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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ship handling with a lightly laden vessel? on: August 08, 2018, 07:29:51 am
I suspect that any Pilot will tell you that there is a significant difference between fully loaded and nearly empty ships.  Turn radius, response to engine orders, directional stability are all significantly different.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Submarine Photos on: November 08, 2015, 02:32:22 am
There are a few such photos on the site.  Perhaps the best way to find them without digging through thousands of submarine photos or searching for each individual name is to use the Advanced Search function at the upper right.  In the name block enter "ssbn" or "ssgn", then select "anywhere" in the box next to the name, then go to Category and select Military and Submarines.  I came up with 19 US SSBN and three US SSGN.

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Category standards: Military ships on: October 14, 2015, 06:15:12 pm
A very good question.  From my perspective, I would suggest that armament photos be labeled with the armament, not the ship's name, with ship's name in remarks, and perhaps pennant number.  Using Emmanuel's excellent example of a Russian Udaloy II-class Destroyer, you might end up with photos of the 130mm/54 twin gun mount, SS-N-22 SSM missile tubes, twin 30mm Gatling guns, anti-sub mortars, and torpedo tubes.

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Category standards: Military ships on: October 14, 2015, 05:02:43 am
Jose has a very good point.  If we can keep 500+ photos of some abominable human livestock carrier, we can certainly keep the best three to five of each ship's crest.  There are less than 300 ship's crest photos in total, weeding out a handful and keeping the majority is a good solution.
Now if we could limit the number of photos of the human livestock carriers...

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Category standards: Military ships on: October 13, 2015, 02:31:42 am
Should it be made clear that for flight decks and ships’ crests a single example per ship will be retained on the site?  Site moderators will attempt to retain the clearest and most representative example. 
** Concur **

Should the interpretation for Armaments be that a single example per type of armament will be retained, on a similar basis? 
** The problem with armaments is that very few list the actual armament, most list the ship's name, often with little amplifying data. It will be a big task to sort through the 700+ armaments photos, correctly label them, and then thin them out.  I am willing to take on this task a bit at a time. However, I think that only a single example per armament type is too restrictive.  For example the Oto-Melara 76mm gun is widely used by many navies and coast guards.  Limiting that system to a single photo is simply not realistic. **

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding. on: October 12, 2015, 08:37:48 pm
@Wade Have you ever boarded a submarine? Firstly, I always thought that the military were a fairly suspicious bunch & wouldn't allow pilots on board. Secondly, due to the curvature of the hull, I'm guessing there's no easy way except for a long-jump to gain a foothold.
I board submarines on a daily basis.  Best method is a brow rigged from the pilot boat or tug to the submarine's deck.  Second best is waiting until the tug is secured alongside, then going across the rounded hull with the aid of a long and sturdy boat hook.  Jumping is a bad idea, they have been underwater and the rubber hull tiles are slick with growth, a recipe for an unplanned dunking.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding. on: October 11, 2015, 10:04:37 pm
Agreed on the gloves.  I only wear them where I expect a really dirty ladder (on semi-submersibles fouled with seaweed or barnacles).
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding. on: October 11, 2015, 05:59:07 pm
Here is a shot of a pilot boarding via a good pilot ladder on a clean hull in good weather, many of the risks mitigated, but still quite a climb.
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding. on: September 29, 2015, 06:18:59 am
As a pilot, I prefer:
1.  a low side-port over a high deck.
2.  A fixed installed ladder (sometimes on the stern) over a portable pilot ladder.
3.  A sturdy ladder over a flimsy ladder (I have destroyed a couple of sub-standard pilot ladders).
4.  A ladder that lays flush against the hull over a ladder that hangs away from the hull in mid-air.
5.  Boarding in sheltered water over boarding in rough seas.
6.  For large ships, an elevator instead of eight levels of stairs.
7.  Because the threat of going in the water is always present, warm tropical water with minimal currents over frigid northern waters with strong currents.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: HMCS Protecteur (AOR509) retired/future unknown on: May 17, 2015, 02:58:26 am
A sad loss, but it was already well past time for them to be replaced.
Here is perhaps the last photo of Protecteur under her own power: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1957148
And a couple of her departing Pearl Harbor on her last voyage under tow: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2034623
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2034620
Perhaps the RCN will charter or borrow a US (MSC) Oiler until the new ships are completed?
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Need help identifying a (Navy?) ship on: January 06, 2015, 11:05:51 pm
It is almost certainly the U.S. Army Vessel USAV Major General Robert Smalls (LSV-8).  Only two in this sub-class, and the USAV SSGT Robert T. Kuroda (LSV-7) is based in Hawaii.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Naval Vessels on: June 22, 2013, 08:16:28 pm
I am generally happy with the current protocol for naval vessels.  While I wish there were a way to easily link other photos of the same ship, the protocol is mostly effective.
Some prefixes, such as Japan's, have changed (from JDS to JS).  However, to ease the search function, I have continued to list them as JDS, even though that is no longer completely accurate.
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