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...