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US Navy Frigate Runs Aground Amid Sochi-Overwatch In Black Sea

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We noted that two US Navy ships - the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor and an amphibious command ship the USS Mount Whitney - entered the Black Sea on Feb 4th on what the Navy said was a routine deployment (following terrorist threats surrounding the Olympic Games in Sochi).


8 days later, the Navy reports, the USS Taylor is under inspection for damage (and rumored to be inoperable) after running aground as it was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey.



Via Stars and Stripes,

The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor, one of two ships on deployment in the Black Sea, is being inspected for damage after running aground last week as it was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey, a spokesman for the U.S. 6th Fleet said Tuesday.


The Taylor was able to moor without further incident, and there were no injuries, said 6th Fleet spokesman Lt. Shawn Eklund.


The incident, which occurred on Feb. 12, is under further investigation, Eklund said.




The Pentagon announced their planned deployment in January, after terrorist groups threatened to disrupt the Olympic Games in Sochi, the resort town on Russia’s Black Sea coast.


Let's just hope there's no problems in Sochi now? And how does a US Navy frigate run aground while preparing to moor in a friendly environment?


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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 15:59 | 4449337 Rising Sun
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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:05 | 4449354 TruthInSunshine
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"Ya' gotta hand it to those Navy Boys."

-- Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, USMC

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:07 | 4449367 ZerOhead
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Someone wasn't guiding the guided missle frigate...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:09 | 4449376 icanhasbailout
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someone's getting a promotion to Senator...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:11 | 4449392 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Is the captain from Arizona?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:23 | 4449437 ZerOhead
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Nobody is quite sure where exactly Captain Hazelwood is from however he was smelling of bourbon when he blamed the bankers for the calamity. Sand-bankers that is...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:25 | 4449460 BLOTTO
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I think the Captain is a distant relative of Edward Smith...and his boss is the same as the old boss.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:56 | 4449615 TruthInSunshine
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I honestly gave y'all plenty of time to say it, but oh well:

Rear Admiral Wei Tu Lo

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:06 | 4449648 nuclearsquid
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Was most likely the local Turkish pilot, though the CO will no doubt be fired.


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:08 | 4449655 nuclearsquid
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Oh, and TD, these outdated Frigates are most certainly conducting a  'routine deployment.'  Not the best and brightest aboard this one, i assure you.


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:14 | 4449689 HardAssets
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Onboard we often heard

"The Navy was designed by geniuses to be run by idiots."

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:01 | 4449912 0b1knob
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One ship? Small change.

The navy once ran 9 aground in one day, destroying 7 of them.


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:11 | 4449960 Ying-Yang
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So.... US Naval ships don't have depth gauges?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:42 | 4450069 MarkD
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I was tinking same ting.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 05:46 | 4451736 Ar-Pharazôn
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sometimes, dont ask me when, i m pretty sure they navigate by sight

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:56 | 4449616 gmrpeabody
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It was supposed to be just a three hour tour...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:51 | 4450077 Cacete de Ouro
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Maybe they should've ditched the new body hugging high perspiration suits.... Hold on a second, sorry..,that was the speed skating team...apologies navy boys

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:20 | 4449445 Joe Davola
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On the bright side, sounds like Captain Schettino has found work with the US Navy!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:08 | 4449662 RafterManFMJ
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NEVER trust a Moor - ancient Spanish proverb.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:33 | 4449785 pods
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I thought they were the Moops?


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:43 | 4449549 Canadian Dirtlump
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He used to run a cruise ship in italy. Either way, considering this is nothing but a political stunt, the fact that they fucked up is even more hilarious.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:47 | 4449569 Canadian Dirtlump
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He used to run a cruise ship in italy. Either way, considering this is nothing but a political stunt, the fact that they fucked up is even more hilarious.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 00:10 | 4451400 Chuck Walla
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Listen! You can hear someone's career ending....


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:12 | 4449397 Sofa King Confused
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Broken depth finder???

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:17 | 4449430 Big Corked Boots
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They were looking for bass.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:15 | 4449697 Urban Redneck
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Bullshit. Any cheap $100 redneck fish finder from big box "oudoor" store could have prevented this, but a multi-million dollar US MIC supplied sonar system - apparently not. But of course- it will be a convenient excuse to upgrade to the forthcoming multi-trillion dollar US MIC sonar.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:00 | 4449909 skwid vacuous
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black sea bass, my favorite...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 20:23 | 4450482 dellievan
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    This is the outcome when They go looking for our wet precious metals
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:20 | 4449441 silvermail
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"Broken depth finder???"

