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Re: The USS John McCain got involved in a collision.
Posted by DAVID ALCOCK on 8/24/2017, 1:21 am, in reply to "Re: The USS John McCain got involved in a collision."
she was believed to be heading in to port so you would expect her to be manned up for manoeuvring and close passing other ships, especially as it appears she was crossing the busiest shipping lane in the world at an unusual point and direction due to being in the wrong position, (this based on a report from a local tug master), but all this just compounds that she was "dark" VIRTUALY INVISIBLE to every other ship which was relying on electronics for collision avoidance. i don't know how many of you have been on the bridge of a merchant ship in the dark and busy waters, but the captain of first officer may join the normal watch of 1 or2 seamen and a junior officer on the bridge, having done this past GIBRALTAR there is a mass of lights, from ships and land, and whilst they show something is "out there" radar is the only thing that says "how far" and "what is that light doing"! the secondary radar/ais gives every "blip" a label with ship details,course,speed,probable future course and position, and highlights any possible conflict, a non transmitting ship is at most an intermittent blip that could be a ship or a wave, radio is used to confirm what any conflicting ship wants to do and a safe course agreed on. you do not expect some idiot to be wandering around in a stealthy ship hoping you will avoid what you can not see!
Mark i am sure we all feel for the lost crew persons and their families without having to say so publicly!
: Not if trailing one shaft to save fuel.
: Granted, this would seem to me to be an
: unwise thing to do in crowded and narrow
: waters - I would navigate on both shafts
: until open water - but it's not impossible.
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