Skip to comments.US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf
Posted on 08/12/2012 8:40:19 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
An oil tanker collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday but no one was hurt and shipping traffic in the waterway, through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass, was not affected, officials said.
"Both vessels are okay and the Strait of Hormuz is not closed, and business is as usual there," an Oman coast guard official told Reuters, declining to be named under briefing rules.
The collision nevertheless left a gaping hole in the starboard side of USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer suffered, but no one was injured on either vessel, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The collision with the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m. local time.
The cause of the incident is under investigation, the Navy said, adding that there were no reports of spills or leakages from either the USS Porter or the Otowasan.
(Excerpt) Read more at worldnews.nbcnews.com ...
can’t be good to be staring at up close and personal
Nail on the head Bender.
You caught that one before it reached the audience! :)
That might have started a couple of bar fights and gotten a few more guys in hot water. Although a carrier and this tanker are the same length, fully loaded the tanker weighs 3 times as much. Force = mass x acceleration.
I see the CO was originally Merchant Marine as a CMDR; XO a female CMDR; and the Command Master Chief served over 23 Strategic Deterrent floats aboard boomers from the Submarine community.
That's why the pay me... the big bucks, Liberty!
Realized they were, but remnants of earlier times and the odd “gotta blast a Somali pirate” kinda thing...main focus is the carrier, not itself.
More photos and a video
I have some Mexican friends who could Bondo that.
I hope they know how to sail a desk, ‘cuz that’s about all their future holds now. There is always the possibility that one or more of them really screwed up and its in our best interest to have them out of position where they can do more harm...
I have a couple of rolls of duct tape I can send them......That should fix it right up.
“If it’s broke, duct it!”
Yep, a career ender.
Looks to me to be on the starboard side forward of the house.
In which case the tanker was the stand on vessel, destroyer at fault.
Don’t destroyers keep an eye out for enemy vessels? They were lucky it was a relatively benign tanker.
Bondo, Elmer’s Gue and Duct Tape could fix it! Heh.
“Both vessels are okay...”
I just re-read the article and noticed that quote.
“...it’s lights out for the destroyer skipper.”
On the bright side: There’s always lobster fishing up in Maine.
This was no accident.
The tanker is a floating bomb and is a new weapon of choice.
Anything that comes ram-speed towards our ships should be sunk first and ask questions later, especially in hostile zones.