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US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf
NBC News ^ | August 12, 2012

Posted on 08/12/2012 8:40:19 AM PDT by JerseyanExile

An oil tanker collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday but no one was hurt and shipping traffic in the waterway, through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass, was not affected, officials said.

"Both vessels are okay and the Strait of Hormuz is not closed, and business is as usual there," an Oman coast guard official told Reuters, declining to be named under briefing rules.

The collision nevertheless left a gaping hole in the starboard side of USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer suffered, but no one was injured on either vessel, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The collision with the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m. local time.

The cause of the incident is under investigation, the Navy said, adding that there were no reports of spills or leakages from either the USS Porter or the Otowasan.

(Excerpt) Read more at worldnews.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: collisionatsea; hormuzcollision; persiangulf; straitofhormuz; usnavy; ussporter
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1 posted on 08/12/2012 8:40:27 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Damn. A score of promising Navy careers are now in ruins.


2 posted on 08/12/2012 8:42:22 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: JerseyanExile

Well, they do call the ship a destroyer. What the heck did the Navy expect it to do? Sheesh.


3 posted on 08/12/2012 8:44:25 AM PDT by llevrok (2012 : Elect Adults)
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To: SamAdams76

Yup!

Size matters.


4 posted on 08/12/2012 8:48:00 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: SamAdams76
"Damn. A score of promising Navy careers are now in ruins.

But what if some of the officers are LGBT, women or minorities? That would be racist AND sexist.

5 posted on 08/12/2012 8:49:08 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: JerseyanExile
Holy carp! That's some serious "damage". I don't think the local Maaco® Body Shop & Collision Center is going to be able to fix that *ding*, in a few days.
6 posted on 08/12/2012 8:49:32 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: SamAdams76

What was the name of that Truck Driving School? Truck Master?


7 posted on 08/12/2012 8:50:15 AM PDT by EnglishOnly (Fight all out to win OR get out now.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Not a problem...it’ll buff right out.


8 posted on 08/12/2012 8:51:25 AM PDT by mrpotatohead
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WOW! That’s one hell of a dent.

Oh well, just rope off the deck, hang a tarp over it and send it back to BIW, they’ll fix it right up.


9 posted on 08/12/2012 8:51:51 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: SamAdams76

Old Army saying:”Shit runs downhill.” Methinks it applicable to Navy as well...


10 posted on 08/12/2012 8:52:13 AM PDT by donozark (I never trusted anyone above the rank of Corporal, including myself.)
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To: SamAdams76

Certainly damaged and it really won’t matter who is at fault.

I have an uncle who was on track to be an astronaut till he ditched a fighter jet in the Atlantic back in the 70s. He still had a very successful career in the Navy for another 20 years but the Astronaut thing evaporated overnight.


11 posted on 08/12/2012 8:53:58 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: llevrok
What the heck did the Navy expect it to do?

I think they expected it to destroy....something other than itself.

12 posted on 08/12/2012 8:54:56 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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Collisions and groundings are usually pretty bad for the careers of those involved.

Back in WW2, my great-uncle ended up getting his first command because of a grounding. The first CO of the destroyer Bailey grounded her on some rocks off the Maine coast during her shake-down cruise, so he was relieved of command and my relative was given the ship.

13 posted on 08/12/2012 8:58:38 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: mrpotatohead

Bondo. A couple of tons ought to do it.


14 posted on 08/12/2012 8:59:20 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: cripplecreek
The U.S. Navy is very unforgiving with respect to accidents with their vessels. No matter whose fault it is, the commanding officer will pay a price as this incident will always be in his file - keeping him forever from the higher ranks.

To make it to the top in the Navy, you have to be very good AND very lucky. There are no allowances made for bad luck.

15 posted on 08/12/2012 9:01:19 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: JerseyanExile
Likely playing "chicken" on orders from Zero to raise the volatility of the Iran, Syria situation.

This sort of stuff used to go on all the time, at sea, near communist nations, and the commies would back down and turn off.

Now, it's the other way around, and the foreign shipping will ram the US warships, and do so with impunity.

There is no way an oil tanker could maneuver to ram a US destroyer if they tried, it is an incident where they refused to be bullied and cowed, a sea change in foreign attitude toward the United States.

16 posted on 08/12/2012 9:04:05 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Is this a boat with a lesbian driver?


17 posted on 08/12/2012 9:06:45 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Internet fun fact: There is 1 person named walter wawra in Kalamazoo, MI.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Methinks the title might be misleading. When you are struck in the side, a more appropriate title might be "US Naval Ship STRUCK BY oil tanker.

Particularly, this hit looks it might be near the stern, meaning the destroyer would have had the right-of-way. That said, it's lights out for the destroyer skipper.

18 posted on 08/12/2012 9:07:20 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: SamAdams76

As well they should be


19 posted on 08/12/2012 9:08:34 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: SamAdams76

The investigation ruled the ditching to be an unavoidable result of equipment failure but there was some little procedural flaw in the way my uncle did it that the decision makers didn’t like.


20 posted on 08/12/2012 9:09:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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