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SUBLANT Statement Regarding USS San Juan and Missing Submarine Procedures
Navy Newsstand ^ | 3/14/2007 10:22:00 AM | Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

Posted on 03/16/2007 11:04:32 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Story Number: NNS070314-01

NORFOLK (NNS) -- During the early evening of March 13, units of the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) received a series of indications that USS San Juan (SSN 751), a Los Angeles class submarine conducting pre-deployment training with the Enterprise CSG, was in distress.

Fortunately, the submarine established communications in the early morning hours of March 14, and indicated that there were no problems; hence, units were able to stand down from the search and rescue that was already well underway.

Losses of communications, followed by the reported sighting of a red flare, are distress indicators. These indicators, combined with establishing communications with only two of the three submarines operating with the Enterprise CSG, was sufficient information to activate missing submarine procedures.

Ships and aircraft from the Enterprise Strike group immediately commenced a search of the area where San Juan had been operating.

The International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO) in Norfolk, Va., was alerted to assist with the search and rescue effort. ISMERLO, an international organization, serves to facilitate the rapid call out of international rescue systems in the event of a submarine accident. The immediate response from various international entities was superb. In addition, San Juan family members were notified of the situation at hand.

Although this was a false alarm, the primary concern was the safety of our submariners and the support of family members. Procedures demonstrated that the submarine escape and rescue program is able to quickly respond to an event such as this – when every second counts.

The Submarine Force is concerned about how this event initiated from what would appear to be false indicators. The Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic will conduct a thorough review of the matter to determine any lessons learned.

For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.


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In addition, San Juan family members were notified of the situation at hand.

I'm sure that wasn't fun. Glad everybody's OK.

1 posted on 03/16/2007 11:04:34 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Sounds like a drill, but one of those where only the sub commander was told to initiate it in order to test the crew, fleet and others.


2 posted on 03/16/2007 11:08:49 AM PDT by JeeperFreeper
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To: lilycicero

Shippy ping.


3 posted on 03/16/2007 11:20:59 AM PDT by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: JeeperFreeper
Even if it wasn't planed, seems everything worked as it should.

This may have been a fortunate accidental exercise that will provide information about how well the system worked.
4 posted on 03/16/2007 11:22:53 AM PDT by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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To: navynucmom

PING!


5 posted on 03/16/2007 11:22:57 AM PDT by Roccus (Able Danger??? What's an Able Danger?????)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
The San Juan was the last boat I served on and transfered off in 2000. The boat has had a storied past in that it had collided with a SSBN, was the first 688 to surface under the ice in the Artic. But one things for sure, it's never a good thing to make the national news.
6 posted on 03/16/2007 11:25:06 AM PDT by SolitaryMan
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Put me on your sub ping list! Thank goodness for the submarine escape and rescue program!


7 posted on 03/16/2007 11:29:00 AM PDT by navynucmom (Those Bauers are one wacky family!)
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To: RedRover

I would like to be on tahe Shippy Ping!


8 posted on 03/16/2007 11:29:44 AM PDT by navynucmom (Those Bauers are one wacky family!)
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To: Roccus

Thanks Roccus.....so I am on the ping! Good Deal!


9 posted on 03/16/2007 11:30:31 AM PDT by navynucmom (Those Bauers are one wacky family!)
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To: navynucmom
PING.....ping.....PING.....ping.....PING.....ping...};^)
10 posted on 03/16/2007 11:38:17 AM PDT by Roccus (Able Danger??? What's an Able Danger?????)
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To: navynucmom; lilycicero; Roccus

I was just pinging Freeper lilycicero. Is there a submariner ping list? I'm sure lilycicero would like to be on it, if so.


11 posted on 03/16/2007 11:39:43 AM PDT by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Could it have been a drill similar to a game-conditions scrimmage? Top brass would know the drill status; no one else would.

"This is a drill..." relaxes the participants too much to adequately evaluate their performance in a real emergency.


12 posted on 03/16/2007 11:40:04 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help m)
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To: Roccus

Roccus....you are a funny guy ;)


13 posted on 03/16/2007 11:41:10 AM PDT by navynucmom (Those Bauers are one wacky family!)
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To: navynucmom; Roccus

Give me a ping, Vasily. One ping only, please.
14 posted on 03/16/2007 11:46:46 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: RedRover; navynucmom

I don't know. I just saw the article and figured I'd let Mom know.


15 posted on 03/16/2007 11:51:58 AM PDT by Roccus (Able Danger??? What's an Able Danger?????)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Where did the red flare come from?


16 posted on 03/16/2007 11:53:23 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Retired COB

ping!


17 posted on 03/16/2007 11:59:37 AM PDT by FreeInWV
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Where did the red flare come from?
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Obviously a totally unreliable eye-witness report. See...TWA 800 and AA 587.


18 posted on 03/16/2007 12:02:09 PM PDT by Roccus (Able Danger??? What's an Able Danger?????)
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To: SolitaryMan
it's never a good thing to make the national news.

Thats the truth!

19 posted on 03/16/2007 12:04:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts)
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To: Pyro7480

I'm surprised SubLant wasn't able to get them to respond to an ELF alert message.

I suspect USS San Juan was detached from the exercise, went deep and made "turns-for-go-home", wanting to be back in Groton before the weekend.


20 posted on 03/16/2007 12:26:26 PM PDT by Jambe
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To: Jambe

NSJP NSJP DE NEMO


21 posted on 03/16/2007 12:34:51 PM PDT by Jambe
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To: RedRover

Thanks for the bubblehead ping. I saw it on the fox ticker yesterday and it raised an eyebrow.
Ya, a sub ping would be good. Hey do you still have your oooogggga to post?


22 posted on 03/16/2007 1:53:15 PM PDT by lilycicero (SSgt Frank Wuterich and his squad did their job well.)
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