View post tag: system Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Vertical Launch System Installed in First AWD Industry news The Vertical Launch System (VLS) has been successfully installed in the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD). Combat proven with more than 3,500 successful missile firings, the MK 41 VLS module has been deployed by 12 navies, in more than 20 different ship classes in more than 180 ships. View post tag: AWD The system is a modular design with the basic foundation being an eight-cell MK 41 VLS module that can be assembled in desired numbers to meet specific mission and hull requirements. It is approximately 6.7 metres long and is installed below deck.A considerable amount of pre-work was undertaken to ensure installation ran smoothly and due to the sensitivity of the equipment on the VLS modules, a weather-tight staging area was constructed to ensure there was no risk of the equipment getting wet.The nature of the lift was a first, made possible by using the Manitowoc crane’s two hooks to successfully rotate the equipment from the horizontal to the vertical, and save time during the rotation. Traditionally, this is done using two separate cranes by BIW in the United States.The installation was a highly precise exercise, with an allowance of only 1mm on one side, and up to 10mm on other sides. Expert guidance was provided by a Test Director who travelled from the United States to verify the installation checkpoints.The success of the operation was evident when the first two modules were installed on the first day and the remaining four modules on the second day, when the schedule had allowed for the installation of one module per day.The thoroughness of preparation, organisation and team work allowed this significant time saving and further, through lessons learned in the installation to ship 01, the rigging team believe that it may be possible to load out all six modules in just one day for the remaining ships.[mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2014; Image: ASC Australia: Vertical Launch System Installed in First AWD May 7, 2014 View post tag: vertical View post tag: launch View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: installed View post tag: first View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Read Full Story Current smokers and people regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes compared with people who have never smoked, according to a new meta-analysis conducted by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, and National University of Singapore. The researchers estimated that 11.7% of cases of type 2 diabetes in men and 2.4% in women (about 27.8 million cases in total worldwide) may be attributable to active smoking. They also found that risk decreases as time elapses after smokers quit.“Cigarette smoking should be considered as a key modifiable risk factor for diabetes. Public health efforts to reduce smoking will have a substantial impact on the global burden of type 2 diabetes,” said co-author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology.The study will be published September 18, 2015 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.While the evidence pointing to smoking as a risk factor for cancer, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular disease is overwhelming, corroboration of a link between smoking and type 2 diabetes risk has been slower to build. In 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General’s report for the first time included a section on smoking and diabetes risk and argued for the causal relation between them, although it did not discuss the relation of passive smoking and smoking cessation with diabetes risk.