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Navy photos of Submarine USS San Francisco in Dry Dock (you won't believe the extent of damage!)
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Posted on 01/27/2005 12:42:24 PM PST by Boot Hill

The amount of damage is simply staggering!

That this boat ever made it back to port is a tribute to its designers, builders, and especially to the crew and captain. How does America keep finding men like these?


High resolution version here


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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: grounding; guam; navy; ssn711; submarine; usssanfrancisco
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If you look carefully, you'll notice warping and buckling of the hull, aft of the main damage area. That was also seen in this photo of SSN 711.
1 posted on 01/27/2005 12:42:24 PM PST by Boot Hill
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To: Boot Hill

Wow, the sonar dome is basically gone.


2 posted on 01/27/2005 12:43:33 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: Boot Hill

This is hardly surprising, given that they literally ran into a mountain.


3 posted on 01/27/2005 12:44:28 PM PST by Blzbba (Don't hate the player - hate the game!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Man oh man, have you seen this. I have to think that the Captain and the crew of this vessel did an incredible job.


4 posted on 01/27/2005 12:44:32 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: Boot Hill

Any sub experts out there? I wonder if the sub would be considered a total loss.


5 posted on 01/27/2005 12:45:14 PM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: Boot Hill

Holy crap!


6 posted on 01/27/2005 12:45:28 PM PST by AngryJawa (Now Accepting Ammo Donations)
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To: Boot Hill

That's incredible. I never would have guessed it could take that kind of damage and still get to port. How deep was it when it hit?


7 posted on 01/27/2005 12:45:50 PM PST by lafroste (gravity is not a force, dangit)
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To: Boot Hill

Can you say "scrap metal?"

Kudos to the constructors and crew.


8 posted on 01/27/2005 12:45:54 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: Boot Hill

Gonna need more nose work than Michael Jackson.


9 posted on 01/27/2005 12:46:33 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (It can't be said enough: Ted Kennedy left a woman to die while saving himself)
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To: Darkwolf377

hahahahahahaha


10 posted on 01/27/2005 12:46:55 PM PST by Michael_Michaelangelo (The best theory is not ipso facto a good theory. http://ww7.com/dna/)
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To: Bahbah

My thoughts eggzackly. Workmanship in the design, metallurgy and boatyard combined with sterling seamanship prevented a flatout sinking.


11 posted on 01/27/2005 12:47:00 PM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: Boot Hill

Amazing!


12 posted on 01/27/2005 12:47:00 PM PST by paws_and_whiskers
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To: MEG33; ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; anniegetyourgun; maestro; TEXOKIE; ...
The amount of damage is simply staggering!

That this boat ever made it back to port is a tribute to its designers, builders, and especially to the crew and captain. How does America keep finding men like these?


13 posted on 01/27/2005 12:47:12 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Boot Hill

I am not sure I see buckling of the hull. Basically, if the pressure hull remains intact, the submarine can remain neutrally bouyant while underwater. Damage to the exterior ballast tanks hinders the ability to surface and remain on the surface. That is the damage we see to the sonar and forward ballast tanks.

Looks like a "glancing blow". Another 20 feet to the right and we would still not know about the unknown sea mount.


14 posted on 01/27/2005 12:47:33 PM PST by WildTurkey (When will CBS Retract and Apologize?)
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To: Boot Hill; ChefKeith

Wow

ping


15 posted on 01/27/2005 12:48:12 PM PST by WestCoastGal (Daytona 500 ~~ 25 more days!!! 17 days to the Shootout ~~ WooHoo)
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To: JeeperFreeper
Their lives were saved also because of the measures the Navy took after the loss of the Thresher and the Scorpion.
16 posted on 01/27/2005 12:49:07 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: Boot Hill; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

HOLY CR@P!!!!!!


17 posted on 01/27/2005 12:49:29 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Darkwolf377

At least it'll look better than he does when it's done.


18 posted on 01/27/2005 12:49:34 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?)
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To: Boot Hill
A true testament to the crew, their Captian and the engineers that designed it.
An incredible feat to keep it from sinking, let alone return to port.
19 posted on 01/27/2005 12:49:54 PM PST by Jeeper (Virginia is for Jeepers.)
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To: Boot Hill

Just Damn!


20 posted on 01/27/2005 12:50:27 PM PST by roaddog727 (The marginal propensity to save is 1 minus the marginal propensity to consume.)
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To: Calpernia

Looks like it didn't hit it head on but at an angle.


21 posted on 01/27/2005 12:50:54 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Darkwolf377
Gonna need more nose work than Michael Jackson.

It'll cost less to set this sub right than MJ's nose, too.

22 posted on 01/27/2005 12:51:04 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Boot Hill

Holy crap!


23 posted on 01/27/2005 12:51:09 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: xrp
I wonder if the sub would be considered a total loss

Likely

24 posted on 01/27/2005 12:51:28 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: Pan_Yan

ping


25 posted on 01/27/2005 12:51:53 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (" It is not true that life is one damn thing after another-it's one damn thing over and over." ESV)
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To: Boot Hill

No wonder there were so many head injuries and contusions, it must have relly thrown people on impact. Makes me wonder if certain people "driving" and important to navigation are harnessed in.


