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The Tally Ho

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Sub news

"Give me a stopwatch and a map, and I'll fly the Alps in a plane with no windows." --Hunt for Red October.

The USS San Francisco rammed an underwater mountain about 360 miles southeast of Guam last Saturday. The maps the sub was using were from 1989, and failed to accurately chart the obstacle, though satellite photos from 1999 recorded its presence. The sub was going about 30 knots at impact. One sailor was killed. The NYTimes is obtaining most of its information from emails sent by Rear Adm. Sullivan and a sailor on board the sub, which were circulated around the sub community before they were leaked. I wish I could talk to the families.

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