No, just the sailors have very powerful binoculars in which it was clearly seen very beautiful Russian girls on the beach.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:55 | 4449610 Larry Dallas
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Then CNN will report that the Captain, who's also brown and gay, has claimed that he had an epileptic episode and deserves to keep his job.

Junk away. I don't care.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11 | 4449676 epicurious
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Like all of our MIC foreign policy misguided missles.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:05 | 4449359 Rafferty
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Good.  Leave it there, scrap the rest and invest the money in America's crumbling infrastructure.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11 | 4449673 RafterManFMJ
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I'm pretty sure now that the ship is grounded the USSA is obligated to bring democracy to the offending country.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:24 | 4449462 rubiconsolutions
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An allegory for American foreign policy lead by Admiral John Kerry. "Ahoy matey! Permission to come aboard?"

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:34 | 4449511 TruthInSunshine
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Whisper rumor that ship ran aground as Hillary Clinton was dropping & rolling to avoid sniper fire.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:52 | 4449594 rubiconsolutions
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"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligans Isle.

So this is the talel of the castways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

So join us here each week my freinds,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castways,
Here on "Gilligan's Isle."

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:03 | 4449643 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Gotta put that tune to some Zeppelin, bro.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:38 | 4449533 Possible Impact
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'Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?'

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:15 | 4449694 Jack Sheet
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'Twas on the good ship Venus
By Gad you should have seen us....

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:28 | 4449482 Martel
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Vada a bordo, cazzo!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:39 | 4449816 Freddie
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Obama's Navy.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:05 | 4449927 Dugald
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Bands playing, Bayonets fixed, Echo sounders switched off. just that simple.

The old procedure of, Lookout, Leadline and Log have been discontinued due to the navy ......ahhh forget it...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:07 | 4449937 chemystical
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$100 says the helm and/or nav were: texting or looking at porn.  Alcohol is a distant 3rd imo.  Sex might be involved too. but porn or text are the frontrunners.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:03 | 4449340 NoDebt
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"And how does a US Navy frigate run aground while preparing to moor in a friendly environment?"

I wouldn't say it happens all the time, but it happens.  Channels shift around, things don't stay exactly the same on the bottom of the sea.  Mostly, though, it's piloting error, same as it ever was.  Good chance whoever is commanding the vessel right now won't be shortly.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:03 | 4449352 CrashisOptimistic
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Yup, your basic career killer.

But he's likely an O5 or O6 and will retire at about 70K/yr pension plus free medical for himself and wife for life.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:10 | 4449381 Dr. Richard Head
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Veteran's health care is supposed to be phenominal too, so they have that going for them.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:54 | 4449593 CrashisOptimistic
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That's the old normal.  The new normal is the smartest med students opt for military, which pays all of med school for them and lets them see the world with their family for free (while getting paid to do so with 30 days vacation per year), and indemnifies them for all malpractice suits (there are none, military docs can't be sued).

Military docs have pretty good life and hence come from the smartest students, and they treat retirees.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:57 | 4450346 outofideas
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I had a collage buddy with that plan. Air Force ROTC for medical school, take care of some people in good shape for a few years, retire as captain, go make big bucks in private industry. This was a solid plan as he entered medical school in the mid to late 90's. His plan went to shit however circa 2001, say around fall. He ended up doing a very long stretch patching up all people in less then good shape.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:16 | 4449425 Greenskeeper_Carl
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exactly. he will never get command again, and probably get out at 20, if he isnt at 20 already. but this kind of thing happens. probably havent surveyed that channel in a while so the charts arent up to date. or it was just being driven/navigated by a group of dumbasses. no shortage of those in the navy, thats for sure

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:46 | 4449562 Tucson Tom
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" or it was just being driven/navigated by a group of dumbasses. no shortage of those in the navy, thats for sure" With your grammar and sentence structure,you don`t sound like you would qualify for anything more than a boat anchor!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:52 | 4449589 gmrpeabody
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Ex navy, are ya?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:56 | 4450344 Offthebeach
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Different country, long gone world. Pre war, Nimitz once had/let a Lieutenant run a cruiser into a dock. Said to have said how else are they to learn other than doing and thus making errors.

Anyhow I suppose the anti-terrorist moring precaution has them in a less than favorable area, as far as morings go.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:16 | 4449426 whatthecurtains
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He could always go work for Carnival Cruise lines sailing the Med.   It looks like Schettino will go to jail so they need a replacement.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:20 | 4449446 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Good chance whoever is commanding the vessel right now won't be shortly.

