The US Navy, to save money on crew, has instituted the Smart Ship
program to automate ships by using computer networks. In keeping with the
government's "Buy off the shelf" programs, the network is based on Microsoft's
Windows NT Advanced Server.
In recent sea trials, the prototype Smart Ship, Aegis missile cruiser Yorktown, experienced massive network failures causing it to go dead in the water. So tied up in politics and military careers have these events become, it seems impossible to find the truth. We have seen articles claiming everything from "the network was down for 30 minutes on two occasions" to "towed back to port several times".
Towed back to port at least twice seems to be the consensus, as nearly as we can determine it.
[ UPDATE: - 10-12-00 - Here's a link for more information: Yorktown. ]
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