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(WTKR)   Remember that Navy minesweeper that got stuck in a Philippine reef in January? The Navy just finished cutting it up and lifting the last pieces out with a giant crane   (wtkr.com) divider line 106
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2013-03-30 03:54:24 PM  
Thanks a lot, 0bama. If the military wasn't busy disliking you, this wouldn't have happened. No ships were grounded on reefs when W was busy ridding the world of terrorists and clearin' brush
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-30 03:55:59 PM  
Did they cut up the captain too?
 
2013-03-30 04:36:58 PM  
Is the captain hauling rubber dogsh*t out of Hong Kong?
 
2013-03-30 05:51:55 PM  
The digital chart they were using misplaced the reef by 8 miles, I assume that means the system tied into their GPS. Right after the grounding the Navy issued a warning to all ships to compare their navigation system with paper charts.
 
2013-03-30 05:53:42 PM  
I'm shocked China didn't kindly offer to 'help' get the minesweeper ship unstuck.
 
2013-03-30 05:54:25 PM  
So they needed a crane to get it out?

I'll go back to the asshole of the Internet, now...
 
2013-03-30 05:58:06 PM  
bbsimg.ngfiles.com
 
2013-03-30 05:58:27 PM  
Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.
 
2013-03-30 05:58:33 PM  
I hate that game.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-30 06:00:30 PM  
It was only suppose to be a three hour tour.
 
2013-03-30 06:05:25 PM  
Didn't they ignore some radio warnings or something?
 
2013-03-30 06:06:42 PM  

uncleacid: It was only suppose to be a three hour tour.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-30 06:07:49 PM  

Mort_Q: Didn't they ignore some radio warnings or something?


"This is a lighthouse. Your call."
 
2013-03-30 06:08:08 PM  

Mort_Q: Didn't they ignore some radio warnings or something?


This is a lighthouse. Your call.
 
2013-03-30 06:08:44 PM  
damn kids with their reefer and the hip hop, this is what happens. this is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-03-30 06:08:53 PM  

Tuskan_Roeder: So they needed a crane to get it out?

I'll go back to the asshole of the Internet, now...


Best high school prank ever.
 
2013-03-30 06:11:56 PM  
Rachel Maddow will be thrilled.
 
2013-03-30 06:17:06 PM  
I hear they'll be transporting the pieces back to the states, where they will become the captain's new land-based office.
 
2013-03-30 06:29:01 PM  
Hope they don't flip it
 
2013-03-30 06:29:44 PM  
Interestingly, the Rainbow Warrior (Greenpeace) ran aground on this same reef in 2005. And apparently for the same reason....inaccurate charts.
 
2013-03-30 06:30:32 PM  

vossiewulf: The digital chart they were using misplaced the reef by 8 miles, I assume that means the system tied into their GPS. Right after the grounding the Navy issued a warning to all ships to compare their navigation system with paper charts.


nice to know what happened, i hadn't before.

but the ship's captain is toast. as he well deserves to be. a good exercise for the navigation department would have been to compare different systems. we used to lo those many years ago.
 
2013-03-30 06:30:45 PM  

ZAZ: Did they cut up the captain too?


He was cashiered and ironically, now he's a cashier.
 
2013-03-30 06:32:44 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: Interestingly, the Rainbow Warrior (Greenpeace) ran aground on this same reef in 2005. And apparently for the same reason....inaccurate charts.


should have cut it up too. just because.
 
2013-03-30 06:37:42 PM  
As someone who has dove all over the world for more than three decades, the world's reefs are being incredibly destroyed at an alarming rate. Disease, storm damage, global warming, overpopulation, storm-water runoff, pollution, overfishing, coastal construction...
take your pick.
 
2013-03-30 06:38:56 PM  
The reef is quite obviously a submerged alien life form slowly moving towards land, I would assume the boats that it has been catching and damaging are either victim to research or (depending on the age of the reef alien) adolescent pranks.
As a precautionary procedure we should obviously eliminate all reefs worldwide immediately.
 
2013-03-30 06:42:17 PM  
Standing watch is not texting Dave.

That is all.
 