Unless he was able to get the ship ungrounded under its own power, there's no chance he'll command another vessel.

But hey, that tyrannosaurid-armed fossil John McCain already has one foot in Hell and is bound to kick the bucket soon, so perhaps the captain should consider a career in Arizona politics.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:50 | 4449577 Never One Roach
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Naval Command cited "the weather" as the most likely cause.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:33 | 4449784 angel_of_joy
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Funny, same as the FED...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:31 | 4449780 angel_of_joy
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"And how does a US Navy frigate run aground while preparing to moor in a friendly environment?"

Incompetence ?!? Most of the time, anyway...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:01 | 4449341 JustObserving
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1 out of 2 US ships disabled by rocks placed by terrorists.  Who will protect the Sochi games now?  Putin must be concerned.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:11 | 4449385 TruthInSunshine
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The Obama Charitable Trust wants the ship decommissioned & donated to The Somali Pirate Widows & Orphan Fund.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:02 | 4449345 ussa
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Probably ran aground on a Russian submersible.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:04 | 4449349 oddjob
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Tough to fathom how a MIC showboat runs aground.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:07 | 4449368 Conax
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w t f  ? 

The military was slipping back when I got out. Yesmen were replacing real leaders, unqualified people were given extremely sensitive, highly technical jobs with great responsibilities, it was getting harder and harder to pass the ORIs (Operational Readiness Inspections) and even hotshot pilots were getting out in droves.

Now, a naval frigate (this is a big one), with all its sensors and navigational gear has run aground like Darrel in his sailboat, in full view of the Russians and the rest of the world.

How embarrassing.  I wonder what really happened.  Did the Ruskies supply a bum chart or what?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:15 | 4449420 NoDebt
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"I wonder what really happened."

I think you already answered that quite adequately.  I have family in the service.  They're getting out.  The military is being gutted.  Not so much the money, but who is being placed in command positions and for what reasons (not merit, that's for sure).  

It's a much more hollow military than some here would believe.  I won't go into it here- not worth the argument in this venue, but if you're involved in the military or know people who are, you know what I'm talking about.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:18 | 4449432 TruthInSunshine
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"Its name was the USS Taylor."

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:56 | 4450342 Squiddly Diddly
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Rename to USS Economy

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:47 | 4449572 ConfederateH
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How about one of Putin's gay mini submarines tried to hump Obama's frigate.  As one would expect Obama was all show and no go.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:41 | 4449540 AmCockerSpaniel
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It was the Russian port pilot (a ice hockey fan, who lost some rubles on that American ref call).


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:36 | 4449799 angel_of_joy
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Ruskies don't operate in Turkey (not overtly, anyway...)

"...inspected for damage after running aground last week as it was preparing to moor in Samsun, Turkey."

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:43 | 4449833 Freddie
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The Russian's must thinks these Navy boys are Obama's a*s boys.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:07 | 4449370 Non Passaran
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The USS Taylor Durden :-)
They should rename that one to the USS Obamacare (or the USS Bernank).

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:08 | 4449372 Winston Churchill
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So now the MIC becomes a laughing stock for the
world along with Obozo.
Accidents happen , but with the world watching Sochi,
it does not bode well.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:08 | 4449373 pot_and_kettle
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did they derp when they should've herped?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:09 | 4449380 irie1029
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First women in the navy then the next thing you know a parking accident.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:19 | 4449434 centerline
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Trying to parallel park between some reefs...   lol.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 22:23 | 4451042 TruthInSunshine
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If it was the first Asian woman captain the frigate would have taken out about 2 rows of parked cars and 11 pedestrians before becoming grounded.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:12 | 4449396 Hicham
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Thanks Obama!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:14 | 4449418 El Hosel
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Stuck in the mud, nuff said.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:14 | 4449412 Save_America1st
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time for a military purge...oh wait...

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:17 | 4449419 tony wilson
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putin is out of control

he is a mad dog

he cannot be allowed to force are ships onto dry land.

this is war

does he not know usa usa ships need water to stay floaty and ship shape.

george soros was correct all along russia needs some jewish bankers to help the transition to freedom and balkanisation.



if i did not have a back condition and flat feet i would be over in the ukraine helping out here ho mccain

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:25 | 4449453 spanish inquisition
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Billions of manpower, research and computing power to make sure the vessel is idiot proof. Then, along comes the next release of i-diot 


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:24 | 4449463 Spectre
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Ignorant Navy commander.  Biliion dollar ship with $200 Million in electronics and they still can fuck things up.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:18 | 4449711 RafterManFMJ
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And just think, some 80 IQ imbecile hanging off the bow with a weighted, knotted rope could have prevented this - a technology that's been around for what, 2000 years?

