Skip to comments.Navy says goodbye to arson-damaged nuclear submarine at formal decommissioning ceremony
Posted on 03/28/2014 11:20:00 AM PDT by kingattaxEdited on 03/28/2014 11:21:02 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
KITTERY, MAINE – The Navy has said goodbye to the fire-damaged USS Miami.
A formal decommissioning ceremony was held Friday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, where the nuclear-powered submarine was ravaged by a May 2012 fire set by a shipyard worker.
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I thought it was an accident.
Who knows whether this was a rational decision, balancing the cost of repair against a new sub, or just one more Obama move to disarm the US.
I hadn’t heard that the fire was set, either.
Terrorism? Or mental problems? I suppose we’re unlikely to find out.
And the fire was deliberately set by an idiot who wanted to go home early...
Rated firing squad or keelhauling.
I don’t recall the exact details, but in essence a civilian worker wanted to take some time off, so he set a fire. It destroyed the sub.
I noticed in recent years that there is less and less quality control on workers employed on government projects. At my last company they were actively working on allowing convicted felons to work in the plant, to give them another chance. That attitude is pervading the defense industry and it’s driven directly by the government.
a real statement would have been a refit.
Why is the arsonist still breathing? TRAITOR!
I wonder what the replacement cost is.
Too bad, even “donating” every usable organ from the idiot wouldn’t even put a dent in it.
If he does more than 5 years, I’ll eat my hat.
Last I heard the cost of repairing the damage was half of what a complete new sub would have cost.
I think its the right thing, scrap it and start all over, a sub needs steel that has a known strength, fire damages steel, especially HY90 or stronger.
And I agree they should hang the guy or have him executed by a firing squad. A half a billion dollars of OUR money wasted by a guy that just wanted to get off work early, thats despicable in its lowest form.
“I dont recall the exact details, but in essence a civilian worker wanted to take some time off...”
Looks as if he was quite successful in his quest for taking some time off.
I have no problem with giving ex-felons a second chance. They serve their time as a way of paying for their crime. Once the sentence is served, should they continue to pay for the rest of their lives?
Granted, if they screw up the second chance, I don’t know that they’d deserve much mercy the third time around.
I forgot that it actually was arson, but not (strictly speaking) sabotage.
Check for soetoro. Pass out candy.
I cannot remember where that worker was transferred to...was it the West Wing, or was it the IRS?
Or perhaps if he’s really crooked, was it the NSA?
“I have no problem with giving ex-felons a second chance.”
I’ve worked with several. In general, they’re charming and you can’t, on meeting them, imagine why they got in trouble. Some have serious drug problems. They’ll promise they’ll be in on Saturday and not show. They’ll have wonderful excuses, but they were hung over or still stoned. Others have poor decision making capability and they act impulsively to the detriment of everybody. Some become irrationally violent.
So, if you had a plant stuffed full of expensive, delicate material or equipment and processes you needed to keep confidential who would you like to hire, somebody who has never gotten themselves convicted of a felony or a former felon? Of the several former felons I’ve known and the ones I’ve known of, I’d never hire them again. But I’m certain some people do get better. The question is, do you want to hire them and take that risk? And, if they do hurt somebody on the job, say, by braking their jaw, what defense will you use when you get sued?
death....from a SSN 649 vet.
the yard in Kittery should go to the top of the BRAC list because of this..
All the problems with Subs began when they stopped naming them after fish. Dont mess with Neptune!!
nope in prison-
Waiting for executive reprieve
Yep. There are a lot of reasons not to hire them. It’s a matter of personal values. I’ve made my share of mistakes and I’m awfully glad someone was willing to take a chance on me. I’ve decided to pass that along.
“Ive decided to pass that along.”
The problem as I see it is that we were not allowed to interview, look at records and make choices. The company I worked for had to hire 350 employees off the welfare roles. We didn’t have choices as to which ones. (The deal was the city gave us the plant for $1/year. They made up for it by charging $30,000/month for the electricity, though.) If we could have evaluated each man it probably would have been different, but that might have been “racist.” Although, the one actual on-the-floor fist fight was between two whites. But the drug tests failed only the blacks. The decision was made to stop drug testing as anything that divides people by race is automatically defined as racist. (Frankly, I think this was wrong and a mistake. We could have solved most of our problems by using drug testing.)
This was a defense plant and that’s probably not the place to put an ex-con you can’t evaluate. Some of the employees got angry at management and numerous sealed units came back filled with urine. It had to be introduced on the production line. It cost thousands of dollars.
I’m glad your situation worked out. Bless you.
Oh, you know, I forgot what is probably the most important point. None of these former convicts wanted a job. They were perfectly happy on welfare. They were angry and resentful. It was obvious and that is probably the thing I’d look for if hiring a former convict.
I have a Christian friend who runs Classic Consoles. He hires only ex-cons (roughly 30) and has a wonderful record. I spent several hours there and from watching the body language I got the impression that at least one and probably two of the men keep everything honest and calm.
“who is now doing serious time in federal prison. “
Should have been hung on a gibbet erected on the Washington Mall with live coverage by all of the networks.
Um... the manufacturer gets paid by the US Treasury upon receipt of the good. This is an issue between the shipyard and the contractor.
If someone had died in the fire he would have been charged with murder.