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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

USS Dolphin Returning To Sea

I was gonna do a post about USS Dolphin (AGSS 555), the U.S.'s only commissioned diesel submarine, getting ready to return to sea after her flooding casualty in 2002, but MT1(SS) beat me to it.

Going deep...


Blogger Skippy-san said...

I have heard that the corpprate Navy is complaining about the cost of having the Swedish submarine Gotland doing training for the US forces. This is at the same time the "operators" are raving about the quality of the training they are getting against a realistic diesel target. Any truth to that? Have heard that one solution is to make Dolphin work harder, but that there may be problems with that......

11/30/2005 9:36 AM

Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

There is some truth to it, skippy - enough truth to it that sub guys can't get time with the Gotland to test some of their newer systems out against it :-P The Dolphin isn't really a good solution to the problem, either, as she cannot really duplicate a more modern diesel as we would wish.

11/30/2005 3:44 PM

Blogger drunknsubmrnr said... American-built boat didn't burst into flame when she suffered a flooding casualty. The mind boggles...

You can expect Victoria to take up some of the training load on the Left Coast. The only reason she was HPD'ed out there was to be a clockwork mouse for the Canadian and allied navies.

Remember....she carries duty-free, and expects to be met on the jetty with a pallet of beer. ;)

12/01/2005 7:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well bubblehead, you beat me to my posting as well.

My husband and I both predicted that they were going to be "delayed" in their launch.

I recall that fateful night and morning....I was in the hospital when the corpsman said.. " all hands abandoned ship.. diesel sub...43 men..don't know how many casualties.."

What goes through a wife's mind when she hears her husband's sub is
in trouble? Panic, fear and lots of praying that they're all safe.

long live the "triple nickle" :-)

12/02/2005 11:44 AM

Blogger D.P. Guettler said...

Had a really great supply officer on Dolphin during the May 21, 2002 accident. Remember the years when ship yards had large staffs and repairs could be pounded out? Before the cut backs of the 1990's, projects could be speeded up with expensive spearhitting round the clock shifts.Not much of that going on today, but I am sure they did that on special projects, like "the USS Cole" and other high profile projects. Dolphins supply officer, apparently thinking he was in a 1980's ship yard environment seriously thought his galley would be up and running as early as May 5, 2003. The laughs he got ( all behind his back). Dolphin needed a real make over and several of us wondered why the supply officer thought she would be going to sea so soon without the needed upgrades. Then again, I did two tours on Dolphin and experienced the flaws that had to be addressed. I believe she is ready to go to sea now, and I wish I could serve on board "Dolphin" one more time.

12/04/2005 9:45 AM


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