Romantic Submarines

Here is a little ditty for Aussie tax payers ….

A new, Spanish-designed submarine has a weighty problem: The vessel is more than 70 tons too heavy, and officials fear if it goes out to sea, it will not be able to surface.

And a former Spanish official says the problem can be traced to a miscalculation — someone apparently put a decimal point in the wrong place.

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The Isaac Peral, the first in a new class of diesel-electric submarines, was nearly completed when engineers discovered the problem

Diesel – tick

Designed by Europeans – tick

Overweight – tick

Cost – £1.75billion so far.  Results – priceless.

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16 Responses to Romantic Submarines

  1. Kurt

    70 tonnes!! Surely they mean 7 tonnes? Or 17? How do you accidently get 70 tonnes too much? In some countries the designers would be charged with sabatoge for a mistake like that.

  2. egg_

    Aren’t our [email protected] Aircraft Carriers Spanish?

  3. Rafe Champion

    A decimal in the wrong place could easily get 70 tonnes, and the mistake should have been spotted very early in the process, like at the stage of calculating the amount of stuff required for the build.

    Will our submarines be any more useful even if they come in at the correct weight?

  4. Leo G

    … someone apparently put a decimal point in the wrong place.

    A floating point error?

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Submarines are intended to submerge.
    Why does everyone assume that means they have to be able to resurface?
    Presumably that will be an add-on extra to the original Frog contract.
    Like twin exhaust pipes for a Nissan Leaf.

  6. Derp

    That’s an older story, 2013?

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    Make it very hard for the rowers that extra weighht wouldnt it ? Our Vote For Pyne class subs will be Light weights like the pollies who signed up for them ,we could buy the 70 tons off the Spanish and use it as ballast on the French ones ?
    I say Rowers ,,we wouldnt be allowed to use polluting diesel or noocleer ,and sails dont work well under water nir does windpower and solat ,so how are they going to get about ?
    Do we have permission from our unelected rulers at untidy nayshuns to buy weapons
    I mean we are Whhite Priveleged .?

  8. rickw

    A decimal in the wrong place could easily get 70 tonnes, and the mistake should have been spotted very early in the process, like at the stage of calculating the amount of stuff required for the build.

    CAD software gives you a weight and centre of mass at a click. Unless you incorrectly select the material of construction. Balsa?

  9. Chris M

    So fill them with helium.

  10. Zatara

    In some countries the designers would be charged with sabotage for a mistake like that.

    In some countries the designers would be taken out the back and shot.

    They won’t be the first to have screwed the pooch tho.

    The Vasa is a 1200 ton Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The ship foundered after sailing about 1,300 meters into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628.

    Richly decorated as a symbol of the king’s ambitions for Sweden and himself, upon completion it was one of the most powerfully armed vessels in the world. However, Vasa was dangerously unstable, with too much weight in the upper structure of the hull. Despite this lack of stability, it was ordered to sea and foundered only a few minutes.

    Ouch.

  11. Eyrie

    Nearly 40 years ago SA Fisheries Department re-fitted their research vessel under the eye of a naval architect.
    All the latest gadgets, electronics etc. Re-launched into Port River (millpond calm) and after 5 minutes turned turtle and sank. Then a month was spent before re-floating while the bureaucrats argued over whose responsibility it was.
    Around the same time the railway line just west of Gawler town center was re-ballasted. Nobody checked or adjusted the load gauges up the line. Train came and damaged the horseshoe bridge over the line. Took a few months to repair . Just done and another train damaged it again only more seriously.
    I reckoned the number plates should have read “SA – State of Incompetence”.

  12. Terry

    We should be getting ScoMo to hit Uncle Donald up for a dozen or so Virginia’s! (for so many very, very good reasons).

  13. Texas Jack

    Terry
    #3159764, posted on September 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    We should be getting ScoMo to hit Uncle Donald up for a dozen or so Virginia’s! (for so many very, very good reasons).

    Yeap, and ASAP. The French diesel Krudd will make the NBN look like child’s play, except we’re talking about projecting force strategically, not improving the HD on our porn.

  14. Squirrel

    Made in Barcelona, by people who keep Siberian hamsters as pets……?

  15. Fair shake of the Sauce bottle

    Have they tried Warnies Chinese medicine diet?

  16. nfw

    On the bright side, it will dive a bit faster than expected.

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