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Monday, July 23, 2012

Civilian Shipyard Worker Charged With Setting USS Miami Fire

Breaking news from Kittery:
Investigators now say the fire that extensively damaged a Navy submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was intentionally set. Casey James Fury, 24 of Portsmouth, has been charged with setting that fire, and another smaller fire on the sub.
Naval investigators say Fury was working as a painter and sandblaster aboard the USS Miami. They say he confessed to setting the May 23 fire that caused 400 million dollars damage to the sub.
Court documents show that Fury told investigators he suffers from anxiety and takes medication for it. He said the day of the fire, he was working in the torpedo room when his anxiety started getting "really bad". He went to a state room for a cigarette break, saw a bag of rags on the bunk and set them on fire.
If guilty, throw the book at him. While many shipyard workers are very dedicated, there were always a lot of dodgy characters working as painter/cleaners in the shipyard, but this is the worst example I've seen. What are some of your memories of some sketchy sand crabs you've worked with?

Bell-ringer 1050 23 July: Here's an article with much more information from Seacoast Online, which has been providing the best reporting since the story started. It looks like they zero'd in on Fury after a 2nd fire was started in the shipyard on June 16th. Here's a copy of the criminal complaint filed by the NCIS Agent in charge.

93 Comments:

Blogger Curt said...

Leroy Jethro Gibbs!

7/23/2012 10:15 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At PSNS:

* Painters would routinely come to the boat with a Dixie coffee cup of paint so they would have to "go get more paint" after 10 minutes of painting

* Thanksgiving Day 1986 - Two Bubbas in SHT shack forward of the sail with a portable TV, cooler and two lawn chairs

* Crescent wrench left in controller resulting in a huge fireball

* Syringe of whiskey found in ERUL bilge

* Bag of Doritos and soda can found in RCLL

7/23/2012 10:19 AM

 
Anonymous SHPYDWRKR said...

I am very thankful they caught this guy. I work at PNSY, and take a lot of pride in what I do. I knew there was no way that JAG was correct saying that the fire started in a vacuum from hot slag. I hope they consider attempted murder, as peoples lives were in danger, and if not for the training that goes into each civilian employee to know what to do in an emergency, then people would have died! Hang him!!

7/23/2012 10:23 AM

 
Anonymous Dave said...

Although I am not sure if this is truly a better outcome, I would hope that it vindicates PNSY. I have had nothing but very positive experiences with the people there and find them very professional; apparently not all of them.

7/23/2012 10:28 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the criminal report/complaint from seacoastonlinle.com

http://www.seacoastonline.com/static/linked/20120723_caseyFuryComplaint.pdf

and a good article:
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120723-NEWS-120729932

7/23/2012 10:28 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of the injured firefighters, I too want to see the attempted murder charge. We had 26 departments there in addition to the sailors fighting that fire. All worked together risking lives to save that boat. This guy needs to pay. For the others here that want to slam the few bad eggs we have (similar to any 4000plus workforce) shame on you for not recognizing the hard work and talent that gets these boats back to sea on time and under budget better then any other yard. The night of that fire, all that worked it busted butt against violent conditions. 7 in total were hurt and 2 months later some are still recovering from their injuries.

7/23/2012 10:53 AM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

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7/23/2012 11:39 AM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Does he speak english?

7/23/2012 11:40 AM

 
Anonymous STS2 said...

Since when did a yardbird have to go to these extremes to get out of work...I'm sure he was only doing 20-30 minutes of actual work an hour between smoke breaks and bs sessions.

7/23/2012 1:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, four questions should be asked.

7/23/2012 1:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, four questions should be asked.

Vaginus...don't go away mad...just go away. I know being out of work is tough on the inner "man", but Jesus H. Christ go find somewhere else to spew your internet semen.

7/23/2012 2:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know BH personally. If you are Vigilis, know that BH appreciates the higher "page counts" his blog is credited with every time his readers follow your links, which have hardly all been to your blog. Matter of fact, BH tells me he helped set up your blog over 7 years ago.

A friend.

7/23/2012 2:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"anonymous said...
Some of you seem to be hinting or insinuating that the fire may have been caused by sabotage in the shipyard by union workers.

