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  1. This is what could have happened... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Frank_E._Evans
  2. When incidents like this happen...the Bridge...CIC...Radio...Engineering etc. will secure all watch data and logs ...usually in a safe. Pending investigation/s.
  3. Most officers aboard ship must qualify for Officer Of the Deck (OOD) duties. It is part of their career path, and they usually stand the bridge watches. CO's and XO's do not typically assume bridge watch duty on a rotating basis. They float and can be present on the bridge anytime unannounced. Believe me they put in very long hours.
  4. Hmmm...why is this prick so irritating?
  5. I agree, if the surface picture is crowded enough it can be confusing, even with the high tech equipment we have today I don't think the captain was on the bridge. He suffered a head injury and was transported off the ship.. I think he was asleep in his sea cabin or stateroom. in my day, the radar repeaters had issues with "sea return" where the surrounding area closest to the center of the scope was blinded out to about 100 to 300 yards from the ship. If a contact slipped into that area undetected there could be problems especially at night. I think the new radars like SPY1/SPY2 don't have those issues. I'll bet the pictures we see of the damage is nothing compared to the damage below the water line. Most ships now have huge protrusions extending forward from the lower bow to reduce drag through the water from the bow wave. There might be a large hole which would explain the flooded birthing compartment.
  6. A Navy vessel has multiple watch standers on the bridge 24 hours a day,,,to include the OOD, helmsman, navigator and port and starboard lookouts, to name a few, The bridge space itself is loaded with the latest navigational aids including radar repeaters displaying surface picture for miles around the ship. On top of all this, Combat Information Center is fully manned and the entire air and surface picture is monitored and tracked every minute of the day. There is NO way that container ship or any other surface target could sneak up on the destroyer...no way. The navy ship was rammed deliberately. Question becomes, why didn't the destroyer take evasive action as soon as CIC warned the bridge that it was tracking a surface vessel with "constant bearing, decreasing range"...
  7. I just adopted a 2 yr old golden retriever...loyal, sweet as hell, and does not hog all of my bed at night....His name is Boo.
  8. This is tricky business. Unless your pet can fly in the main cabin with aircon, I would not risk transporting it in the cargo hold for all of those hours. No food, water, potty breaks etc To say nothing of the possibility of the aircraft sitting on the tarmac for extended periods of time. It's painful to give up a favorite pet, I know. Maybe a linc member can adopt it, and give it a good home. Good luck.
  9. Have one of my best shipmates living in Ellijay Retired W4/HTC on Pinecrest Court in a gated community way back in the woods . Have been there a few times nice place  as i also live in Anderson SC not to far away / Also live part time here in the North part of Cebu 


  10. http://www.lifeisgood2.com/Damato/GunsOfDongHoi/GunsOfDongHoi.htm Operation Sea Dragon was quirky little plan for the USN to draw out VC coastal gun batteries and draw their fire. It basically involved coming in fast, turn parallel to the coast at about 7 miles out, and shooting at any big gun that shoots at us (called counter battery). On September 13, 1967 we, the USS Dehaven were steaming in company with the USS Damato, riding shotgun for each other. The attached link describes that day on the gun line, and explains the makings of a 20 minute audio tape which lets you listen to some of the internal shipboard communications...from the call to general quarters to the actual fire mission itself...including the Damato taking two hits from the VC shore batteries. Who is on the recording.................. Bridge... of the ship, and Captain CIC,,,or Combat information center....responsible for providing range and bearing information to the target, and targeting corrections. Plot...Basic fire control central providing firing solutions to the gun mounts. Mounts 51 and 52...two forward 5 inch 38 caliber gun mounts carrying two 5 inch naval guns each. The tape is time compressed meaning a lot of dead air was deleted from the original recording.
  11. I'm not saying anything until Tullois provides the answer............just sayin.
  12. Sweet video! I have to admit I never heard the words "Thank you for your service" until just a few years ago...now if I wear my USN ball cap when I'm out and about, I hear it quit often. It's very gratifying and gives me a moment of reflection on those days so long ago.
  13. If the keyboard is wireless, the computer should be fine.