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Canadian navy ship adrift in heavy seas off Hawaii after engine room fire
National Post ^ | 28 Feb 14 | unknown

Posted on 03/01/2014 3:53:34 PM PST by GATOR NAVY

VANCOUVER — A Canadian navy ship with more than 300 people on board is adrift in the Pacific Ocean in heavy seas after a fire in the engine room.

HMCS Protecteur was returning to its home port of Esquimalt, British Columbia when the blaze broke out Thursday night.

Several crew members aboard the 44-year-old supply ship suffered minor injuries from the fire. Sailors put out the flames, the Department of National Defence said Friday morning.

HMCS Protecteur is currently 630 kilometres northeast of Pearl Harbor and has limited power.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; fire; navy

Not too many things worse than a main space fire. Wonder if this will bump up the planned retirement.

1 posted on 03/01/2014 3:53:34 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

Canada has a navy? /s


2 posted on 03/01/2014 3:56:08 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: GATOR NAVY

44 years old is VERY old for a saltwater ship.


3 posted on 03/01/2014 3:57:04 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: vladimir998

Why not? Canada has the longest coastline of any country.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 3:58:23 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Why not? Canada has the longest coastline of any country.”

Well yeah,but lots of it isn’t exactly user friendly.

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5 posted on 03/01/2014 4:01:37 PM PST by Mears
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Did you see the sarcasm tag?


6 posted on 03/01/2014 4:05:37 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Blood of Tyrants

It certainly is. I remember doing unreps with this ship in the mid-80s. The ship I was on at the time was a newly commissioned FFG. It has since been decommissioned.


7 posted on 03/01/2014 4:09:57 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: vladimir998
Did you see the sarcasm tag?

One eventually learns that even blatant, stated-ahead-of-time sarcasm often fails here. FR is an irony-free zone any more.

8 posted on 03/01/2014 4:19:12 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: vladimir998

Sure.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 4:21:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: GATOR NAVY; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

10 posted on 03/01/2014 4:22:58 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Winter in Hawaii...I’ll bet the crew is all bummed out.


11 posted on 03/01/2014 4:25:51 PM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Got that right. Heavy seas w/o main engine power is dangerous for any ship. Especially old ships. Nice pic!


12 posted on 03/01/2014 4:37:58 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: BfloGuy

That’s true!


13 posted on 03/01/2014 4:46:48 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: GATOR NAVY

“...The ship was carrying 279 crew, 17 family members and two civilian contractors returning to B.C. from extended operations in the mid-Pacific....”
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17 family members?? On a military naval ship?


14 posted on 03/01/2014 5:02:27 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

Apparently it was like what we called a Tiger Cruise-family members meeting the ship and then riding on its last leg back from a cruise. My sons and my father rode my last ship when we returned from deployment. They had a blast. They came out to the ship in an LCAC, which I never had a chance to ride.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 5:08:20 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY

She unrepped Connie numersous times when I was onboard in the late 70s.


16 posted on 03/01/2014 5:10:26 PM PST by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: GATOR NAVY

“Apparently it was like what we called a Tiger Cruise-family members meeting the ship and then riding on its last leg back from a cruise....”
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Thanks Gator...this was something I had not known about before. I did a quick Google search and found the below Q & A—so I guess spouses were excluded. Anyhow, it seems these are well managed so as to not interfere with shipboard discipline.

Q. Who can participate in Tiger Cruise?

A. Relatives and friends of crew members or embarked personal are eligible. By Navy regulations, spouses, significant others, fiancés, fiancées, girlfriends and/or boyfriends are not eligible. Immediate family members (parents, siblings, or children) will have priority over “other” relatives or friends if we run out of room.


17 posted on 03/01/2014 5:14:30 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: GATOR NAVY

Prayers up for those on board.


18 posted on 03/01/2014 5:57:22 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Usually, but if they’re kept up properly, that’s just considered middle-aged. Most bulk carriers last 20 years and they’re not built anywhere near the specs for Naval ships.


19 posted on 03/01/2014 6:08:17 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: GATOR NAVY

Godspeed to the sailors..


20 posted on 03/01/2014 6:57:32 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Nuc 1.1

Good luck to them. I wouldn’t want to be in high seas with no ability to maneuver.


21 posted on 03/01/2014 7:02:39 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: GATOR NAVY
I know how the crew feels.

When I was on CTF 76 staff in the mid-70s, we were embarked in the USS Juneau enroute to Korea for an exercise. We were steaming off the west coast of Japan when the contaminated fuels tank slopped some fuel out the overflow vent, which was in the main engine room. The vent was supposed to direct the fuel into the bilges, but somehow, the vent ended up right over the number one engine. And when it vented fuel, the fuel spilled onto the engine and ignited.

We were dead in the water, with smoke throughout the entire ship, before they got the ventilators shut down.

Instead of going to Korea for the planned exercise, the Juneau had to go to Sasebo for emergency repairs.

Prayers and best wishes to our comrades in the Canadian Navy.

22 posted on 03/01/2014 11:00:30 PM PST by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER OathKeeper III We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Wow, I didn’t know Canada still had a navy

//kidding


23 posted on 03/01/2014 11:05:00 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GATOR NAVY
As of 2012 Canada's navy operates 15 surface combatants

Well, I wasn't too far off

24 posted on 03/01/2014 11:06:09 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; vladimir998

As of 2012 Canada’s navy operates 15 surface combatants


25 posted on 03/01/2014 11:08:37 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: House Atreides
17 family members?? On a military naval ship?

Makes sense to transport family if there is available space. During the Cuban Missile Crisis my ship was tasked with evacuating some military dependents and civilian contractors from GTMO. That's a bit different from a change of assignment, though.

26 posted on 03/02/2014 11:10:01 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: GATOR NAVY

44 years old is not really all that old for a ship, particularly a supply ship. What’s really sad is that the Canadian Air Force is still flying Sea King helicopters that are even older than this.

My father did a few stints on a couple of these (Protecteur, Provider, Preserver) ships over the years, although I can’t remember for sure exactly which one. Preserver was retired some time ago, IIRC.


27 posted on 03/13/2014 11:09:23 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like tractor.)
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To: -YYZ-
Yes, it is the auxiliaries like this that tend to get run the longest. WWII-built oilers and tenders were still in commission up until well into the '90s.

The latest update I heard is that she was towed into Pearl Harbor for damage assessment. That was last week.


28 posted on 03/13/2014 1:27:10 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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