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HMS Daring to be delayed until 2010

Seaweed said:
Besides Inclining Experiment, plotting turning circles so as to calculate advance and transfer, speed trials etc there is all the setting to work TOGETHER of the various components of the armament (what used to be called HATS and SATS), magnetic signature, does the prewetting work/cover everything, ...but it's a bit of a puzzle why this should take longer than six months.

You would be surprised I can remeber doing part of first of class trials 3 years after the boat was commisioned, and we were secoond of class. Every boat/ship has hast and sats, they are the bit about proving the boat was built by the builder as per contract. The first of class involves a lot more where both the ship and it's systems are fully characterised. For example for the fire control system hats and sats will simply confirm it works to the spec, in first of class trials they will stretch the system a to see how much better than spec it is, whether it can achieve performance in areas not covered by the spec. For example I understand that during first of class trials they discovered sea dart had capability outside that requested in the spec and this became of value later in the system life leading to further development and improvement of that capability.


War Hero
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My own experience is probably too dated but I joined both Tiger and London in the builder's yard. In the case of London we were not 1st of class of course and I don't know what the timings were for Devonshire. However we commissioned in November 1963 and fired our first Seaslug in April 1964; FOST workup May and June 64.

It depends also I suppose on what 'ready for service' means to defence ministers. Tiger commissioned in March 1959 but it was not until late 1960 that her 6" were persuaded to fire a burst without breaking down, but which time we had been Med Fleet flagship for nearly a year - indeed it was nearly time to go home. This in spite of years of trials of this new mounting in Cumberland. The new 3" were no better.
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