2013-03-30 06:46:20 PM  

vossiewulf: The digital chart they were using misplaced the reef by 8 miles, I assume that means the system tied into their GPS. Right after the grounding the Navy issued a warning to all ships to compare their navigation system with paper charts.


I saw that movie.  Had a hot Chinese girl in it.
 
2013-03-30 06:47:05 PM  

Chakro: Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.


USS Guardian: 1,400 tons, wooden hull, aground in shallow water

Costa Concordia: 115,000 tons, steel hull, precarious wedged at the top of a steep underwater slope.
 
2013-03-30 06:55:47 PM  

Dahnkster: As someone who has dove all over the world for more than three decades, the world's reefs are being incredibly destroyed at an alarming rate. Disease, storm damage, global warming, overpopulation, storm-water runoff, pollution, overfishing, coastal construction...
take your pick.


Sounds like a mess...let's trash the whole thing and start over.
 
2013-03-30 06:56:16 PM  

Chakro: Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.


After all they're practically sister ships, right?  Except for a few pesky details:  wood/fiberglass versus steel; 224 ft long v. 952; 1,400 tons displacement v. 57,000; carries 83 people versus 5,000.
 
2013-03-30 06:56:47 PM  

orbister: Chakro: Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.

USS Guardian: 1,400 tons, wooden hull, aground in shallow water

Costa Concordia: 115,000 tons, steel hull, precarious wedged at the top of a steep underwater slope.


Not to mention one was on top of in internationally protected reef and damaging it daily, and the other is not.
 
2013-03-30 07:04:00 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Thanks a lot, 0bama. If the military wasn't busy disliking you, this wouldn't have happened. No ships were grounded on reefs when W was busy ridding the world of terrorists and clearin' brush


Reminds me of the time early on in Bush 'w' 43's regime.  One of our aircraft entered Chinese airspace and the chinese forced it to land.  All the chinese wanted was an apology and they would let the plane leave.  Bush said no way.  So we had to take the mother apart and ship it home.
True story.
This was just the beginning of the biggest fail EVAR!
 
2013-03-30 07:05:48 PM  

Stile4aly: Rachel Maddow will be thrilled.


Well, she certainly was quite happy at the scale of the thing on her show last week. She did a segment on it.
 
2013-03-30 07:06:18 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Reminds me of the time early on in Bush 'w' 43's regime. One of our aircraft entered Chinese airspace and the chinese forced it to land. All the chinese wanted was an apology and they would let the plane leave. Bush said no way. So we had to take the mother apart and ship it home.
True story.
This was just the beginning of the biggest fail EVAR!


That's funny right there. I don't care you ya are!
 
2013-03-30 07:06:48 PM  

YoOjo: The reef is quite obviously a submerged alien life form slowly moving towards land, I would assume the boats that it has been catching and damaging are either victim to research or (depending on the age of the reef alien) adolescent pranks.
As a precautionary procedure we should obviously eliminate all reefs worldwide immediately.


I was going to go with Captain Nemo, in his underwater mobile fortress, but I like your explanation, too.
 
2013-03-30 07:06:49 PM  
hey remember when Fark had funny, creative headlines?
 
2013-03-30 07:10:46 PM  

orbister: Chakro: Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.

USS Guardian: 1,400 tons, wooden hull, aground in shallow water

Costa Concordia: 115,000 tons, steel hull, precarious wedged at the top of a steep underwater slope.


That 115,000 is the gross tonnage for the CC.  I did have to track down the tons displacement for the CC, rather than the gross tonnage to make a more valid comparison.  Good point about the shallow water versus rock ledge.  There was a photo spread recently showing the whole process of dismantling the Guardian.  I was amazed as how far onto the reef it ended up.

http://okinawa.stripes.com/news/pics-uss-guardian-cut-pieces-reef-ph il ippines
 
2013-03-30 07:14:41 PM  
The wooden hull is interesting

okinawa.stripes.com
 
2013-03-30 07:21:02 PM  
Although there is noooooothing wrong with it, most men in the Navy are catchers, not pitchers. There must have been three months of ugly cat fights on that derelict.
 