5/25/2012 7:14 AM"

http://bubbleheads.blogspot.com/2012/05/fire-on-uss-miami.html

7/23/2012 3:29 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SY Worker-

Murder implies intent, so you won't likely see that level of charge brought in this case. Manslaughter could be appropriate if someone had died, but nobody did, and there is no such thing as "attempted manslaughter" for reasons that should be obvious.

7/23/2012 3:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disregard my last. I read the article wrong. The way I read it I thought the fire started from his cigarette.

Yeah, attempted murder does seem facially appropriate.

7/23/2012 4:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well! This explanation sure makes a lot more sense than the vacuum cleaner story!!!

The vacuum explanation was either a poor cover story or a flat earth explanation - there were vacuum cleaners in the are so that must have been the cause.

Too bad the guys bank account will not make a dent in the repair costs...

Speaking of repairs - has the decision been made yet as to scrap or repair?

Old Chief from the dark ages
Jerry

7/23/2012 4:20 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shipyard hired this guy, the shipyard accepts responsibility and pays the bill...not the taxpayer.

7/23/2012 5:17 PM

 
Blogger KellyJ said...

Looks like the talk is to repair...starting cost 400 million.
Thats on top of the already approved money for the Overhaul itself. Take cost over-runs into account and the total package could reach 700 million. Not to mention an additional 3+ years at the shipyard.
On the flip side, the exra time in the yards could make Miami the last 688 in active service.

7/23/2012 5:22 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shipyard being a fed yard means that if the yard foots the bill, the taxpayer still does. Getting tired of the "yardbird" bashing. This is one bad apple out of 4000! Should we bring up the active duty guy that lit a vacant barracks on fire and burned it to the ground and then label every servicemen an arsonist? I think not.

7/23/2012 5:35 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should be sent to sea with the Miami on her first test dive out of the yard. See how his anxiety is then...bastard.

7/23/2012 5:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The shipyard hired this guy, the shipyard accepts responsibility and pays the bill...not the taxpayer."

Isn't the shipyard owned by the Navy, which is funded by the government, which is funded by the taxpayer?

ex-EM1(SS)

7/23/2012 5:37 PM

 
Anonymous WTF said...

Keep the entire crew in place until repairs are complete! That will give them some incentive to get off the barge and onto their ship. WTF!!!

Bag of rags = dryer fire, only difference between each dryer fire experienced frequently in the fleet is the speed of response, which was sorely inadequate / incompetent on miami.

BTW, many pointed out that there was no way it was a "Vacuum Cleaner Fire" No S/Y worker hardly cleans, much less vacuuming up molten slag, since the welder would still be present and breaking down his gear (and is much better paid and trained than his firewatch)

Thoughts or excuses?

7/23/2012 6:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would think there would be some kind of screening program for a government owned shipyard? Too many druggies and other lowlife's working the yards. Time to clean house!

7/23/2012 6:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed of response inadequate? This was a lit, fueled fire. The responders had the odds stacked against them from the get go. This thing was fueled and had a head start prior to the alarm even being sounded. Don't compare this to a small pile of rags smoldering a watch stander may come across.

7/23/2012 7:13 PM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

"He is being held at an undisclosed facility in the interim."

You really think things are what the official's say they are?

This was a top national and international high terrorism security story right from the get go.

Honestly, you get a nut case 24 year old painter inhaling too much fumes...he walks around the ship in a dazed condition and just happens to choose the sweat weak link in a officer's stateroom where a small fire can take out a nuclear submarine.

Are any of you officers sober?

7/23/2012 9:28 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Mulligan. Ive said it once, and ill say it again. You belong in the loony bin and ill take your comments seriously when you have actually served time in this nations military. Or maybe when you stop thinking that everything is a government coverup like vaginus.

Good day.

7/23/2012 10:30 PM

 
Anonymous 3383 said...

I hope (N)CIS investigated this better than they did the USS Iowa. Or got a better result, at least.

