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News Release, NAVAIR News
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.–Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, III, commander, Naval Air Forces earlier this year had a chance to view the operation of the first Compact Swaging Machine (CSM) to reach the fleet, during a visit aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) earlier this year.
Nimitz is the first aircraft carrier to have the CSM installed. The ship’s crew will soon be the first to use the technology to swage a terminal onto a purchase cable, which is used to arrest aircraft on the ship’s flight deck. Purchase cables connect the arresting wire to the arresting gear engines and “pay out” as the arresting wire is grabbed by the landing aircraft’s tailhook to allow for a smooth, controlled arrestment.
“I am elated to see the CSM’s integration into the fleet getting underway,” said Paula Parsons, Mk-7 and CSM Team Lead. “The benefit it brings to both Sailors’ quality of life and operational readiness is significant.”
The CSM replaces a decades-old socket-pouring process that requires three to five Sailors to work with molten zinc on a moving ship, and takes up to 12 hours per swage. A ship’s crew will pour 16 to 25 terminals during a typical six-month deployment. With the new process, a single Sailor can create a new terminal on the end of a purchase cable in no more than one hour.
The CSM system, designed by engineers at NAVAIR and New Hampshire-based contractor Creare LLC, is an advanced hydraulic system that employs an 800-ton press and an automated process to swage the terminal onto the cable, eliminating the hazards of molten metal socket pouring and significantly reduces the number of man-hours required to create new cables.
Each carrier in the U.S. fleet is slated to receive two CSMs, as ship availabilities permit.
The CSM is one of 48 systems managed by theAircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office(PMA-251)