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Seaward Sends Live Video Feed of Rudder Inspection

Posted September 15, 2013
Written by Cecil C. Achord
During an underwater inspection of USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) Seaward Marine Mob-5 divers reported rudder clearance measurements inconsistent with design specifications. After contacting Navy engineers it was decided that a more extensive (Level III) inspection was needed.

Seaward's IT Director Cecil C. Achord quickly established a live audio/video web feed from the dive station to the NAVSEA program manager in Washington D.C. to observe and direct the underwater inspection and assess the condition of the rudder stock hull seal, rudder, and rudder stock retaining nut for signs of a dropping rudder. 

By quickly establishing the live web feed NAVSEA personnel did not have to mobilize to Norfolk, VA to monitor and accept the inspection results, and allowed NICHOLAS to meet a mission critical departure time. Thanks to all who participated in this combined effort.

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