7/24/2012 12:07 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New construction on the Miami,
still in the "ways". We found both coke and maryjane bags onboard, alcohol bottles, and no shyt girlfriend porn. We used to watch the mad dash to the bars at the noon whistle where they had pre-paid shots and beer BY NAME on every table and bar, then they'd race back and "eat lunch".
I was the enlisted tank close out dood. We only got called for external tanks after midnight. I had one order from my Captain - no rattles. So when they figgered out my skinny ass was showing up for a ballast tank closeout, they started bitching. My rule was I kept everything I found and in the beginning it was significant amounts of shyt, all of which was turned over to SupShip by our CO with verbal abuse. I was scared as shyt on alpha trials, but not ONE rattle. We didn't mind the MBT 5 vent not opening on the dive and the 20 something down angle when we blew......but man were they pissed when A&IC div wore stanke hoods for the rest of the trials on the belts.
PNSY, Tullibee decomm.....I only remember the drunk welders that would come down on graves. We watched them like hawks. I did have alot of respect for that shipyard when I was there.

hagar

7/24/2012 2:01 AM

 
Anonymous DocrT said...

Mr.Mulligan is on the right path but not quite. Mr. Fury is a red harring scapegoat. Be ready for huge breaking story, with true cause. Initially the investigation was going the right way but they do not want the results, truth, to be known. First scapeghoat for the vacuum cleaner was going to be terrorist attack but this would result in DHS going to condition RED soon before elections. So, terrorist scapegoat not recommended, next is Mr. Fury. But real results, soon breaking news, was someone unplugged the vacuum cleaner while it was still running. Come on any moron can figure this out what happens next. You unplug the running rotating vacuum cleaner which has belts in it. You create the high maximum capacitor effect now with rotating belts and you now have a Van de Graaf generator. Now the unplugger of the vacuum cleaner drops the plug to metal surface reinvigorating the ground. YOU HAVE GROUNDED THE VAN DE GRAAF GENERATOR! The sparks light the rags on fire.
Any moron can figure this out, but the vacuum cleaner company is big election campaign donator and cannot continue with the lawsuit. It is election season so we must have a scapegoat for the vacuum cleaner cause, first terrorists but not good because that has other effects on election season (DHS alert RED) so now Mr. Fury. THE TRUTH WILL SHINE.

7/24/2012 3:57 AM

 
Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In 1960 NAUTILUS was extended in its overhaul by several months to do a massive rewiring job made necessary when a big cable bundle in the overhead of one compartment was cut completely through and the cut then concealed behind a strap hanger.

The Yard said it must have been someone in ship's company who had a sweetie out in Kittery and wanted to stay longer. But all indications pointed to a yardbird who wanted to stay on the job.

Culprit was never caught. Maybe NIS/NCIS has gotten better over the years. Must be watching TV.

7/24/2012 4:14 AM

 
Blogger Paul Brown said...

Back on the San Juan in 1996 we had a sabotage incident. Someone cut some wires in one of the rod control cabinets. Lots of burn damage too.
Shutdown Rover noticed blown fuse indicators lit and informed the duty RC div. He changed the fuse but the light remained on - he opened the panel for a visual inspection and found the damage. Yours truly got to rebuild the cabinet. All the the stuff I removed went directly into evidence bags. No one was caught but one bitter E4 electrician was suspected but never charged.

7/24/2012 6:49 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not one, but two fires confessed?

Fury has to be the dumbest criminal in the shipyard, because if he is only a scapegoat for terrorism as a few above suggested, there is no way his lawyer can get him off the hook with less than 15 years served.

Stuart

7/24/2012 8:16 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fury deserves no less than 30 years in prison and lifetime supervised probation after that.

7/24/2012 9:02 AM

 
Blogger wtfdnucsailor said...

In late seventies, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS, one of the resident NR inspectors discovered that some fasteners had been installed with insufficient documentation. The problem ballooned so that GATO was extended in the shipyard for over a year until all fasteners were found to be satifactory. Ships force had a number of fast cruises and field days to keep busy since most of the SY work was done but the fasteners were still a question.

7/24/2012 10:03 AM

 
Blogger Ret ANAV said...

Believe it or not...the greatest sentence here could concievably come from the property-damage aspect of it rather than the actual offense of arson.

