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Us Destroyer Collides With Cargo Ship

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From the damage it looks like the tanker hit the warship at c. 90 degrees - the hole seems to be the same size and shape as the front bulge of the tanker.Must have given the guy who was asleep on duty quite a shock :grinyes:

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I loved McHales navy as a kid, mainly due to it being set on tropical islands.

 

The boats make interesting reading, super fast for their time as very little protection and huge motors.

 

One came up for sale recently, was interesting to view.

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Most of the PT boats were destroyed by the US Navy after WWII. The reason allegedly was to keep smugglers from getting their hands on them. Thus they are fairly rare today.

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/navy-fires-7th-fleet-admiral-after-latest-destroyer-collision/article/2632296

 

"The Navy on Wednesday removed Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the 7th Fleet, after four ship collisions in the Western Pacific over the past year, the service announced.

 

The commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift, Aucoin on Wednesday, two U.S. officials familiar with the situation, due to "loss of confidence in his ability to command," according to a 7th Fleet statement.

 

This past weekend the destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore, and led to a search-and-rescue mission for 10 missing sailors. Some remains have been found, but the search continues.

 

Of the four collisions this year, two have been deadly. On June 17, the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with another commercial ship, killing seven sailors. Leaders aboard that ship were dismissed last week...."

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