This blogger cannot prove it, but I am officially stating for the record that it is my belief that SERIOUS DAMAGE was done too the Propulsion System of the USS Harford. Hyperbole you say...I believe this enough that I am going to go over the head of the Naval Inspector General who dismissed my first complaint within half and hour of my filing it, and going to both the Pentagon and White House. Who was at the Helm that this much damage was done to these two vessels? Also, why are you still keeping the significance of the damage out of the media...what are we at so...well North of $25 Million?
The USS Hartford hit the USS New Orleans with SUCH FORCE that it almost sheared off its own sail, ripping it along the entire length of its seam, and doing significant damage to the plane. The USS Hartford was under water at the time of the collision with the New Orleans...this was NO BUMP...what makes me believe this? The sixteen foot diameter hole in the Hull of the USS New Orleans. Let me repeat that...the SIXTEEN FOOT HOLE IN THE HULL OF THE SHIP. The sub rolled itself at least 85 degrees before freeing itself, and the USS New Orleans had to be saved from capsizing, suffering INTERNAL SHIP DAMAGE. This explains the injuries suffered by ten percent of the Hartford's crew. Where are some first hand accounts of this crash? I mean lets be real, a car chase brings out six heliocopters and four FOX News crews....this should still be breaking news at six PM.
As this message is being written, over two dozen special team members have been flown over to make EMERGENCY in theatre repairs as the US NAVY hopes to repair the two vessels enough to LIMP THEM HOME under their own power....especially since it seems impossible right now to get the Nuclear Sub back home to America except under its own power...which raises another question....what if I am right in my belief that there has been damage done to the NUCLEAR PROPULSION SYSTEM? Lastly, should the National News media be sitting on such a HUGE STORY, keeping the truth from the American public? Think about it people...a Nuclear Class attack sub SLAMS into a war ship, its three hundred foot length carrying enough speed to pierce the ARMOR PLATING of a warships hull, punching this mighty ship of the sea to create a sixteen foot hole in it...think about that for a moment...a 240 square foot hole opened to the rushing waters of the Hormuz, a Middle East Titanic almost in the Middle East...imagine the political implications of sinking both a war ship and nuclear sub in the Straight of Hormuz.
The U.S. Navy submarine and U.S. amphibious ship that collided in the Strait of Hormuz March 20, have been undergoing extensive engineering and damage assessments since pulling into Bahrain March 21.
Engineering and technical experts arrived in Bahrain to assess the damage to USS Hartford (SSN 768) and USS New Orleans (LPD 18). They will augment Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) Detachment Bahrain. These are not just Engineering and technical experts, but the BEST AMERICA HAS...they are there trying to save a submarine, and the USS New Orleans.
Twelve Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) personnel and two Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) experts are assessing the damage to Hartford and New Orleans and have begun initial in-theater repairs.
While overall damage to both ships is being evaluated, investigators believe Hartford rolled approximately 85 degrees during the collision. That is one MOTHERING FUCKING HIT for a NUCLEAR SUB...there is STRUCTURAL DAMAGE that has to have had an affect on the nuclear propulsion drive.
Despite the roll, engineering investigations have confirmed the propulsion plant of the submarine was unaffected by this collision. As if they would admit any different? The sub drive through A SHIPS HULL, punched a 16 foot diameter hole in it, but EVERYTHING IS FINE? However, Hartford sustained damage to its sail and periscope, as well as the port bow plane.
New Orleans suffered a ruptured fuel tank. Divers have determined the resulting hole is approximately 16 by 18 feet in size. There was also interior damage to two ballast tanks.
In addition to the engineering efforts, two formal investigations are currently underway: a Safety Investigation and a Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) Investigation. So why was my formally filed citizen complain to the Naval Inspector General Dismissed...everything I alleged is being born out TO BE TRUE, including the lying and coverup. Capt. Craig Kleint, the Dock Landing Ship (LSD) Class Squadron commodore has been appointed as the investigating officer (IO) for the JAGMAN investigation. A senior O-6 submarine officer has been named as the senior member of the Safety Instigation Review, but his name is not releasable until the investigation has been completed.
The Safety Investigation Board is appointed to identify hazards and their causal factors in serious incidents. Their report is an essential tool to identify causes to prevent recurrence.
The JAGMAN investigation is intended to provide a critical and objective overview of what, happened. Kleint, a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer, is joined by a post-command submarine officer. They are supported by a three-person legal team.
Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) and Naval Submarine Forces (SUBFOR) are providing extensive support to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) for the Safety Investigation Board and JAGMAN investigation team.
Both investigations have a 30-day initial timeline, but extensions may be granted if more time is needed to complete the investigation process. SURE, BUY TIME, THEN QUIETLY RELEASE THE REPORT LATE ON A FRIDAY.
Hartford and New Orleans were on regularly scheduled deployments to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations conducting maritime security operations (MSO) when the accident occurred.
(Source: Navy News Service)