The New Orleans is an anphib ship has a shallow draft. I'm betting the Hartford was coming up to PD and the screw noise from the NO was masked by surface noise and they didn't hear them, that or the NO was doing something (like drifting) that caused them to have no sound signature. Not common for US vessels. There used to be some Russian boats that i swear they put out there to float around and get hit by US Subs
That's the only explanation that does not involve a serious FU by someone in conn/sonar on the Hartford.
Unless it was coordinated or the NO was someplace she was not supposed to be almost all of the fault is going to end up on the Captain of the Hartford, there will be a little saved for whomever was on the conn and Sonar.
Last edited by XTR; 03-21-2009 at 11:23 AM.