Mark Twain, and steady as she goes!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:52 | 4449850 Freddie
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Keep stacking gold, silver, beans, FMJ, HP, 37 mm and 26.5 mm flares, water, guns.   These MIC stooges are gonna back Obam.


When they are on the trip wire near my perimeter and start saying "hey GI Joe donkey boy..."  The flares go off and they the supression fire.  I am not scared of Obam goons even if they are SeaBees.


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:52 | 4450313 zerozulu
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Depth measuring stick was not long enough..

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:37 | 4449469 earleflorida
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you no wanton help... 'No Moar NATO fou U?s

as an auspicious anchoring harbor'd smile breaches erdogan face... a far reaching grin, speaking silently-- right back at ya, mr. gulen surrogate!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:26 | 4449473 sangell
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African American captain!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:28 | 4449478 Karl von Bahnhof
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You mean moving undersea rock?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:29 | 4449484 TruthInSunshine
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Spielberg will make a 400 million dollar 2 1/2 hour movie based on this.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11 | 4449674 superflex
Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:54 | 4449877 Freddie
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Saving Ensign Goldberg.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:31 | 4449988 chemystical
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I've been waiting for Staging Private Lynch to premier.  That's a story that needs to be re-told and often.  The story boards are already written.  

Since I'm in a wagering mood (thsi being a day of the week that ends with a y), I'd bet $100 to someone's $1 that less than 5% of the American public can tell you who Jessica Lynch is.  It's not like she has a reality show or anything. 

Her own family told the press that they were threatened by "men in black" and warned not to tell the truth about that propaganda.  I naively assumed that would have peeled some layers off the onion of lies.  Duh.  What was I thinking.

Anyone remember this?  Typical of the BS floated at the time:

The records do not tell whether her captors assaulted her almost lifeless, broken body after she was lifted from the wreckage, or if they assaulted her and then broke her bones into splinters until she was almost dead,”...."I’m kind of surprised that the news of rape is coming out so late. We should have learned about this sooner,” said Donnely, adding she suspected Lynch was brutalized after hearing reports that her dogtags were found on the nightstand of one of Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen fighters."

Yup, right there on the nightstand, along side Mohammed Atta's magic passport.  Pretty sure the Quran was on the night stand too. 

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:29 | 4449486 Wile-E-Coyote
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I hope those guys in the Russian submarine are OK. I heard the captain of the Taylor got a periscope up his ass.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:29 | 4449487 Tracerfan
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Too much diversity training.

Not enough seamanship training.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:29 | 4449488 Dr. Engali
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How is that even possible in this day and age? One would think that the systems in place could prevent that.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:34 | 4449510 Dave Thomas
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Minutes before the sickening crunch of running aground, a campy 18th century british voice was heard yelling, "Oh cabin boy!"


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:15 | 4449693 RichardENixon
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Hi sailor! I'm buyin the gerbils when we dock at Sochi!

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:37 | 4449524 DollarMenu
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They probably do have systems that can recognize and alert, but nothing to overcome the situational physics.   Big ships need time to react.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:18 | 4449677 Emergency Ward
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The control systems are superceded by political considerations.  The captain of the ship probably thought it was crazy to bring the ship in that close, but "just followed orders".

A fucking guided-missile frigate?  WTF?  The insane psychopaths in Washington were planning on using guided missiles against terrorists in Sochi!  During the Olympics?  Huh??

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:56 | 4449889 Freddie
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Totally corrupt and evil ***king idiots in the Pentagon and it has been that way since the Civil War.   They and Lyndon Baines Johnsonstein got 56,000 kids killed for nothing but lots of defense contracts. 

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 09:21 | 4451981 Seize Mars
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That was a side benefit. The main purpose was to foment huge deficit spending and force the end of the gold standard. It worked.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:31 | 4449498 Seize Mars
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Run aground. Run a-fucking-ground?!
You stupid fucks.
God how embarrassing.
Stupid, stupid fucks.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:34 | 4449509 Seize Mars
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Crazy Ivan.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:53 | 4449584 One And Only
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Obama fired all competent admirals/generals.

What do you expect? Our Naval ships now run aground like the Costa Concordia.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:59 | 4449628 Emergency Ward
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Admiral Obama: "I'm on the bridge.  I got lots of controls.  How come we're not moving?"

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:54 | 4449603 TrumpXVI
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"Now sit right back and I'll tell a tale, a tale of a fateful trip

that started from this tropic port upon this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man, the skipper brave and sure....."