A quick gander of the U.S. Sentencing Comission guidelines Chapter 2B (Property Damage) shows a MINIMUM sentence of 27 years (and THAT is for a first-time offender - Other than first-time is 30-Life). Arson (Chapter 2K) in and of itself doesn't even come close, though it DOES cross-reference the property damage guidelines, giving direction to apply the greater of the two sentences. This gives the impression that one can be CONVICTED of the crime of Arson, and SENTENCED using the guidelines for actual property-damage, among other things. 'Twas an interesting read when I have nothing better to do :)

7/24/2012 10:34 AM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Come on, do they think we are that stupid? It's Guantanamo Bay.

"He is being held at an undisclosed facility in the interim."

I spent a hour on the phone with a Chicago Tribune reporter yesterday. This is the greatest current threat to our nation. She spent most of the time whining to me about they hollowed out the reporter resources of this once great newspaper and most of their stuff is done by contracting.

http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220724anxiety_meds_eyed_in_nuke_sub_sabotage/

"I don’t think my son had as much do with it as they say he did.”

I am wondering who he knew that got him the shipyard job?

7/24/2012 11:02 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Mulligan you are a moron. Seriously.

If our nation's newspapers & companies are relying on YOU to be the groundbreaking source of information that you claim to be, for all that's wrong with the world, we are all in trouble.

Please remember to put on your tinfoil hat before you leave the house- you never know who's listening.

7/24/2012 12:28 PM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

I am kinda busy as we speak, I am the genesis of a spate national stories about 41% of Exelon's nuclear fleet as not being designed and maintained for the current climate and future climate. This is Exelon's second time not having their electric system designed for their climate. I believe it is the largest electric utility is the nation and they own more nuclear power plants than anyone else. They got a $3 billion dollar overflowing bank account and, so they say, but nothing to spend it on? Watch the news, we are going to get them to update their cooling systems of these plants. A huge percentage of their fleet was forced to be down powered in the last few weeks in our huge summer time 50 year historic drought and heat high electricity demand period. High river temps, low flow or level water level or cooling lake temperatures high...I asked them what is it going to be looking like in the middle of August. It seems nobody in the USA is thinking that far down the road at that point. Everyone is pissing their pants now though! I requested the Nuclear Regulatory Commission form a special high level emergency group to keep abreast of drought conditions and nuclear plant cooling, and advise on same. A lot of newspapers keyed off this story...the NYT's is spiting out a story every other day since i discovered this. The implications are our electricity system throughout the nation is not designed for the current climate and future climate. I requested a national federal public works program and stimulus program to hardened our nuclear power and other plants against climate change...to investigate issues.

We really need a blue ribbon presidential commission to investigate and bring changes to our lives...

I then start to tell everyone the Exxon guys and Green girls are all the same people...that is when my friends poke me on the shoulder and chidingly ask me how my sugar level is doing. I am a diabetic, you know. I can kick your ass with my mountain bike though. My bruises and cuts still heal pretty damn fast.

7/24/2012 2:03 PM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

Isn't that a neat quote I captured of myself, you ball-less wonders:

Said on this blog on June 21 and to the NCIS:

"Like i said with the additional fires and false alarms, a nuclear submarine saboteur is playing with the Navy department investigators."

All I want to know is did "Fury" work on any other Navy vessels after the fire and was he watched closely with a fire extinguisher in hand. Was any other Navy vessel placed at risk?

7/24/2012 2:15 PM

 
Anonymous 3383 said...

Holy shit, mulligan, you are single handedly saving the nation! no, the world! What would we do without you?

7/24/2012 2:19 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ret Anav

A prison sentence is one thing; time actually served is often something a bit different.

Staurt

7/24/2012 3:21 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I requested the Nuclear Regulatory Commission form a special high level emergency group to keep abreast of drought conditions and nuclear plant cooling, and advise on same.

You are truly a dumbass. It ain't about "nuclear plant cooling," it's about colling the DISCHARGE to comply with environmental permits.

7/24/2012 4:19 PM

 
Anonymous PUC NUC MUC said...

Mikey Mulligan.....

Did you forget to take your Prozac again?

Go back into your Mom's basement and stay off the computer and back on your Prozac!

Start your own blog and invite us to view it....We'd be happy to either ignore you or cloud your issues with the BS you post for our discussion.

