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British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base
Reuters ^ | March 14, 2014

Posted on 03/17/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT by artichokegrower

A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines.

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TOPICS: United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: imeanttodothat; itsallgood; oops; torpedo; wargames; whoops
Oops!
1 posted on 03/17/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

It wasn’t only the torpedo that was a dummy.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 6:18:47 AM PDT by MCF
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To: artichokegrower

“Career limiting move” ...


3 posted on 03/17/2014 6:19:48 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: artichokegrower

That’ll end the Captains naval officer career.


4 posted on 03/17/2014 6:20:57 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

There is a “British Warship?”


5 posted on 03/17/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by edcoil (Not a single republican was ever a slave owner. They were all democrats.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

LOL, precisely.

My military college professor used that term quite often.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: artichokegrower

“WHOOMP! There it is!”


7 posted on 03/17/2014 6:28:17 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

I’ve stared down the barrel at a few decisions/opportunities like that. Closest I came was back in the day - very nearly destroying a multi-million dollar piece of equipment. I was following orders, doing exactly what I was told to do. But there was that little warning voice in my head saying “this is a really bad idea.” I knew if things went badly, well, there’s always retail food sales. Fortunately the gear and my reputation survived. :-)


8 posted on 03/17/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

“retail food sales”, LOL!


9 posted on 03/17/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: artichokegrower

Unless it was a Nerf Torpedo, wouldn’t it still tear some things up? No, per my tagline, I didn’t read the article.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 6:38:52 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: artichokegrower

Command position(s) open


11 posted on 03/17/2014 6:52:31 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: artichokegrower

Don’t you listen to them torpedo! You’re not a dummy! You’re as smart as any torpedo! Don’t let those haters get you down!


12 posted on 03/17/2014 7:02:32 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: artichokegrower

And received glowing remarks for it I’m sure...


13 posted on 03/17/2014 7:03:05 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: artichokegrower

Practice/dry run ?


14 posted on 03/17/2014 7:12:10 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: artichokegrower
Skipper will be awarded the Order of the Pail and Shovel.
15 posted on 03/17/2014 7:14:30 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: artichokegrower

“Mulligan!”


16 posted on 03/17/2014 7:19:22 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: jagusafr

Hey Capt’n, what’s this button fer?


17 posted on 03/17/2014 7:25:25 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: artichokegrower
One of the anti-submarine weapons developed in WW2 was the “Hedgehog” (aka the 7.2-inch projector charge). Hedgehog resembled a rifle grenade on steroids with a weight of 65 lbs and warhead of 35 lbs of Torpex. The Hedgehog carried a black powder propellant charge in its tail boom and 24 charges were mounted on four spigots attached to six rails. The six rails could be moved to vary the pattern of the charges thrown ahead of the ship from a round to an elliptic pattern either 267 feet (round) or 195x165 feet from 250 to 300 yards. Hedgehog charges were launched in pairs from their launchers at 0.2 second intervals. Total recoil force applied to the ship's deck was some 40 tons and so it was installed on destroyer escorts or destroyers.

On this particular morning, a DD was getting ready for an ASW exercise off Mayport, FL. The two launchers were loaded with target practice charges (2x24). Exercise charges were the same as live Hedgehogs with the exception that the Torpex filler for the warhead was replaced by concrete. Just prior to departure for the exercise zone, the exercise was rescheduled to the next day; the 48 charges were left on their spigots overnight.

The next morning after quarters, a TM1 (first class torpedoman) went out to do voltage checks on the Mk 13 launcher. He plugged-in his meter, inserted the firing key in the panel, cocked the ripple switch, and tripped it. [Normally, at least one or more switches were open from underwater battery plot to the Mk 13 launcher and would have interrupted the firing voltage to the spigots — but not today. All five switches were closed and the spigots were fully armed and ready.]

The first indication anything was amiss was the first two charges left the spigots followed by the remaining 22 at 0.2 second intervals. The 24 projectiles soared into the air before plunging down into a base parking lot. The projectiles buried themselves about two feet into the ground. Three cars suffered “direct hits”; one in the trunk, one in the middle of the roof, and one in the middle of the hood. There were lots of ashen faces, followed by lots of excitement. One of the crew that watched from the bridge said: “This was the best pattern we [the ship] ever shot!”

18 posted on 03/17/2014 7:25:41 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: artichokegrower

OK. There are two leevers on this thing. If you don’t know what leever “A” does, you had best leever “B.”


19 posted on 03/17/2014 7:33:23 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: artichokegrower

The article doesn’t say anything about ranges involved or if the torpedo motor started.

Still, the Stingray 324mm (12.8in) diameter torpedo could cause a significant dent even if it was just propulsed (compressed air launch sysetm)out of the tube. While it is classified as a “lightweight” torpedo, it is 2.6m (8.5ft) long and weighs 267kg(589lbs). Running speed (45Knots) would cause significantly more damage.


20 posted on 03/17/2014 7:35:59 AM PDT by HippyLoggerBiker (Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.)
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To: MasterGunner01
Typo: Mk 11 launcher vice Mk 13. Mk 13 launcher is for the Standard SM-1 missile.
21 posted on 03/17/2014 8:03:16 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: artichokegrower

Capt. Binghampton sank a truck on the beach with a topedo from PT-73.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 8:16:19 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: artichokegrower

23 posted on 03/17/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: artichokegrower

24 posted on 03/17/2014 8:30:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: artichokegrower

And here we thought it was only in the movies?

http://youtu.be/N2ttd48u0J0


25 posted on 03/17/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: VRWCarea51

Relax! I won’t fire one unless he fires one...

Firing One, Aye aye sir!


26 posted on 03/17/2014 9:38:36 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: artichokegrower

someone got a new career cleaning toilets.


27 posted on 03/17/2014 10:47:35 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: artichokegrower

“A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines.”

Let me apply this headline to the US.

An American warship accidentally launched a surface to air missile during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a live weapon crashing into a commercial airliner off the coast Long Island.


28 posted on 03/17/2014 1:56:56 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: artichokegrower

Recall the US aircraft carrier that shot the Sidewinder (?) into the Turkish destroyer and killed their Captain and four other crew.


29 posted on 03/17/2014 8:51:37 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Whoops.

Active duty ping.


30 posted on 03/17/2014 8:54:08 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Was the sub painted pink?


31 posted on 03/17/2014 8:58:07 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
“Career limiting move” ...

More like career ENDING move.

32 posted on 03/17/2014 9:38:00 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: MCF

True


33 posted on 03/17/2014 9:43:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: edcoil

They have a few, I hear even Canada has one or two for show


34 posted on 03/17/2014 9:44:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Tallguy

Good Movie!


35 posted on 03/18/2014 3:17:42 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Mark17

Yeah, the “limit” may be about as long as it takes them to process your discharge papers.


36 posted on 03/18/2014 5:58:48 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps
Yeah, the “limit” may be about as long as it takes them to process your discharge papers.

Yes, that is true. I admit I know nothing about firing torpedoes, but would I be correct in assuming that either the Captain pushes the button, or someone standing right next to him does?

37 posted on 03/18/2014 7:41:14 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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