Oops - USS Port Royal runs aground on first day out caused up to $40 million damages

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Oops - USS Port Royal runs aground on first day out caused up to $40 million damages

USS Port Royal, a United States Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, ran aground on its first day back at sea after an extensive refit. The grounding may cost between $25 and $40 million.

On 5 February 2009, at 9 p.m. the Port Royal ran aground about a half-mile south of the Honolulu International Airport's Reef Runway. The ship had just come out of a dry dock after undergoing maintenance and was undergoing its first sea trials. The Port Royal had spent the last four months in a shipyard, getting a normal batch of upgrades and maintenance. The 9,600 ton ship has been in service for 15 years, and is the 27th, and last, Ticonderoga class cruiser to be built.

The cruiser, which has a draft of 33 feet, ran hard aground on a sand and rock ledge in an estimated 17 to 22 feet (57 m) of water.

According to U.S. Pacific Fleet spokespersons in Honolulu, the ship ran aground on Thursday while moving very slowly as it transferred shore-based officials to a smaller boat to take them to shore.

On 9 February 2009, the Port Royal was pulled off the rock and sand shoal at around 2 a.m. after crews removed another 500 tons of water and 100 tons of anchors and other equipment to lighten the vessel, the Navy said in a statement.

The ship's commanding officer, Captain John Carroll, was temporarily relieved of his duties pending investigation. Carroll had been skipper of the Port Royal since October 2008.

The warship suffered heavy damage to the underwater bow sonar dome and to its propellers and propeller shafts and was drydocked for repairs.


On February 18, the ship entered Dry Dock Number 4 at Pearl Harbor. The Navy estimated that repairs would cost between $25 and $40 million.

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By netchicken: posted on 18-3-2009

Come on!!! I mean really, come on! How the heck does this happen with a state of the art ship, and knowledge of where the sand bars are. Some one was slacking off or drinking at the captains wheel, and now tax payers money is going down the tubes to fix a new ship.
By mg.mikael: posted on 20-3-2009








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