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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Damage to USS Philadelphia Detailed

Check out the new Bob Hamilton article in The New London Day (do it now, before annoying free registration is required!) discussing the damage USS Philadelphia suffered when being run over by a merchant earlier this week [Edited 1147 13 Sep: Longer lasting copy of the article available here]:

"The collision between the USS Philadelphia and a Turkish merchant ship in the Persian Gulf this week left the two ships entangled, unable to separate for more than an hour, Navy sources said.
"In addition, a preliminary assessment of the damage has shown that it is more extensive than indicated earlier and that some major repairs could be necessary.

"The worst damage includes a rather large hole in the rudder, scoring on at least one propeller blade, damage to a periscope and damage to the fairwater planes, the large fins on the sail of the submarine that help it maintain depth control when it is submerged, the sources said.
"There is a fairly long list of other damage as well, the sources said. The hull has a small dent, the housing for the towed sonar array was crumpled, some sound-absorbing tiles were ripped up and a number of scrapes were left along the length of the ship."

The one that may surprise some people is that a periscope was apparently damaged. I imagine that the scope probably got clipped by the very tip of the merchant's bow, and may have been the first thing actually hit... that'd be a big surprise to anyone manning the 'scope at the time.

Staying at PD...


Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

What I find truly amazing is that they are saying the hull is dented. It takes a lot to deform HY80. Sure the SHT tiles got torn up, no suprise. Sucks that the towed array housing is messed up. But the hull, the propeller scoring, and the 'scope and planes damage, if true, pretty much ends the Philly's deployment.

9/10/2005 11:12 AM

Blogger Vigilis said...

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9/10/2005 12:16 PM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Damage to one of the periscopes? Was it much raised? Thought Philadelphia was surface transiting. Hmmm

9/10/2005 12:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Damage to the fairwater planes...." Wish I had a photo of the Jax (699) after her collision in '96. Laughed my tail off after I saw her sitting at the pier a few days later with her starboard fairwater plane dangling.

Pigboatsailor: Jax has a slight dent in her hull from the '82 collision.

Vigilis: We often had a scope raised on all three of my boats whilst doing surface transits.

RM1(SS) (ret)

9/10/2005 5:16 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

You normally have both scopes raised while transiting on the surface; the navigation team uses one, and the contact coordinator uses the other.

9/10/2005 10:23 PM

Blogger loddfafnir said...

The damage sounds very familiar to me, except the J'ville didn't have any damage to either scope and there wasn't a hole in our rudder, but it lost a good chunk off the top including the stern and anchor lights and a few draft marks if I recall correctly. Our starboard fairwater plane looked like a broken chicken wing. We had other damage too, dents/scrapes, missing SHT, no more EM log swords, etc. I might have a pic or two somewhere...

9/11/2005 1:23 AM

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9/12/2005 12:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loddfafnir: "Our" starboard fairwater plane? Do I know you? I transferred off the Jax about 15-16 months before that collision.

RM1(SS) (ret)

9/12/2005 4:55 PM

Blogger loddfafnir said...

RM1/SS(ret) ,
I think you do. I think your initials are JG. I was an ICFN/SS when you left the boat.

9/13/2005 10:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loddfafnir: JG is correct. Sorry, but I can't remember the names of any IC-men off the Jax. (Actually, I don't remember many names off the Jax, period - far fewer than I do off either of my other two boats.)

RM1(SS) (ret)

9/13/2005 5:04 PM

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10/08/2005 7:56 PM


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