There but for the Grace of God

USS HARTFORD and USS NEW ORLEANS

USS HARTFORD and USS NEW ORLEANS

go I.

The submarine, the USS Hartford, collided with the USS New Orleans about 1 a.m. in the strait, which runs between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the busiest commercial routes for oil tankers.

Fifteen aboard the Hartford were injured but returned to duty, according to a news release.

Both vessels are operating on their own power.

I’m not going to offer random guesses about what happened. I’m certainly not going to try and second guess the crew on this one because if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years (if not the past 109), it’s that submarining is a dangerous business. Who knows what the situation in Control was on HARTFORD.

I don’t. And you don’t.

The easiest thing during these situations is to play arm chair quarterback. I just remind myself of all the times I’ve been in something similar and had an “Oh Sh*t” moment where crises were avoided by the most narrow of margins.

There will be plenty of lessons learned from this, I’m sure. But for right now, all that matters is that no one was seriously hurt, and the ship’s are able to pull into port on their own power. Best wishes for the crews of both ships.
***** UPDATE *****
Holy crap. Thank God no one was hurt in this….

USS HARTFORD's sail, listing to STBD.

USS HARTFORD's sail, listing to STBD.

My guess is that the reason they can only get a comms mast up is because it’s a telescoping mast. The scopes go through the sail into the ship, so they’re going to get wedged trying to fight through a bend like that.

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