AGOR 28: SIO Shipyard Representative Bi-Weekly Progress Report
SCRIPPS INST OF OCEANOGRAPHY SAN DIEGO NIMITZ MARINE FACILITY
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Progress on the building of AGOR 28, oceanographic research vessel Sally Ride. Work continues on initial outfitting lists for Sally Ride and NS5 Hierarchy. Neil Armstrong got underway to perform emergency drills for Coast Guard. SOLAS rules require rescue boat to be launched while underway. Armstrongs crew did very well on these drills, no issues. Rescue boat launched initially with a simulated load of two crew members. No connection point provided for Rescue Boat Sea Painter, no bitts or cleats provided mid-ships. Armstrong mounted small cleat to fuel tank vent for RB. Sufficient for this drill but not for long term. Ship got underway without drama. Equipment came on line fairly smoothly, and despite the steep learning curve things went well especially considering this was the first time the crew were doing it completely on their own. The test of Armstrongs port side anchor windlass failed while the third shot was being paid out under power. When the chain slipped six links, the test was called for safety.
- Marine Engineering