7/24/2012 5:35 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a SY worker who gets up every morning and busts my butt to support the submarine fleet, and since May 23rd has been there to salvage MIAMI, I could not be happier to the arrest. It is a sad day for the Navy and PNS. I can only say that the workers of PNSY are dedicated to excellance, and repairing MIAMI. I am amazed each day by the resolve of the worker of PNSY. Their character is unmatched. Built of steel, tempered by time.

7/24/2012 6:26 PM

 
Blogger rbmcmjr said...

You unplug the running rotating vacuum cleaner which has belts in it. You create the high maximum capacitor effect now with rotating belts and you now have a Van de Graaf generator.

I sincerely hope you do not have a job that involves random drug testing. That's some premium dope you've been smoking.

7/24/2012 7:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casey J. Fury's legal defense:
+ Impaired by combination of psychotic drugs.
+ Employee Handbook never stated, "Do not start fires wiithout permission". In fact, smoking is authorized by shipyard (designated areas, however).

Those wishing to contribute to Casey J. Fury's Legal Defense Fund, may go here.

7/25/2012 10:06 AM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

http://steamshovel2002.blogspot.com/

I am powerful, but I can't save the world. But i can save the US Navy!

I am a lazy bastard, why waste time writing something when I can get the NYT's to do my work for me.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/rise-in-weather-extremes-threatens-infrastructure.html?ref=us

Rise in Weather Extremes Threatens Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation’s infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms.

Excessive warmth and dryness are threatening other parts of the grid as well. In the Chicago area, a twin-unit nuclear plant had to get special permission to keep operating this month because the pond it uses for cooling water rose to 102 degrees; its license to operate allows it to go only to 100. According to the Midwest Independent System Operator, the grid operator for the region, a different power plant had had to shut because the body of water from which it draws its cooling water had dropped so low that the intake pipe became high and dry; another had to cut back generation because cooling water was too warm.

Generally the utilities are trying to save pennies, $10's of millions of dollar to the executive to do this...they just don't spent a lot of money in excess capacity for heat removal, either for the turbine or the nuclear cooling system

I'd fry a few fish if the middle class can get a break from their really expensive electricity in this crisis...screw the environmental laws.

7/25/2012 6:23 PM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

I am just saying these Federal prosecutors are lazy, incompetent and unethical. The indictment doesn't including all the information that might weaken, indict or impeach the testimony of Fury...the prosecutors case. Obliviously there are unknown and unindicted co-conspirators with the false fire alarm and fires, the federal prosecutors are using selective evidence in the indictment, and there may be reason to believe Fury is a patsy.

Isn't it strange the indictment doesn't admit we ask Fury if he pulled the fire alarm on June 19 (false fire alarm) and he denied he pulled it...

...Fury so called admitted to setting two fires in his indictment... the $700 million dollar fire and alcohol swipe fire on the fire proofed white wood. The indictment doesn't mention the false fire alarm and thus Fury did not pull it.

"The NCIS is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in connection with the fires. In a new development, the agency is also investigating a third incident that took place on June 19 when a fire alarm was pulled in the vicinity of the Miami."

OK, so there are two distinct fires and one anonymous fire alarms pulled at/on or near the USS Miami since the big fire."

7/25/2012 6:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Mulligan

The first thing that I learned while pursuing a degree in political science was to always look at the authority figure of who was telling me something.

"Is this person someone who knows what they are talking about?"
"Does this person have credentials?"
"Is this someone to be taken seriously?"

When I think about you and read your bio, your are an overwhelmingly "no" to all of those questions.

You claim to blow the whistle in organizations but yet you have no knowledge or expertise of what it is they do. You claim that you are going to save our energy infrastructure but you have never been educated as an engineer or scientist. If you were, you would not have “Tractor Trailer Driver” listed as you occupation.

For god sakes man, you want us to listen to you but your occupation is a tractor trailer driver?! How in the world does that make sense? I don’t have anything against truck drivers but I don’t see them on college campuses teaching or doing research. I also don’t see them in politics, or audit boards.

I speak for everyone on this blog when I ask you to leave our blog.

7/25/2012 8:29 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's back. Someone needs to shove a rotating vacuum up Mulligan's ass for the sake of cooling his discharge.

7/25/2012 8:44 PM

 
Blogger Curt said...

