Re: US Navy ship strikes reef because of incorrect charts
Agreed. I believe this ship has the Isotta-Fraschini diesel. That diesel and the reduction gear is probably half the value of the ship. Between those and the ROV / Mine Disposal System and the towed sensor array, the rest of the boat is relatively worthless.
A friend of mine is pretty sick over this. He served on this ship as a diver a number of years ago and like all sailors has sentimental attachment to his ship.
I had friends on sister ships of this class. It's odd- it wasn't so long ago these were being built. A guided missile cruiser I served on is being decommed next year, and that is heartbreaking to me. I would be horribly saddened to see my ship foundering on a reef and junked before my eyes in such a manner.
Last edited by ShoalFinder; 02-14-2013 at 10:51 PM.