00:10:54 - 00:13:05 Memories
memories, projects, Navy, Gulf War, minesweepers, testing
Were there any special projects that your team worked on that you have particularly strong memories of?
Oh yeah there's several of them. First one was we did a project for the Navy. It was right during the first Gulf War and at the time a concern in the war was that the Iraqis were going to mine the state streets of Hormuz and shut off the oil supply. So the Navy sent over some Navy minesweepers to make sure that they could sweep the mines up. And they had just built the new class of minesweepers, they had fifteen of them built, and while they were sending two of them over to Gulf, they were doing sea trials on two others and they had some failures in the engine room. The connections that held the engines down broke loose. And basically they came to us to find out what the problem was and we explained, after doing a bunch of testing, we explained what was wrong with the connection and then we came up with some techniques to repair it and we had to test all those too, so it was a fair amount of testing on that. So anyway the bottom line of it was that each minesweeper then carried a repair kit onboard based on our recommendations on how to fix the problem. Fortunately they never had to use it because they never mined the Straights of Hormuz. So, we never did find out if it worked in actual, in action but it did work in the laboratory so I say that near as I know to this day those minesweepers still carrying those repair kits onboard. So that was interesting.