Archive for April 11th, 2010

The 4:20 youtube clip below is an explication of the Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton from his 1969 television show.

Red & the Pledge

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Investigation reveals that an “an informal atmosphere” and “a weak command” led to the “avoidable collision.”

Early Friday morning, March 20, 2009, the nuclear submarine USS Hartford collided with the U.S. amphibious ship New Orleans in the Strait of Hormuz. Fifteen sailors on the Hartford suffered minor injuries and returned to duty.  Although both ships sustained damage, the fuel tank on the New Orleans was ruptured causing an oil spill of 25,000 gallons of diesel marine fuel. After the incident both vessels were able to continue under their own power.

It’s been over a year, and now the details of the investigation into the incident are beginning to emerge.


iPranged a submarine

By Neil Millard

A US nuclear sub rammed another ship causing nearly £60MILLION damage – while its navigator was listening to his iPod.

Sailors aboard the USS Hartford had also rigged up loudspeakers so they could play MUSIC on duty, an official report found last night.

All at sea … USS New Orleans before being rammed by the subSonar operators and radio men were missing from their posts. Others drove the attack sub while “with one hand on the controls and their shoes off”, it said.

The report slammed the navigator, who was listening to his iPod in his cabin while revising for an exam at the time.

The captain, Commander Ryan Brookhart, was relieved of his duties after the Navy found that more than 30 errors, – including “an informal atmosphere” and “a weak command” – led to the “avoidable accident”.

Fifteen sailors on the Hartford were injured when it hit the transport ship USS New Orleans in the Persian Gulf in March 2009.

Navy chiefs approved a whopping £57million repair bill for the Hartford and another £1.5million for the New Orleans.

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