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08-01-2011, 12:01 AM
Radioactive Material Leaked from a New Chinese Nuclear Submarine in Dalian, China

Boxun exclusive news: According to sources at the Dalian Naval Academy in Dalian, Chinese Navy's new nuclear submarine anchored in Dalian(port) had sudden radioactive material leak on July 29.

At the time, technicians from China Era Electronic Corp. were installing electronic devices in the submarine, and the incident occurred without warning. .. Currently, the cause of the accident is under investigation. Military sealed off the area and try to stop news leaks on the order from military command in Dalian

Must have been loads of laughs inside as the radiation alarms all went off...How many crew members now glowing in the dark ?

08-01-2011, 01:03 AM
Must have loads of laughs inside as the radiation alarms all went off...How many crew members now glowing in the dark ?

I'm guessing all of them.

This is why you never buy surplus Russian nuclear subs. :D

08-01-2011, 01:55 AM
I'm guessing all of them.

This is why you never buy surplus Russian nuclear subs. :D

Or an Aircraft Carrier from the French...

Charles de Gaulle

The Charles de Gaulle has suffered from a variety of problems [see James Dunnigan's "How NOT to Build an Aircraft Carrier"]. The Charles de Gaulle took eleven years to build, with construction beginning in 1988 and entering service in late 2000. For comparison, constructino of the American CVN 77 began in 2001 with a projected delivery in 2008. The 40,000 ton ship is slower than the conventionally powered Foch, which she it replaced. The propellers on the CDG did not work properly, so she recycled those of the Foch. The nuclear reactor was problematic, with the engine crew receiving five times the allowable annual radiation dose. The flight deck layout has precluded operating the E-2 radar aircraft.
French Aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle returns YET AGAIN to port for repair..
French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91)

Sea Trials and technical problems

....I'll swear This thing is cursed...

They had so many problems with launching non jump jets they finally asked America to install steam catapults to launch American E-2c and F-18's.....

Charles de Gaulle entered sea trials in 1999. These identified the need to extend the flight deck to safely operate the E-2C Hawkeye. This operation sparked negative publicity, however, as the same tests had been conducted on both Foch and Clemenceau when the F-8E(FN) Crusader fighter had been introduced. The 5 million francs for the extension was 0.025% of the total budget for Charles de Gaulle project.

On 28 February 2000, a nuclear reactor trial triggered the combustion of additional isolation elements, producing a smoke incident.

During the night of 9 November 2000, in the Western Atlantic while en route toward Norfolk, Virginia, the port propeller broke and the ship had to towed back to Toulon to replace the faulty unit.

The investigations that followed showed similar structural faults in the other propeller and in the spare propellers: bubbles in the one-piece copper-aluminium alloy propellers near the centre.

The fault was blamed on the supplier, Atlantic Industries, which had already gone bankrupt. To make matters worse, all documents relating to the design and fabrication of the propellers had been lost in a fire.

As a temporary solution, the less advanced spare propellers of Clemenceau and Foch were used, limiting the maximum speed to 24 knots (44 km/h) instead of the contractual 27 knots (50 km/h).

On 5 March 2001, Charles de Gaulle went back to sea with two older propellers and sailed 25.2 knots (47 km/h) on her trials. Between July and October, Charles de Gaulle had to be refitted once more due to abnormal noises, as loud as 100 dB, near the starboard propeller, which had rendered the aft part of the ship uninhabitable.

On 8 November 2001, a sailor performing a routine maintenance task lost consciousness due to a toxic gas leak. A non-commissioned officer attempted to rescue him and collapsed as well. They were rescued by the on-board medical team and sent to Toulon Hospital. Both survived.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_aircraft_carrier_Charles_de_Gaulle_%28R91%2 9

08-01-2011, 11:38 AM
...and Kalifornia is buying a new bridge for the Bay Area 'cause its construction cost is cheaper than "made in the USA". Nevermind that a major highway in China had to be closed about the same time because many of the guard rail bolts were never tightened!