26 posted on 01/27/2005 12:51:54 PM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Calpernia; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Remarkable story and pictures!


27 posted on 01/27/2005 12:52:40 PM PST by blackie
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To: Boot Hill
How did they get home like that!

PS, slap me silly and call me Bertha, but does anyone have the link to the story about what happened??

28 posted on 01/27/2005 12:53:02 PM PST by najida (Life is too short not to....Oh heck, life is just too dang short.)
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To: submarinerswife

submarinerswife, look at this.


29 posted on 01/27/2005 12:53:04 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (.drawkcab si enilgat yM !!PLEH)
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To: Boot Hill

Amazing they got the Boat back home!


30 posted on 01/27/2005 12:53:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: WildTurkey
About half way between those two people you will see the walkway go up and over a speedbump.

That speedbump was not in the original design!

That's the buckling.

31 posted on 01/27/2005 12:53:35 PM PST by steve in DC
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To: Boot Hill
Wow. Looking at the amount of damage on that ship, one can only be amazed.

Obviously, the Navy has got to investigate the captain to ensure that he didn't screw up at all. Since the mountain is not on their charts, I think he'll probably be cleared if there is no way he could be blamed for this. If the Navy can find that he was in no way to blame for the sub hitting the mountain, the very fact that he got it back is a testament to his seamanship, and that of his crew. If he made no mistake in the accident, than getting it back to port was nothing short of heroic and he deserves a medal.

Wow.

32 posted on 01/27/2005 12:53:52 PM PST by jude24 ("To go against conscience is neither right nor safe." - Martin Luther)
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To: Calpernia

I'll proudly say my elder son will be on one of these before the year is out as a Nuke. God Bless our Military.


33 posted on 01/27/2005 12:54:35 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: Boot Hill
Amazing pics.

I haven't heard too much about this story. How did the sub hit the underwater mountain? Is the captain facing charges?

34 posted on 01/27/2005 12:54:36 PM PST by Martin Tell (Red States Rule)
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To: Bahbah

Nope it was the engineers and the people who built it was the captain that ran it into a mountain =^)


35 posted on 01/27/2005 12:54:36 PM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: Boot Hill

Damn, the tarp did that much damage?

Just kidding. Prayers for the families of the lost crewmen and the injured.


36 posted on 01/27/2005 12:54:45 PM PST by Fierce Allegiance (GO PATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: IonImplantGuru

Ping...really looks frightening to me.


37 posted on 01/27/2005 12:55:11 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: lafroste
The Navy reported the depth as 525 feet.
38 posted on 01/27/2005 12:55:15 PM PST by Boot Hill (How do you verbalize a noun?)
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To: RightWhale

Why?..they're all modular construction....just cut off the nose section..add a new one..


39 posted on 01/27/2005 12:55:45 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Boot Hill

....Looks like it ran into the Grand Canyon?


40 posted on 01/27/2005 12:55:51 PM PST by maestro
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To: Boot Hill

The crew complains about the drills, but when it hits the fan, knowing exactly what to do makes all the difference between life and death. Kudos to CDR Mooney and the crew.


41 posted on 01/27/2005 12:56:32 PM PST by SmithL (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?)
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To: Boot Hill

BTTT


42 posted on 01/27/2005 12:56:35 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (don't be lazy look it up))
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To: Boot Hill

GAD!


43 posted on 01/27/2005 12:57:23 PM PST by sonofatpatcher2 (Texas, Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: WildTurkey
I am not sure I see buckling of the hull.

Look at the orange construction fence; the walkway to which it is affixed goes "up and over" a bulge in the hull.

44 posted on 01/27/2005 12:57:29 PM PST by Charles Martel
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To: ken5050

Cut off the nose all the way back to the sail. Might as well build a new sub. Just like a bent fender on a unibody van totals the vehicle.


45 posted on 01/27/2005 12:57:55 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: Darkwolf377

OK that was funny.........


46 posted on 01/27/2005 12:58:01 PM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: WildTurkey
"I am not sure I see buckling of the hull."

Top photo, just aft the forward yard worker, look at the shadows, it is buckled up. Also, see the photo I linked to in reply #1.

--Boot Hill

47 posted on 01/27/2005 12:58:42 PM PST by Boot Hill (How do you verbalize a noun?)
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To: Martin Tell

Put "submarine" in search title/date on the top of the browse page. Many threads/articles on this .


48 posted on 01/27/2005 12:59:49 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: OXENinFLA

Bump - Thank you, I'll have to post it on PF.


49 posted on 01/27/2005 12:59:54 PM PST by Gucho
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To: Boot Hill
No way they survived that...what an act of courage, training and I dare say luck!
50 posted on 01/27/2005 12:59:55 PM PST by Wheee The People (Oo ee oo ah ah, ting tang, walla-walla bing bang. Oo ee oo ah ah, ting tang, walla-walla bing bang!)
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