

There is more info on the design from the originator here.

They claim a 54 knot top speed. They also claim five days endurance, but it doesn’t look like that is a reasonable expectation for normal operations, since it has a crew of only four and only two bunks. It is only 12 meters (40 feet) long with a beam of 4.8 meters (15.7′).

Still this new tech is not just vaporware. The Corps of Engineers has taken delivery of a survey vessel using this technology, S/V Ewell.

All aluminum S/V Ewell has a 61 ft 4 in length overall and 24 ft beam.

“Designed and built to Lloyd’s Register Special Service Craft rules, the Ewell is equipped with twin 985 bhp MAN V8 propulsion engines which each turn a Hamilton waterjet allowing for quick mobilization and response at high speeds in excess of 34 knots and survey speeds up to 10 knots.”

Like most aspects of Naval Architecture, there are compromises. This hull form is for vessels that can be kept light and will spend a lot of time at high cruise speeds.

A final note: The MILKOR design includes a 40mm grenade launcher as its main armament. Having tested a 40mm grenade launcher as a naval weapon, I found they are unsuitable for use against another vessel. They might be OK for laying down suppressive fire against an enemy on shore, but their long time of flight and high trajectory means they are very inaccurate against moving point targets.

Commander, Pacific Area Talks About Operating Budget

At Naval Base San Diego, Coast Guard Vice Admiral Fred Midgette, Commander, Pacific Area, Commander, Coast Guard Defense Force West answers questions during a press conference where he announced that 39,000 pounds of cocaine had been seized during the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche’s current deployment, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in San Diego. The Coast Guard cutter on Thursday off-loaded narcotics that were confiscated in 25 separate busts that took place off the coasts of Central and South America over the past fiscal year. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports an address by Pacific Area Commander and Commander Coast Guard Defense Force West, Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, discussing the need to address operating budget short falls.

Incidentally, VAdm. Midgette has spent some time afloat.

“Vice Admiral Midgette has served afloat on both coasts and the Great Lakes, earning designation as a Coast Guard Cutterman and a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He has commanded four Coast Guard cutters and served afloat on the CGC TANEY (Portsmouth, VA); USS FIFE (San Diego, CA); CGC POINT LEDGE (Fort Bragg, CA); CGC POINT WINSLOW (Eureka & Morro Bay, CA); CGC KATMAI BAY (Sault Ste. Marie, MI); CGC HARRIET LANE (Portsmouth, VA); CGC FORWARD (Portsmouth, VA); and America’s Tall Ship – the Coast Guard Barque EAGLE (New London, CT). He is the 14th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard – an honorary position held by an officer with over ten years of cumulative sea duty who has held the qualification as a Cutterman longer than any other officer.”

Nice to see a 327 sailor made good.