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Old 01-20-2013
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Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts

Just a WAG here, but it may have gone like this... (totally fictional)

USS Minesponge, South Pacific Exiting Subic Bay, P.I. 0300

Ship's heading: 090

OOW: "Helmsman, come right to 080 degrees"

Helmsman: (Realizing the OOW would not want to turn a full circle while transiting a reef and meant to say come LEFT) "Orders to the helm, sir...."

OOW: (One year out of USNA, already picturing the star on his collar) "I SAID, come right to 080 degrees"

Helmsman: (Cutting a glance to BMOW) "Orders to the helm, sir!"

OOW: (now extremely irritated that he is being questioned by an enlisted man) "COME RIGHT, SAILOR, TO 080! THAT IS AN ORDER!"

Helmsman: "080 degrees, aye. Coming RIGHT to 080 degrees, SIR"


OOW: "YOU'RE COMING ABOUT! YOU'RE COMING ABO..."

Helmsman: "Aye sir. Coming about as ordered to RIGHT to 080 DEGREES, SIR!"


(ship's alarm) Doo-Doo-Doot! Doo-Doo-Doot! ALL HANDS, BRACE FOR COLLISION. ALL HANDS, BRACE FOR COLLISION.

CAAAAHHHH-----RRUUUNNNCCCCHHHHH!!

Boatswain's Mate of the Watch: "Sir, shall I wake the skipper?"
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