Skip to comments.U.S. Naval ship assigned to Sochi runs aground while refueling and is out of commission
Posted on 02/18/2014 11:20:52 PM PST by cunning_fish
One of the Naval warships assigned to the Black Sea for U.S. protection during the Sochi Winter Olympics ran aground last Wednesday in a Turkish port as it was attempting to refuel.
The port was 240 miles from Sochi.
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Wow! Our U.S. Navy under Zer0 has turned into a modern day Keystone Cop.
Someone’s about to go from “Commanding Officer” to “Walmart Greeter” at warp speed .
Beat me to it. Strike one Naval career.
But don't Turks have harbor pilots there - people who are well acquainted with all those details of their specific port and can navigate the ship safely? Given that Turks are present in the area since forever, and that they had Black Sea fleet for centuries, I'm sure they have harbor pilots and maintain detailed maps of the sea floor nearby.
Perhaps the US Navy does not require, or does not approve using local pilots? I just can't imagine that the Captain simply took a beeline to the port and never gave it a thought that the depth that is good for a fishing boat may be not quite enough for his heavy ship.
time to update those undersea maps
If the person responsible is one of Obama’s “social experiment” promotions, we will NEVER hear their name. (Alternative: we’ll hear their name and the accident will be chalked up to the person’s reaction to the continued “institutional bias” against them.)
If the person is a long-serving hero, we’ll definitely know their name.
Our entire military is falling apart!
USN ship commanders are the elite of the elite. There is no excuse for any ship master to ground his vessel. If you don’t have confidence in your charts you don’t traverse the area.
Foreign ports are always tricky to navigate. Many times the local harbor pilots just plain suck.
Sure, I hope they are to fix it soon.
This is a stain that never fades.
There is no going back!
Aground like sand bar or rock?
Mixed blessing...rock is easier to pull off of but damages
Sand fairly harmless but Lewinskis the bow
Don’t they have depth sounders and alarms?
From an article the hull is ok, only a propeller was damaged.
Look at the satellite view outside the seawall of Samsun, Turkey, and you will see the shapes of at least a dozen submerged ships. Looks like the approach bottom is a mass of shifting sludge and sunken tankers.
Regardless, the skipper is probably done.
Back when our Navy had far more ships than admirals, an Ensign Chester Nimitz, Captain of the USS Decatur (DD-5) ran aground in soft mud off Olongapo, Philippines in 1908.
A passing boat pulled the Decatur off the next day. Rather than keep his mouth shut, Nimitz reported the incident, which did no damage. He was court martialed.
THAT is character.
Amazing that an ensign could be captain!
Back in the days of one room school houses, graduating high school was sufficient to be hired as a teacher.
How many pregnant “sailors” were aboard?
Yeah, but the average B.A. couldn’t pass half the tests they had graduating from that one-room schoolhouse. Most would be lucky to pass an 8th grade math final from back in the day.