- Apr 29, 2010
Extra bad ju-ju to have damaged the props, so unable to maneuver off at high tide with little damage except cosmetic and pride. And being towed into port - that's lemon juice on the paper cut. The salt on top of that is an international POL spill AND damaged props, which will require unplanned repairs and impact her readiness. Casualty status is likely the dreaded "not mission capable." The investigation will look at all facts, including verifying the nav plan, plot fixes, quals of the bridge team, and so on. I expect the CO was on the bridge during this high-profile evolution.
All CO's know they might be one 18-year old away from a career-ending incident, as the saying goes. The joy and the burden of command