USS Cole Helps Keep German Navy’s Vessel Running

first_img View post tag: running View post tag: FGS Schleswig Holstein December 3, 2014 Authorities View post tag: helps German Navy’s Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Schleswig-Holstein (F 216) experienced an engineering casualty recently in one of its diesel engines and requested assistance from the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67).The cause of the casualty was a 1.5mm metric nut that held down one of the pistons on a diesel engine. The Germans were unable to repair or replace the part, and it had caused them to make an unscheduled stop in Souda Bay, Greece for assistance.Machinery Repairman 1st Class Phillip Markets was called to assist with the issue. Being a machinery repairman, manufacturing repair parts like the nut the Germans needed was second nature to Marcotte, but this job was a particular challenge for him.First off, it was metric, which is totally different from what we use in the U.S. Navy.I also had to custom-make a high-speed internal threading tool because we didn’t have a small enough threading tool aboard the ship for the lathe.After creating the tool and reconfiguring the ship’s lathe, a machine which crafts parts for metric threading, Marcotte made a brass prototype to test the fit.With a successful prototype made, Marcotte found a hex-head bolt and crafted a nut from it.The following day, the part, which fit perfectly, was installed aboard the Schleswig-Holstein. The repair allowed the German ship to regain maximum fuel economy for their engines and depart on schedule later that day.[mappress mapid=”14606″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: keep View post tag: Navy View post tag: americascenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: vessel View post tag: USS Cole View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Cole Helps Keep German Navy’s Vessel Running View post tag: German Navy USS Cole Helps Keep German Navy’s Vessel Running Share this articlelast_img