USS Miami Fire Was Arson??

Looks like it. “Fury was taking multiple medications for anxiety and depression, and told investigators he set the fires so he could get out of work, according a 7-page affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday.” What the hell was a guy with multiple meds doing on a nuclear sub?

Will MIAMI Sail Again?

Apparently the fire aboard USS Miami has done significant damage, at least enough to raise questions about whether the Navy will repair her and put her back in service: “The duration of the fire suggests extensive damage that could render the vessel useless. These submarines were designed decades ago. So they’re no longer state of the art,” said Loren Thompson, defense analyst at the Arlington, Va.-based Lexington Institute. “If this vessel returns to service, I will be amazed.” Fire aboard any ship is a scary thing, and a sub probably even more so. I’m not glad there as a fire, […]

Ms Midshipman Bittner

We might call this “Gaze in the Military, Part II”. The Navy has unveiled the first two young ladies tapped for sub duty. One, Megan Bittner, is from Chesapeake, VA (home of former skipper of USS Hawaii, Cdr Ed Herrington ’89): Most interesting aspect– the first two did NOT come from you-know-where… Well, good luck to the both of them. Now, I wonder if BR BullNav is going to volunteer to go back on active duty? ;-)

A weekend of remembrance

I have always thought how odd and coincidental it is that two significant events separated by 63 years occurred on consecutive days. On this day 47 years ago, the USS THRESHER (SSN593), the lead ship of a new class of fast attack submarines, was lost with all hands while conducting sea trials off of Portsmouth, NH. In addition to the crew, there were a number of civilian shipyard personnel on board as they tested out the ship after a period in the yards. Tomorrow marks 110 years since the founding of the US Submarine Force. The force that, in Nimitz’s […]

The first of the 41 for freedom

Today marks a significant event in the history of this great nation. One that, unfortunately, far too few know about or even care about (I know Richard does). From the commander of US Subvets Groton Base: Before I get into this broadcast I want to take you back 50 years to 29 Dec 1959. We were already at war in a place that we would be hearing a lot about, a place called Viet Nam. The Cold War between the US, and the USSR was really hot. The next day would be a momentous day for the U.S., for the […]

Russkies Knocking on the Front Door?

Glad to see our friends are back. A top Russian general shrugged off two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines that have been spotted off the U.S. East Coast, saying that they are part of regular patrols and in line with normal international practice. … U.S. defense officials said Tuesday that the Russian submarines had been patrolling in international waters for several days. While the activity was reminiscent of the Cold War, the U.S. officials said the submarines had done nothing to provoke concern. What are they up to? More importantly, why is this in the news? For some reason, they accuse […]

ASDS: Stick a fork in it, it’s done

After the fire last November, and the fact that the hull had to be sealed for several hours before it stopped, I wondered what they were going to do with this one-of-a-kind system. Now we know. The career of a small, one-of-a-kind mini-submarine intended to carry U.S. special operations troops for covert operations has come to an apparent end, a victim of the high cost of repairs after an accidental fire burned out the vessel’s interior. As you can probably guess, repair costs were the reason. Although an investigation still hasn’t determined what caused the fire, the Navy estimates repairs […]

USS HAWAII (SSN776) AWARDED THE USCG MUC

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released) USS HAWAII (SSN776), commanded by CDR Ed Herrington, VMI ’89, was awarded the US Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation yesterday for their work during a deployment last year. GROTON, Connecticut – Virginia-class submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) became only the second Naval submarine in history to receive the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation during a presentation ceremony on May 7th for its role in tracking drug runners and helping to keep illegal drugs off the nation’s streets. The Groton-based submarine earned the award for its part in counter-drug […]

Hartford: 85-degree roll?

That’s what Navy Times is reporting. Investigators think the attack submarine Hartford rolled 85 degrees after it collided with the amphibious transport dock New Orleans in the Strait of Hormuz on March 20, according to a Navy statement. Not to mention, there was some more damage. “Despite the roll, engineering investigations have confirmed the propulsion plant of the submarine was unaffected by this collision,” the statement said. “However, Hartford sustained damage to its sail and periscope, as well as the port bow plane.” The collision punched a 16-by-18 foot hole in New Orleans’ fuel tank, and two interior ballast tanks […]

HARTFORD damage photos

Courtesy of the Navy website and Navy Times, there are some telling pictures out today on the damage this fine warship suffered. 090321-N-9909C-211 BAHRAIN (March 21, 2009) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) pulls into Mina Salman pier in Bahrain where U.S. Navy engineers and inspection teams will asses and evaluate damage that resulted from a collision with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) in the Strait of Hormuz March 20. Overall damage to both ships is being evaluated. The incident remains under investigation. Hartford is deployed to the U.S. 5th fleet area […]