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Whoops! USS Port Royal edition

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by MartinEnigmatica, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. MartinEnigmatica

    MartinEnigmatica Active Member

    On Thursday, Navy vessel USS Port Royal, a guided missile cruiser, set sail with officers and crew, 324 in all, for the first day of sea trials. But when it came back in, it ran aground and has been stuck ever since. They tried Friday, Saturday and again this morning to get it loose, using a variety of methods -- unloading liquid goods, people, using the high tide, pulling it with salvage/tug boats. Nothing's worked. So there it sits, a 9,600-ton ship, listing.

    Here's some good background: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090208/NEWS08/902080355/1001

    And an update after today's failed rescue efforts: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090208/NEWS08/902080355/1001

    And a picture:


    This is truly bizarre. There hasn't been a fuel leak or major damage to the ship (that they can tell), though the sonar casing seems pretty FUBAR. It's just...there. Are they going to have to start taking the big stuff off in order to get it free?
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  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    If I were them, I'd do whatever Gene Hackman tells them to do.

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  3. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    The first big stuff taken off will be the commanding officer.
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Only in Honolulu...
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I have a feeling he'll be swabbing the deck of a submarine by the end of the month.
  6. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    the INSTANT the ship touched bottom, he lost his command.
  7. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    New commander:

  8. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Damn. That sucks.

    Somebody's got some 'splainin to do.
  9. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    His next job will be a newspaper executive.
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

  11. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member

    Our submarine hit a Russian submarine and I was always amazed the CO kept his job. I heard the Admiral's Mast was a real bitch, though. Didn't have much of a career after, but stayed in command.
  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I'm not up on my nautical terms. Is "Admiral's Mast" the naval equivalent of a court martial? Or a figure of speech for the reaming he received from the Navy brass?
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