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Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History
Posted by: ROBERT M. ()
Date: October 28, 2008 09:02AM

Bob Culver:

36 ounces of sphero-hexagonal black powder was used with pyralin wads to make up
the torpedo impulse charges.

The charges were prepared by the senior torpedoman under the supervision of the
chief torpedoman.

When the ship was in a combat zone, the one charge was loaded into all ten impulse
chambers and the powder was kept topside in a special watertight locker aft of
No. 1 torpedo tube mount.

The MK VI magnetic influence exploder mechanisms were de-activated by
removing the pick-up rod from the warhead.

Upon receiving the ALNAV to remove the exploder mechanisms from the warheads, they were stowed in their appropriate steel boxes and stowed below.

All MK XV torpedoes (like yours) used the MK VI magnetic-influence exploder
mechanism. It was composed of the magnetic feature and the contact feature. When the torpedo was launched, the brass impeller turned and caused the mechanical arming of the contact exploder; after about 481 turns the exploder was armed.
Also, the impeller drove the DC generator that provided the voltage to operate
the electronic circuit and charge the 8 MFD capacitor, which was used to detonate the 65-grain fulminate mercury detonator. There was no other exploder mechanism
in the Navy's inventory to be used in the MK XV torpedo.

Regards,

ROBERT M.

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USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History Bob Culver 05/08/2003 02:36PM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History ROBERT M. 05/18/2003 06:50PM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History Bob Culver 05/19/2003 01:41PM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History ROBERT M. 10/28/2008 09:02AM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History ROBERT M. 08/21/2012 05:47AM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History Bob Culver 05/19/2003 01:41PM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History David L Gibson 10/28/2008 03:21AM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History Chris Bohler 04/05/2010 12:51AM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History Alfred Ace Noffsinger 04/06/2012 06:42PM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History don jaffa 11/26/2017 12:06PM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History ROBERT M. 10/28/2008 04:21AM
Re: USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Ship's History Bob Harmer 08/21/2012 02:34AM


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