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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.
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“My money’s on the Command Master Chief taking the fall for this.”
You are probably right. The Commander is black, the Exec Officer is female...
t’would appear the MK1 eyeball was undergoing maintenance.
With a name like yours, I’ll defer to your judgement. I didn’t think davits were found forward.
No, the Captain will take the hit for this one, along with the officer of the deck, and (perhaps) the helmsman.
1. The collision between USS FRANK E. EVANS (DD-754) and HMAS MELBOURNE (R-21) on 3 June 1969 killed 74 sailors aboard EVANS. The DD was cut in two by the carrier amidships and the front half sank. The afloat half was surveyed and deemed to badly damaged to repair. The hulk was towed from Subic Bay NSY and scuttled in deep water.
2. The collision between USS BELKNAP (CG-26) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in the Ionian Sea on 22 November 1975 killed 7 and injured 47 [1 killed on JFK]. All superstructure on BELKNAP above 01 level was removed by JFK's sponson and the wreckage doused in aviation fuel that led to the resultant fire on BELKNAP. BELKNAP was in Philadelphia NSY for $210 million in repairs from 1976 to 1980. She was sunk as a target as part of a SinkEx in 1998.
They’ll do what they do then and blame lower ranking non-gay officers and enlisted NCOs.
I spent 6-months on the USS LaSalle in the Persian Gulf back in the late 80’s.
As an Air Force guy on the staff of JTFME, it was an eye-opening experience.
What I do remember clearly was the huge tankers just plowing along and not paying anyone any mind. Had a few wander close by the ship and never respond to radio or other signals. . .like no one was home.
I asked a Navy black shoe about that and he told me third-world tanker crews would depart their station late at night or in the early hours, plug in the INS course guidance and then go to sleep. . .trusting the ships nav system and the fact they are so huge everyone would get out of their way.
Could be the US Navy ship had right-of-way but found out too late the tanker crew just wasn’t awake or gave a darn.
You have a point.
Not to be too cynical. . .but with the commander a minority of some sort and the executive officer a split-tail, I think their careers will be protected.
One would think so. . .but as the ships webpage shows, the CO is a minority of some sort and the XO a female. . .not sure the Navy has the balls to remove BOTH or put a halt to their careers.
His old man probably bought the Navy 10 new PT boats.
Nimitz grounded the destroyer Decatur on a sandbar in the Philippines in 1908. He was court-martialed and received a letter of reprimand. It was early enough in his career that he was able to overcome the setback through tireless effort in a lot of seemingly unglamorous assignments for the time: work on subs and oilers for almost 20 years.
I don’t know if anyone in today’s Navy could repeat Nimitz’s feat.
3. The collision between USS HOBSON (DD-465/DMS-26) and USS WASP (CV-18) on 26 April 1952 killed 176 sailors aboard HOBSON, including the captain. There were 61 survivors. The DD was cut in two by the carrier amidships and the Halves rolled over and sank. The collision happened at night, 600 miles West of the Azores in the North Atlantic.
Determined from someone sitting at a keyboard in their Mom's basement, no doubt.
The tanker is a floating bomb and is a new weapon of choice.
Crude oil isn't an explosive, and I don't know of a single instance of a crude tanker being used as a weapon.
Anything that comes ram-speed towards our ships should be sunk first and ask questions later, especially in hostile zones.
You have no idea what the Tanker's speed was or whether it had "turned toward" the destroyer; it well could have been five knots.
And as collision avoidance, "sinking" an approaching supertanker is physically impossible, especially for a Destroyer. The best decision is to stay out of their way.
So I ask for about the millionth time - what motivates people to post about subjects they don't know anything about?
Small dogs are always nervous that someone will step on them or kick them and strongly tend to be always on the alert to scurry out of the way on short notice. Big dogs tend to just lie there as they know you are just going to trip over them if you don't know they are there..
Same with ships. In a small sailboat, stay out of the way of the commercial ships in the channel. If you are driving a destroyer and your carrier turns to start taking incoming planes, don't plan to cross the carrier's bow. Besides, carriers can easily win a race with shorter vessels if they hit the gas.
They feel an overwhelming drive to announce to the universe that they failed Physics?
Apparently the captain overruled the staff and decided to cut across the carrier’s bow instead of throttling back and passing behind. Oops.
I always thought that fatboy Teddy capsized & sank his Oldsmobile.