One tough old boat - The USS Buchanan

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One tough old boat - The USS Buchanan

On June 13, 2000 the USS Buchanan became a target ship at Pacific Missile Range Facility.

Canadian and Australian forces tried to sink her for more than 24 hours. She took Three hits from Hellfire missiles fired from SH-60 LAMPS helos; Three Harpoon Missiles fired from RAAF F-111 & US P-3 aircraft and several allied ships; and a GBU-24 (2400 lb laser guided) bomb.

The USS Buffalo's MK-48 torpedo that was to have delivered the coup de grace malfunctioned. Buchanan stayed afloat all night.

Finally she had to be boarded and an EOD Team placed 200 pounds of C-4 in predetermined locations.

Sixteen minutes and three seconds after igniting the time fuse the Buchanan gracefully in a bow down attitude slid below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

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By netchicken: posted on 14-8-2007

Still afloat after being hammered by Canadian and Australian forces the USS Buchanan awaits the C4.

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By netchicken: posted on 14-8-2007








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