Probably best just to skip over some postings, especially for some of us (in a group that normally prides itself on a, "You Can't Get To Me" Attitude).

7/26/2012 6:21 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of us see Fury's arson as the end of major news in the Miami matter at PNS. However, in which far away (from Maine) ports are SSNs being forward based nowadays? When is the next BRAC closure round due? The stakes were already high for PNS before the Miami fire, and soon the Navy may just want to get some of its ducks (dolphins in this case) lined up better in PNS's old navy chain of command.

7/26/2012 1:29 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the anonymous post, Vaginus. I just rubbed another one out!

7/27/2012 9:22 AM

 
Anonymous Dardar the Submarian said...

God Bless you Curt. I was really beginning to wonder if all of the bubbleheads were becoming susceptible to powers of the "Jedi Mind Fuck".

Ignore him and he will go away. Stop touching vaginus. . .. it will go away.

7/27/2012 1:24 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dardar the Submarian, have you forgotten to take your meds again?

7/27/2012 1:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:36 PM, Anyone with ability attracts a critic or two, like the female bopper with the tiresome habit of haranguing one of us. Some of us admire uncanny accuracy like many of Vigilis's predictions.

7/27/2012 2:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact of the matter this guy did this on his own .....period. many people will pay for his actions.. he did much more damage than 400 million to the boat.. he damaged the credibility of Portsmouth naval and the entire civilian workforce navy wide. Stupidity should be painful.

7/27/2012 4:30 PM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

"I speak for everyone on this blog when I ask you to leave our blog."

You make me cry and you are also full of shit!

Christ, got Exelon banging around their nuclear plants in order to fixed their delayed maintenance...Limerick safety valves.

It not about your credentials, it is about what you can accomplish ...

7/28/2012 1:25 AM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

He has two drunken driving convections, one around the time talking to NCIS and leaving the scene of a accident, and his lawyer are saying he was too drunk and drugged up to admit to anything?

There is one of the largest Navy investigations ever surrounding this event and it is only getting bigger with the make believe phantom monster vacuum cleaner and its bum warning to the fleet.

A accident like this is like taking a random invaluable snapshot of a organization...it takes a picture of a organization when nobody is expecting it. The snapshot shows you the real organization, not the one everyone poses for.

This thing is going to be making headlines for years and showcasing the Navy's readiness.

Already it questions in a huge way the quality of shipyard workers working on Navy and nuclear ships?

7/28/2012 1:52 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anything, the sad episode previews the sad fate of U.S. healthcare after ill-supervised government bureaucrats have run it for a few years.

7/28/2012 8:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard it was an ex-boomer sailor who wanted more time on shore

7/28/2012 9:46 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Mulligan, have you ever seen the inside of a submarine? have you ever served in any branch of the military? I wonder, simply because you seem to demonstrate Gross Conceptual Errors in everything you write. You obviously like to think of yourself as the type who "comes to town to save the world", but in this medium, are simply an asshat and a wannabe.

7/29/2012 3:33 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Submarine Drama on Prime time! It looks so terrible but so good at the same time!

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/1233536--last-resort-new-thriller-pits-rogue-submarine-against-white-house

SSBN vs the U.S. (White House), Maybe the boomer fleet will get a MUC out of this series.

7/29/2012 10:20 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it always the truck drivers (Mike Mulligan) that spew crazy conspiracy theory BS. My uncle “saw” bigfoot, claimed that him and some of his retired SPECWARCOM truck driving buddies, all the rank of colonel or higher or course, removed irradiated soil from the Idaho falls facility after an experimental RX melted down, and all the other tinfoil hat BS you hear form these Asshat retards on a daily basis. Asshat Mike (AM) keep up the good fight you keep my company in business developing antipsychotic medications. Now go make me a turkey pot pie bitch!

7/29/2012 10:24 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about how the SDO and CO are both charged with dereliction of duty! Even though they certainly had not assumed an ARSON would occur. To charge the SDO that fought the fire for hours after a SY worker ignited his ship is criminal in itself. One can only hope his Courts Martial will clear him.

7/29/2012 12:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will add that they were told that they "might" be charged with dereliction of duty. And that was before they were aware of the Arson.

Blame has to be somewhere, and now its off of the CO and SDO.

