Brand-new US Navy warship trapped in Canada amid cold and ice
Who is in command of these Navy vessels that are constantly getting rammed or stuck in the ice. It seems to me that most of these situations are totally avoidable if the people in command used a little common-sense.
What if these ship that have been rammed and disabled or stuck in the ice came under attack? They would be up Shit-Creek with out a paddle and unable to maneuver to defend themselves.
Would it be safe to assume that the captain of a ship SHOULD KNOW,’ if his ship is in an area that is prone to freeze over rapidly, if he does not keep that vessel moving, ice would form around it and incapacitate it?? If he did not learn that in NAVY 101 he should have.
The 440 million Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), stretches 387 feet in length and weighs 15 tons more than the Statue of Liberty. It is capable of traveling more than 46 miles per hour; that is when it is not stuck in the ice.
440 million dollar$ and stuck in the ice not being able to maneuver?? That is like a fighter with with his foot stuck in a bucket of concrete, his opponent is dancing around him peppering the hell out of him with upper-cuts and round house kicks, him not being able to move to defend himself, and is getting the shit kicked out of him.
Between the Ice Captain and the other careless commanders of ships that got rammed in the middle of the ocean; does the USA Navy see that they have a problem with their commanders??
All of the incidents were not the fault of the USA Navy; BUTT I think that if the people responsible were more alert, these collisions could have been avoided. After all; these ship do not have a sailor standing 100 feet above the ship in a crows nest, looking for potential problems; they are equipped with the most sophisticated equipment known to man, BUTT still get rammed.
Folks; these are not isolated incidents that happen once in a century. Someone is asleep at the wheel.
Maritime collisions involving two ships are considered rare, but this was the second collision involving an American naval destroyer since June.
Here are a handful of other recent collisions involving United States Navy vessels at sea — several of which included fatalities.
June 17, 2017: Seven sailors were killed when the Fitzgerald, a destroyer, was broadsided by a Philippines-registered cargo ship, about 60 miles off the coast of Japan. A Navy report released in August found that within 90 seconds of the collision, seawater began rushing through a gaping hole in the starboard hull, filling berths in which sailors had been sleeping. In response to the report’s findings, which blamed the ship’s crew, the Navy relieved two senior officers.
May 9, 2017: A 60- to 70-foot South Korean fishing boat collided with the Lake Champlain, a guided-missile cruiser, on its port side while the cruiser was conducting routine operations in international waters. No one was injured. Fishing boat crew members later said the fishing vessel did not have a radio, so they did not hear the calls from the Navy, a Navy official said at the time.
Aug. 19, 2016: The Louisiana, a nuclear ballistic-missile submarine, and the Eagleview, a Military Sealift Command support vessel, collided while conducting routine operations in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the coast of Washington State. There was damage to the hulls of both the Eagleview and the Louisiana. No one was injured.
Nov. 20, 2014: The Amelia Earhart and the Walter S. Diehl collided during an exchange of goods in the Gulf of Aden. Both ships resupply Navy warships for the United States Fifth Fleet, which is based in Manama, Bahrain. No one was injured. The accident happened during a tricky maneuver used by United States Navy and allied ships in which they come within 150 feet of each other to be resupplied with fuel and food without pulling into a port, according to the Navy’s website.
July 22, 2004: The John F. Kennedy, an aircraft carrier, and a dhow, a small traditional Arab sailing boat, collided in the Persian Gulf. The dhow sank immediately, and all those aboard are believed to have died. It is still unclear how many people were on it, but dhows — which are used mainly for transportation and fishing — can generally carry up to 15 people.
The Kennedy, which was engaged in night air operations at the time, had made a hard turn to avoid the tiny vessel. The carrier was unscathed from the impact on its starboard hull; its crew and aircraft were all accounted for, but two jet fighters on the deck were damaged when the ship turned. The Navy relieved Stephen G. Squires, the commanding officer of the Kennedy, after the episode.
“There is every reason to believe the collision was an accident, but there are force protection implications because warships make every effort to stay away from unknown small boats, which could pose a terrorist threat,” a Navy spokesman said at the time.
The Kennedy was involved in an earlier deadly accident, in Nov. 22, 1975, when an American guided-missile cruiser, the Belknap, collided with the carrier in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily, destroying the cruiser. A fire ensued just yards from the ship’s nuclear weapons magazine, where nuclear-tipped Terrier surface-to-air missiles were kept. Crews were able to eventually extinguish the blaze, though it did burn for around 20 hours. Seven sailors perished on the Belknap and one on the Kennedy. Dozens were injured.
The next year, on Sept. 14, the Bordelon, an American destroyer that was one of the ships that had come to the rescue in the Belknap collision, collided with the Kennedy while refueling alongside the cruiser. Parts of the Bordelon were damaged, including its port bow and main mast, which fell, injuring some onboard. The Bordelon was decommissioned as a result.
Feb. 9, 2001: The Greeneville, a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, collided with a Japanese fishing boat, the Ehime Maru, off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The submarine — which was performing a rapid surfacing maneuver when the crash occurred — had civilian guests on board, which became a central concern to investigators. Mechanical problems and human error were also considered factors in the crash.
Nine passengers on the Ehime Maru were killed, including four high school students.
The Navy opened a full-scale investigation in which the submarine’s captain, Commander Scott Waddle, faced the Naval Board of Inquiry. He ultimately was not court-martialed, but his career in the Navy ended as a result of the collision.
The Navy compensated the Ehime Prefecture government, the survivors and the families of the victims. And President George W. Bush apologized for the crash on national television.
July 13, 2000: The Denver, an amphibious transport dock, and the Yukon, a replenishment oiler, collided during a refueling exercise west of Hawaii. Both ships sustained significant damage. An investigation found that “human error caused this collision,” with the Denver at fault. No injuries were reported.
June 14, 1989: The Houston, an attack submarine, which appeared in the 1990 film “The Hunt for Red October,” snagged a tow cable of the commercial tugboat Barcona during filming off the coast of Southern California. The Barcona sank, and one crewman on the tugboat drowned.
I did a several posts on the naval collisions before and alluded to the fact; the area of the World Ocean is about 361.9 million square kilometers (139.7 million square miles), which covers about 70.9% of Earth’s surface, and its volume is approximately 1.335 billion cubic kilometers (320.3 million cubic miles); BUTT; with all of that open water, ships still collide with one another????? GOOOOO figure!!
Not much has changed since graduation day!!