Monday, March 23, 2009

USS Hartford Fast Attack Nuclear Sub Seaworthy? MAYBE NOT

Just in from Washington the USS Hartford to damaged to be seaworthy? If so, just how safe is the nuclear reactor?

USS Hartford No Longer Sea Worthy? Formal Request For OPEN INVESTIGATION

Naval Inspector General

Attn: Navy Hotline

Building 172

1254 Ninth Street, S.E.

Washington Navy Yard DC

Take Notice of the nice SMOOTH SEALED surface where the Sail joins the Hull.

Notice the vertical/horizontal this to the new CANT.

Dear Inspector General:
As an Anti-Nuclear environmentalist, I have grave concerns when it comes to all things surrounding the Military/Commercial Nuclear Industry...simply stated, there is more than adequate reason not to trust anything put out in the way of Propaganda from the Nuclear Industry (through NEI) or our government through various and assorted agencies (DOD, DOE, NRC, and yes, the US Nuclear Navy).

It does not take a rocket scientist to realize the horrific collision of the USS Hartford with the USS New Orleans was/is far more serious than the Navy is letting on. The few available pictures of the USS Hartford fast attack submarine show SERIOUSLY broken welds around the sail. The Conning Tower is canted from stem to stern, suggesting that periscopes are no longer working.

Further, it is my own belief and allegation that such a significant collision has impinged upon the reactor cores cooling capabilities. It is my belief that any attempts to navigate the USS Hartford back to America under its own power endanger the crew of the USS Hartford, as well as the citizens of the world, and our environment.

It is therefore respectfully requested that your office open up a FULLY PUBLIC investigation of how the accident occurred, and just what damage has been done to both vessels. This investigation should include inspection of the entire nuclear propulsion/cooling system to assure the safety of the world population. Said inspection should take place after the nuclear submarine has been returned back to America using the same technology used to transport the USS Cole. (see photograph)

World public health, the safety of the grew, and the protection of our world oceans should supercede whatever Middle East Agenda the USS Hartford was carrying out. When already we are hearing rumors of water tight doors below deck being incapable of closing, the Navy cannot and must not needlessly risk lives of our American Sailors.

United States Citizen
Anti Nuclear Activist

PS,,,what environmental restoration work is underway for the TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND GALLONS OF SPILLED DIESEL, and what took the Superior Officers so long in getting a grew out to deal with that end of this accident.
Vice Admiral William E. Gortney
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper
Rear Admiral Scott E. Sanders
Rear Admiral Scott E. Sanders


Anonymous said...

After reading your letter to the Navy, I couldn't admit but to chuckle. The sail of a submarine does not have much at all to do with the reactor or its cooling system. In fact, the sail is welded to the outside of the pressure hull, so the interior of the boat is intact. Take it from someone that knows these things. If you don't believe me, check out Submarines for Dummies.

Oh, that is a picture of the USS Cole you have up...not the USS New Orleans. Thought I would let you know.

Royce Penstinger said...

You must not read very carefully...yes, know its a picture of the Cole...which was towed was illustrative of how I believe the USS Hartford will get back to America.

The reactor is inside...but if the OUTSIDE if all frigged up, the sub is not going is possible to do DAMAGE to the cooling system of the reactor while not doing damage to the reactor core fact, one of the problems the Navy has if the sub has to be towed home is keeping the water supply to the core going.

TRY READING MORE CAREFULLY...does not a new article coming out tomorrow that is FAR MORE revealing...waiting to see if a particular photograph materializes as promised.

Anonymous said...

US$ 15.8 MILLION awarded to repair this ship:

/quote/General Dynamics, Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $15,800,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for advance planning and off-hull fabrication of the replacement hull patch and bridge access trunk, advance planning and material procurement for the port retractable bow plane, and advance planning for the sail for restoration of USS Hartford (SSN 768) to full service condition. Work will be performed in Quonset Point, R.I., (70 percent) and Groton, Conn., (30 percent), and is expected to be completed by Oct. 2009. Contract funds in the amount of $15,800,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-G-6321)./unquote/