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Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by diehardgator1, Sep 26, 2013.
Just showing pictures of it on tv Bridge closed Thank God no one was hurt
Was it the Matthews bridge that was incredibly dangerous in the 80s, or is there a Butler Bridge in Jax that I'm confusing?
The captain of that navy ship has some explaining to do--that's a career ending mistake.
From what I've been reading sounds like it was under tow when it hit the bridge. How a tow captain wouldn't know the bridge clearance is beyond me though.
No problem, he can always get a job driving ships for Exxon.
It was a USNS ship operated by civilians though owned by the govt. It was, as Ben said, under tow (actually four tugboats).
Video of the hit...
The Captain, if you're referring to the CO, doesn't actually drive the boat. That would be the job of the helmsman. Other officers/CPO's are in charge of navigating the boat. The CO is basically just a walking talking nearly useless cheerleader who tries to keep the moral of his ship high at all times. (Ok ok, he does slightly more than that )
The Captain would probably be in some sort of trouble, which would be more like "WTF is going on-on your boat", he may even be reassigned, but it wouldn't end his career. It takes a general court martial just to demote them, much less ad-sep for an accident. The helmsman who is likely an enlisted sailor E6 or below, would most likely have to change his rate, may even be demoted if they find out it was his fault, if its anything other than a genuine accident, he may even get ad-sep out of the Navy. The navigators would most likely not be in any trouble because again, it takes a court martial just to demote anyone above Senior Chief (I believe thats the cutoff). Below Senior Chief, the Captain has the power to demote or change the rate of anyone he wants (with good reason, of course).
As far as this situation goes, it appears this was a Naval cargo ship owned by the Navy but operated by civilians. Since it was being towed, I'd assume nobody on board would get any blame whatsoever, but if the tugboats were manned by Navy personnel (typically an AB, an engineer and a captain), I would assume that Captain (or whomever was in charge of the operation) may be in some trouble but again, I highly doubt he would be ad-sep from the Navy.