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2013-01-30 Science & Technology
Update on Grounded (Reefed) Minesweeper
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Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-30 07:48|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [247 views ]  Top

#1 Well skipper, sort of begs the question; if you can't find the bottom, how do find the.....
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-30 09:25||   2013-01-30 09:25|| Front Page Top

#2 As with coral reefs, it's the mines you don't find that find you.
Posted by SteveS 2013-01-30 11:34||   2013-01-30 11:34|| Front Page Top

#3 A preliminary Navy review found that the digital chart the crew was using to navigate the ship incorrectly listed the reef's location by 8 miles.

Pretty much what I figured. aside from the idiocy of working off electronic-only. Paper charts may be 'archaic', but there are/were regular chart update notices sent out.

Congratulations, Skipper. You lost a ship and saved the Navy the hassle of breaking it up due to sequestration instead. I figure that's worth a Meritorious Service Medal. Maybe a White House mil-staff job as well.
Posted by Pappy 2013-01-30 12:57||   2013-01-30 12:57|| Front Page Top

#4 He's headed straight to a 2nd shift administrative position at the VA hospital in Twin Falls...
Posted by Steve White 2013-01-30 13:05||   2013-01-30 13:05|| Front Page Top

#5 Seems like watch keepers might have noticed the breaking surf over green water in the middle of the ocean. Or maybe it was dark. Dunno.
Posted by Shipman 2013-01-30 15:40||   2013-01-30 15:40|| Front Page Top

#6 Why not break up the reef and save the ship? The damned reef will grow back.
Posted by Rob Crawford 2013-01-30 17:05||   2013-01-30 17:05|| Front Page Top

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