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Posted on 06/28/2018 8:50:42 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
June 21, 2018 explosion of an SM-2 Block IIIA over the German frigate FGS Sachsen (F 219)
New video and photos released this week show the extent of the damage on a German frigate following an apparent missile explosion last week during a training event off the coast of Norway.
FGS Sachsen (F 219) was operating with FGS Lübeck (F 214) near the Arctic Circle when it attempted to fire a Standard Missile (SM) 2 Block IIIA as part of the exercise, the service said in a release.
The footage, presumably shot from Lübeck, shows an explosion after just departing the vertical launch cell of the warship. The explosion rained down a shower of sparks and debris onto the frigate.
We were standing in front of a glistening and glowing hot wall of fire, German Capt. Thomas Hacken, who was on the bridge, said in a translation of a news release from the service.
Photos of ship posted on a German maritime news site show the explosion scorched the paint of the frigates bridge and the vertical launch cells battery. Two German sailors suffered minor injuries. After a brief port call in Norway, both frigates returned to their homeport of Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on the North Sea on Tuesday.
Officials at Raytheon, the company that built the SM-2, referred questions on the incident to the U.S. and German navies.
Damage suffered by FGS Sachsen (F 219) following a June 21, 2018 missile explosion. German Navy Photo
The incident is similar to a 2015 missile explosion over the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) during a training exercise off of Virginia. During the attempted launch on July 18, a similar SM-2 Block IIIA exploded shortly after launch from the destroyer. The explosion resulted in no injuries and only about a $100,000 in damages to the ship.
A Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile explodes over USS The Sullivans during a training exercise on July 18, 2015. US Navy Photo obtained by USNI News
Based on the investigation following the 2015 explosion, SM-2s with the older Mk 104 Mod 2 Dual Thrust Rocket Motors (DTRM) manufactured by the defunct Thiokol Corporation (now part of Orbital ATK) before 1992 which also manufactured the shuttle programs SRBs have been placed on the Wartime Use Only list, USNI News reported at the time.
“ed by the defunct Thiokol Corporation “
Wasn’t Thiokol involved in the Challenger disaster?
Germans always wax poetic when they talk of warfare.
What der heck is McCain doing in Germany when hes supposed to be shuffling off this mortal coil?
This incident would not have any similarities to the seal issue in Challenger.
We will ship them to the enemy via FedEx?..............
And sing Wagner..................
Thats why we are at Battle Stations/GQ/Dog Z when we play with toys.
Feynman pantsed that company by placing one of the gaskets that failed into a glass of ice water before a press conference and pulled it apart like cheese.
End of investigation.
Viton o-ring + frigid temps = boom.
Did you hear him wax poetic on the video? HA HA
The Merkel Curse continues. First the worst World cup since Hitler (appropriate for Herr Merkel) and now this. Here’s hoping she fails to lie her way through the “EU Migrant Conference” and is out of power by the end of July.
seal issue in Challenger
Viton o-ring + frigid temps = boom.
Plus managers that didn’t heed warnings.
Heh, I don’t speak German, but you don’t have to be a linguist to know what “Oh,Scheisse!” means!
Too gun light IMHO...they need a 25mm or 30mm chain gun on each side.....big gun gap between 76mm and .50cal.
Heh, “NOW SET CONDITION ZULU!”
I hated “NOW SET CONDITION CIRCLE WILLIAM!”
You see, this is what happens when you source your engines from the Chengdu Peoples Fireworks Factory. Lowest bidder...
Yes. Their "involvement" was telling the goddam politically motivated idiots at NASA "DO NOT LAUNCH!!!".
Oh, wait ...
There are two 27mm guns amidships.
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