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Another US Destroyer collision

Postby Graham Kennedy » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:22 am

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Ten sailors are missing and five injured after a US destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, the US Navy says.

The USS John McCain was sailing through the Strait of Malacca and preparing to stop in Singapore when it struck the Liberian-flagged vessel. A search and rescue operation is under way.

It is the second serious collision involving a US Navy ship within two months.

The latest collision, which was reported at 06:24 local time on Monday (21:24 GMT on Sunday), happened as the USS John McCain prepared to perform a routine port stop.

Initial reports said that the ship had "sustained damage" to its port side. The US Navy said local authorities were assisting with "search and rescue efforts".


Of course, no matter what you do there are going to be such accidents in any Navy now and again. But two? Just really bad luck? Or is something significantly wrong with the US Navy?
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby Sonic Glitch » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:42 pm

What was the phrase? "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships these days."
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby Graham Kennedy » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:40 pm

Sonic Glitch wrote:What was the phrase? "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships these days."

Yeah, only in these cases perhaps "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody crews" might be more appropriate.
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby stitch626 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:21 pm

I've never piloted a boat before... but how hard can it be to avoid large objects in decent weather?

To my unknowledgeable self, it seems like crashing your auto in an empty parking lot (aside form the other car) while going 5 mph.
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby Captain Seafort » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:07 pm

The USN has ordered a "worldwide operation pause". I assume that this translates as "everybody stand still so you don't drive into anything else".
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:29 pm

Captain Seafort wrote:The USN has ordered a "worldwide operation pause". I assume that this translates as "everybody stand still so you don't drive into anything else".

I hope so. This is friggin' ridiculous!
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby Sonic Glitch » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:52 pm

stitch626 wrote:I've never piloted a boat before... but how hard can it be to avoid large objects in decent weather?

To my unknowledgeable self, it seems like crashing your auto in an empty parking lot (aside form the other car) while going 5 mph.

I imagine something like this

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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby Bryan Moore » Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:43 pm

One of the sailors killed worked with me at my previous company. Nice young man - he was only a couole of months older than my girlfriend. My thoughts certainly go out to his family.
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Re: Another US Destroyer collision

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:31 am

Bryan Moore wrote:One of the sailors killed worked with me at my previous company. Nice young man - he was only a couole of months older than my girlfriend. My thoughts certainly go out to his family.

Damn, sorry, Bryan.

I really hope these collisions aren't related in any way. Still...
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