Re: US Navy Ships
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Thu, 9 Jun 1994 23:38:33 -0600
On Thu, 9 Jun 1994, Peter Van Houten wrote:
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> Last night, Pack 383 broke up into three groups of 50 each and had tours of
> two destroyers and one frigate. I was the leader on one of the destroyers,
> the USS Elliott. Our tour guide was the ship's CIC officer (I didn't get the
> full meaning of CIC, but I gathered it had to do with combat).
---CIC stands for Combat Information Center. This is the facility that
enables the ship to perform its wartime function.
> We had 50 people (Scouts and families) and he led us throughout the ship
> showing us it's armaments (including Tomohawk launchers and Harpoon Missles),
> control centers, rador control, sonar room, R2D2, Signal room, and much much
---For those that don't know, R2D2 refers to a point-defense anti-missile
system. It is called R2D2 because it resembles the character by that name
in the Star Wars series. It consists of a multi-barrelled gatling gun
firing large caliber rounds at a high rate (something like 3000 rounds per
second). The characteristic shape comes from the fact that unit has its
own radar in a small dome. An example of how effective this system is can
be seen in a system failure experienced by a R2D2 on a ship I served
aboard. The system jammed after three seconds, having fired only 62
rounds, 56 of which hit the drone that was target--it was sufficiently
damaged that the drone immediately crashed.
The Signal Room you visited may have been only one of two or three such
rooms. The ship I served aboard had two Signal Rooms, the second of which
you would not have seen [ unless they were planning on doing a Tom
Cruz--you know, show you then kill you ;-) ]
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> I'm sure that groups who live on normal ship ports this may be old hat, but
> if you haven't taken the opportunity to take your Packs/Troops on a Navy
> ship....Do so! It's a GREAT trip.
It surely is!
> In Scouting . . .
> Peter Van Houten / E-Mail:
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