I am almost assured that charges will not be brought upon the SDO and CO. It would be a complete waste of time for everyone.

7/29/2012 1:16 PM

 
Anonymous mark/MM1(ss) said...

anon @ 1024 - I won't defend Mulligan, but your uncle may well have been involved in trucking away contaminated soil and debris from the SL-1 reactor accident. You can google it - it's a well-known event in the nuclear community, though I don't think it was a meltdown in the sense the term is usually meant - but a steam explosion from an uncontrolled criticality from sabotage - it was also an Army-run reactor. You might be surprised about bigfoot as well - in addition to all the hoaxes, there is still a fair amount of compelling evidence that can't be debunked. There are a lot of smart people, who are not normally into such fringy stuff, who keep an open mind on the subject because of the quality of some of the evidence, and awareness that new species are discovered all the time. The panda was thought to be a myth well into the 20th century, for instance.

7/29/2012 11:04 PM

 
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7/30/2012 8:17 AM

 
Anonymous Sonarman said...

One duty night during precom, I overheard a painter/cleaner describe how she used to be a drug addicted prostitute on Banks St. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to be happy for her that she had come back up from such a horrible life, or repulsed at how fondly she seemed to tell her tale.

7/30/2012 12:11 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark said:

- but a steam explosion from an uncontrolled criticality from sabotage

Sabotage?

"Experiments included a simulation of the possibility that the 84-pound (38 kg) rod was stuck and one man freed it himself, reproducing the scenario that investigators considered the best explanation: Byrnes broke the control rod loose and withdrew it accidentally, killing all three men."

7/30/2012 12:24 PM

 
Anonymous mark/MM1(ss) said...

That'll be a lookup for you then, nub. ;)

7/30/2012 12:54 PM

 
Anonymous mark/MM1(ss) said...

I need to confess an error on the meltdown issue; an instantaneous meltdown definitely occurred.

7/30/2012 1:27 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark what page of the report says there was a melt down I have the report on my book shelf behind my desk.

7/30/2012 4:31 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awww snap! Looks like a dirty blue shirt is about to get schooled by an O-Ganger!

Only an officer would have a copy of the SL1 incident report in his office.

Which T-Manual has the chapter with all of the international civilian nuclear incidents in it? T-7?

The Buenos Aires accident is my favorite.

7/30/2012 7:14 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

September 23, 1983 — INES Level 4 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Accidental criticality

An operator error during a fuel plate reconfiguration in an experimental test reactor led to an excursion of 3×1017 fissions at the RA-2 facility. The operator absorbed 2000 rad (20 Gy) of gamma and 1700 rad (17 Gy) of neutron radiation which killed him two days later. Another 17 people outside of the reactor room absorbed doses ranging from 35 rad (0.35 Gy) to less than 1 rad (0.01 Gy).[29] pg103[30]

7/30/2012 8:34 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not an O-ganger in fact I am an ex blue shirt myself. I also have the NRC report on TMI along with photos of the core when was being examined in Idaho.

7/31/2012 10:44 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Senate just appropriated 150 Million to start the repairs.

8/01/2012 3:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am hearing 400 million for labor and 76 million to replace hardware like melted bunks, rewiring the whole forward compartment etc.

8/02/2012 11:11 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they just scrap the boat and fund a new one?

Do we really need a half billion dollar refurb on a 22 year old dinosaur?

What a waste of tax dollars.

As for my inferno, I'd like to see what his now ex-girlfriend looked like. Something tells she wasn't worth a life with bubba in the gray bar motel.

So many guys waste their lives/careers over women. He's not the first and won't be the last.....

8/03/2012 12:51 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr inferno, not "my" inferno.

8/03/2012 12:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New submarines cost a lot more than the $2 billion pricetag the Navy advertises, especially if you consider the fact that the first thing a new sub does after sea trials is to pull back into drydock for a modernization and to fix all the shit that wasn't built right the first time. Sure, if we were at war and we HAD to send that ship to go fight, it would theoretically be able to do the job, but a newcon is still a few years away from doing its first deployment after coming out of the yards the first time.

Additionally, 22 years old is not a "dinosaur" by shipbuilding standards, particularly if you consider that submarines can be upgraded with modernized combat systems to stay relevant. There is also the reactor to consider, which is designed to go well past 22 years.

