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Two US Navy Ships Collided In The Pacific Ocean Because Of A 'Steering Malfunction'

As for any damage, both ships reported some, but the Navy says fuel tanks and systems "were not compromised." Officials were quick to confirm that no fuel was spilled into the Pacific Ocean

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/two-us-navy-ships-collided-20...

Seems Capt Hazzelwood of Exxon Valdez fame must have found another job. The few comments in the section below the article are funny.

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Collisions happen a lot.

My uncle was killed in WW2 when his destroyer collided with another destroyer in the fog in the North Atlantic, while escorting a convoy to Britain. This was prior to radar being introduced.

Most likely it was caused by

the unruly Ron Paul people at sea!
Troublemakers, they seem to be everywhere!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

or a "loose nut behind the wheel"

as my FIL was fond of saying.

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"The ships likely just bounced off each other," Indeed!

[The ocean is not big enough for incompetence.]

The ships likely just bounced off each other, said maritime safety consultant James W. Allen.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/17/crews-assess-damage-on-...

Underway Replenishments are very dangerous.

They require two ships to run parallel at the EXACT same speed and distances between the ships can be as little as 50 feet.

As an electronics technician stationed on board the USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG-27), I experienced a collision between the DANIELS and the CONYNGHAM exactly one year after our sister ship (the USS BELKNAP) collided with the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY and the BELKNAP was nearly sent to the bottom. Fortunately, our collision was considered "minor;" and, after temporary repairs, we spent 43 days tracking the Soviet aircraft carrier Kiev. The peacetime Navy is a pretty dangerous place and it is a miracle more of these incidents do not occur.