Addressing the Threat
What a timely and powerful
message the great cover story
and Editor’s Note, featured in your
May issue, present to all readers
about the ominous mine and UIED
[underwater improvised explosive
device] threat to our ports.
“Sweeping Problem: Abandoning
Cold War Precautions Leaves U.S.
Ports Vulnerable to Mines” says it so
well. We do need to get our DHS
[Department of Homeland Security]
and military leaders to step forward
and identify and assign the roles,
responsibilities and funding for each
key government sector to counter
this significant threat of mines and
UIEDs to our major ports — and to
conduct the vital “ahead of time”
detailed route surveys of our ports.
Also, each of our major ports
needs to step forward as well — as is
the Port of Charleston with its
Project Seahawk. Project Seahawk is
now developing ways to prevent, as
well as respond effectively to, a terrorist mine threat by addressing it
well ahead of time on all fronts. Let’s
all address this threat, starting now.
Ijust finished reading and enjoying
my May issue of Seapower and
noticed the picture on page 58 of the
NASA space suit and the propeller.
The propeller is misidentified as a
propeller from the C-130J. Actually, it
is a propeller from the E-2D [Advan-ced Hawkeye airborne command-and-control aircraft] and is being
retrofitted to the E-2C [Hawkeye].
Dowty-Rotol made the six-bladed
composite propeller for the C-130J
and Hamilton Standard [now Hamilton Sundstrand] made the eight-bladed composite propeller for the
E-2C/D. The propeller in the picture
was on the Hamilton Sundstrand
display [shown in the photograph
from the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in March].
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Petrucci is a former Lockheed Martin
engineer and member of the C-130J
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