Bottom line is that adding $400 million to the sunk cost already invested in overhauling Miami is much, much cheaper than the $2 billion + modernization it would cost to build a new VA boat.

8/04/2012 11:59 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miami will be a lid boat in my opinion, restricted to 50% of TD for the rest of her days. Hull embrittlement is no joke. Should have turned her into another MTS. Glad I won't be on her for sea trials and prayers go out to those who will have to.

8/04/2012 2:16 PM

 
Blogger Mike Mulligan said...

I was the first person who "predicted" we ever had a nuclear SL1 type steam explosion in a domestic nuclear plant in the USA, in the media before my management ever admitted we had one. Told the governor also. Wink, wink, so they say...

I once told the anti nukes when I worked in a civilian plant in 1991...we got fuel pellets outside our fuel cladding rattling around in the coolant. I was searching for leverage over my management by using the anti nukes as a prop to get them to do the right thing. Don't ever use stupid props like I did! So the antis said we get back to you, we got to contact our experts. The media reported it and the utility response was your information is coming from a mad man. They didn't want to shutdown and check it out. The antinuclear experts came back saying that is impossible, don't talk to him anymore. Mike is nuts. Get over it, everyone thinks I am nuts. My wife knows I am nuts. Three months later the plant disclosed to the media in a shutdown inspection "with the state" breathing down their necks they had a steam explosion in their fuel and it spilt open a pin. There was 12 fuel pellets missing and presumed to be pulverized in the coolant from the nuclear power excursion. It symbolized increasing fuel problems and pin leaks for the next decade in the whole of the nuclear industry. We are all part of history, right! The NRC commissioners later said the utilities were too lazy and cheap to bolster the engineering designs of the cladding as they were massively increasing the duty to the cladding and fuel pins. The outcome of this was my management and the NRC had a humongous secret investigation on that I somehow sabotaged the nuclear fuel. They never fired me sabotaging nuclear fuel, they fired me for sleeping on shift...

You know for a fact, the Navy is answering in the media my question posed about who the fuck pulled posed the false alarm and why wasn't that in the indictment. His lawyers are stupider than earth worms.

"Fury also confessed to activating a fire alarm on June 19. The May 23 fire aboard the USS Miami caused $400 million in damage."

You navy nukes having any issues with the drought, high heat sink temperatures and low river or bay seawater flows/temps. We are throughout the nation having troubles with the adequacy of power plant cooling!

8/06/2012 8:33 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^WTF!

8/06/2012 9:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

List of fuel failure and meldowns in the unites states

Borax1 1954
EBR1 1955
SRE 1959
SL1 1961
SNAP8ER 1964
FERMI 1 1966
SNAO8ER 1969
TMI 1979

8/07/2012 11:49 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the first to predict the earth revolved around the sun and that Sammy Sosa used steroids. I was also the first to predict that McDonalds is unhealthy.

8/07/2012 11:40 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Mikee exceeded his LHGR. Did YOU violate your pull sheet?

BTW, since when do utilities manufacture their own fuel?

8/08/2012 8:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike did you ever consider the possibility that the Anti's would not support you because they knew your "predictions" and claims were B.S. and that you would actually do harm to their cause?

8/09/2012 10:56 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Navy to repair sub that caught fire in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Navy intends to repair a nuclear-powered attack submarine that was severely damaged by a fire while in dry dock and then return it to the fleet, Navy officials Friday.
Posted Saturday Aug 18, 2012 10:16:39 EDT

8/19/2012 10:10 AM

 
Anonymous Miami Fire Alarm said...

Fire is unpredictable disaster that can ruin all your valuable belongings in a minute. Therefore installing fire alarm is very beneficial for saving yourself from this disaster.

8/24/2012 9:09 PM

 
Blogger anon said...

a welder left his acetelyne open went off the ship , came back and proceeded to start a fire including himself in a flammable gas filled forward pump room. who can forget the briefs going into the yards about trucker bombs and to just clean them up we would not be testing them for dna to find out who left a poop lying around.... and of course actually finding one and saying glad its not my space...

12/08/2012 12:43 AM

 
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