U.S. Navy Torpedo Boats To Use Omnithruster Hydrojet Systems
According to Omnithruster Inc. president Charles M. Aker, three new U.S. Navy YTT Class torpedo and mine testing vessels will be equipped with Omnithruster hydrojet maneuvering and propulsion systems. McDermott Shipyard, Amelia, La., has contracted for Omnithruster Mark II hydrojet Model JT700TDs for YTTs -9, -10 and -11, which are under construction at the yard. The 350-hp units are equipped with a microprocessor-based 1200A control system.
YTTs, which have a length of 185 feet, 45-foot beam and draft of 12 feet, are used to test underwater ordnance at the Naval Undersea Test Facilities and recover the spent torpedoes for further testing. "A prime necessity for this application is precise maneuvering, position keeping and automatic heading control," stated Mr. Aker.
As an industry leader, Omnithruster has created a number of innovative and future-oriented designs and products to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of marine transportation, including lower-acoustical noise systems for both military and non-tactical commercial vessels. Omnithruster also produces specialized ice management systems for polar class highperformance ships.
Omnithruster hydrojet maneuvering and propulsion systems operate efficiently whether the vessel is in light ship conditions or deepdrafted and while underway or when station-keeping. Systems are currently installed in many vessel types from tugs, barges and fishing boats to icebreakers, large cruise liners, minesweepers, tankers, research, seismic, and hydrographic vessels.
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