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:10 | 4449670 squid427
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Really guys? No one was watching the depth finder? Are we trying to over take the Polish for the most joked about nincompoops on the planet? If we are, then job well done.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:22 | 4449738 Joebloinvestor
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Watch the Navy blame it on a homosexual (alleged) trying to commit suicide (almost worked the first time they used that excuse).

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:24 | 4449743 Son of Captain Nemo
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Everyone should be asking the most reasonable question of all.  Why would anyone send a missile Frigate on it's last legs that should have been decommissioned a year ago to of all things an "Olympics"?

A gift from the United States of America bringing you peace

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:26 | 4449754 22winmag
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Small craft packed with explosives in 3...2...1.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:35 | 4449795 10mm
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Beware of political Parties and Foriegn Entanglements.

Geroge Washington

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:48 | 4449854 NuYawkFrankie
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Mistakes do happen -

but nothing that another $trillion or two for the Pentagon can't cure.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:07 | 4449940 ncdirtdigger
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I was stationed aboard a frigate in the early 80's that ran aground in Bermuda. Did extensive damage to the sonar dome and we subsequently made sail for dry dock in Bath, Maine.
For those who really want to know, it is probable that the pilot (the fellow familiar with the local waters/channels & depths, who boards the ship and is in control while making the way into port) made an error and may not have been familiar with the size of the sonar dome on the front of the frigate and thus the dome struck bottom.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:29 | 4450030 IREN Colorado
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Yet another reason the Marines should be in charge of the Navy. If we can't drive over it we blow the M*&%r F*$%r up and drive through it!


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:37 | 4450052 Stuck on Zero
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I think Jason and the Argonauts ran the Argo aground in this same location.


Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:53 | 4450101 Chippewa Partners
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Morgan Miller was being interviewed at Sochi and everyone lost focus.   Ya think?

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:15 | 4450168 are we there yet
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Obama has fired so many generals, and increased politically correct diversity sensitivity rules and training such that combat readiness may be taking a hit. Really, a warship running aground in friendly waters is surprising.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 02:46 | 4451609 nathan1234
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I guess Obama's Kenyan half brother was at the helm doing his bit.
Must say it is ground reality

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:27 | 4450203 JimboJammer
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don't  these  ships  have  a  depth  finder  to  alert  them  the  water  is  40  ft  or  less....

come  on  man  ..

come  on  man. . .  who  is  in   charge  here.... ? 

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:28 | 4450215 jtg
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Nietzsche was right to point out that the virtues ultimately clash; too much of one will diminish another. So is there just too much equality and compassion in the US Navy? I think we are seeing symptoms of the effect of the PC/MC crap inbibed by the sociopathic elites in the US.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 19:53 | 4450327 Downtoolong
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This is worse than dropping your partner on her ass in the Ice Dancing finals. I can just imagine how the Judges in Sochi scored this maneuver; the first 1.4 out of 10 in Olympic history.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 21:39 | 4450848 grunk
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U.S.S. Costa Concordia.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 05:43 | 4451733 Ar-Pharazôn
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YAY Schettino style.


Usa is learning much from Italy

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:57 | 4452392 Reader1
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This is not a surprise.  The USN has drifted away from the days of tough, resilient, educated commanders who could make decisions and act upon them.  I knew a prof at USN Academy who told me the cadets were a bunch of tards.  He said the profs caught cadets smoking pot, tearing components out of the engine room because they were making an annoying noise, and in one case, they sabotaged an engine so they wouldn't have to make a training run to Charleston, SC.  Another prof, he told me, wanted to teach the cadets celestial navigation, but was told not to waste their time-they didn't need it and should be focusing on classwork.  Yeah, who needs man's oldest form of navigation?  That's what GPS is for!

Want to know how stupid the USN has become?  Did you hear about the USS Independence falling apart and having to be drydocked 1 year after launching because the ship was corroding to bits?  It happened because the USN forgot one of the most basic problems faced by modern ships: electrolysis.  When a ship sits in the water, it begins to corrode due to electrolysis.  Ships have zinc plates installed, or in this case, some kind of electronic device to prevent corrosion.  You routinely remove the zinc plates and replace them when the ship comes out of the water.  I've seen zinc plates dissolved into powder from long-term immersion.  Somehow, the USN forgot this basic issue in building their (C)littoral combat ships. 

Also, last year they ran a mine sweeper up on a protected reef in the Philippines.  Apparently, they didn't have ANY charts on board for the area they were operating in and ran up on a reef that had been charted for over 400 years.  Oh well.  Who needs charts when you got GPS?

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