2013-03-30 07:27:27 PM  

jaytkay: The wooden hull is interesting

[okinawa.stripes.com image 490x325]


They tend to be less likely to set off the mines compared with their metal hulled brethren.
 
2013-03-30 07:29:46 PM  
Well, they could just nail it back together, Easter week in the Philippines
 
2013-03-30 07:32:33 PM  

SpaceBison: jaytkay: The wooden hull is interesting

[okinawa.stripes.com image 490x325]

They tend to be less likely to set off the mines compared with their metal hulled brethren.


As the saying goes, "Any ship can be a minesweeper...once."
 
2013-03-30 07:36:35 PM  

Gough: orbister: Chakro: Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.

USS Guardian: 1,400 tons, wooden hull, aground in shallow water

Costa Concordia: 115,000 tons, steel hull, precarious wedged at the top of a steep underwater slope.

That 115,000 is the gross tonnage for the CC.  I did have to track down the tons displacement for the CC, rather than the gross tonnage to make a more valid comparison.  Good point about the shallow water versus rock ledge.  There was a photo spread recently showing the whole process of dismantling the Guardian.  I was amazed as how far onto the reef it ended up.


It's striking how visible that reef is.  Was anyone on deck?  It's easy for an armchair navigator to second-guess, but wasn't there a deckhand to look over the bow and say "Uhhh, guys...?"

/yeah, I know, they were following the electronic charts, which were wrong, and then the Navy changed the rules to make people look out the window every once in a while
 
2013-03-30 07:44:26 PM  

Government Fromage: I hate that game.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 170x259]


Shakes tiny fist...

fearless-selling.ca
 
2013-03-30 07:46:14 PM  

Bondith: Gough: orbister: Chakro: Meanwhile, the Costa Concordia is still lying on its side off the coast of where-ever.

USS Guardian: 1,400 tons, wooden hull, aground in shallow water

Costa Concordia: 115,000 tons, steel hull, precarious wedged at the top of a steep underwater slope.

That 115,000 is the gross tonnage for the CC.  I did have to track down the tons displacement for the CC, rather than the gross tonnage to make a more valid comparison.  Good point about the shallow water versus rock ledge.  There was a photo spread recently showing the whole process of dismantling the Guardian.  I was amazed as how far onto the reef it ended up.

It's striking how visible that reef is.  Was anyone on deck?  It's easy for an armchair navigator to second-guess, but wasn't there a deckhand to look over the bow and say "Uhhh, guys...?"

/yeah, I know, they were following the electronic charts, which were wrong, and then the Navy changed the rules to make people look out the window every once in a while


They hit it straight on at 2 AM.   Try seeing that in the dark.
 
2013-03-30 07:47:04 PM  

Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute: Peter von Nostrand: Thanks a lot, 0bama. If the military wasn't busy disliking you, this wouldn't have happened. No ships were grounded on reefs when W was busy ridding the world of terrorists and clearin' brush

Reminds me of the time early on in Bush 'w' 43's regime.  One of our aircraft entered Chinese airspace and the chinese forced it to land.  All the chinese wanted was an apology and they would let the plane leave.  Bush said no way.  So we had to take the mother apart and ship it home.
True story.
This was just the beginning of the biggest fail EVAR!


Are you talking about the one that was hit midair by a Chinese pilot named Wang Wei?
The Hainan Island incident.
It would have taken 8-12 months to repair it to fly it out. The crew scuttled it before landing and continued for 15 minutes after landing.
 
2013-03-30 07:48:22 PM  

Delay: Although there is noooooothing wrong with it, most men in the Navy are catchers, not pitchers. There must have been three months of ugly cat fights on that derelict.


I like this because as a USN veteran I hear it often, mostly from unemployed men in their 30's doing temp secretarial work because they have no morals, work ethic or balls.
 
2013-03-30 07:55:25 PM  
Four Horsemen of the Domestic Dispute:

Reminds me of the time early on in Bush 'w' 43's regime.  One of our aircraft entered Chinese airspace and the chinese forced it to land.  All the chinese wanted was an apology and they would let the plane leave.  Bush said no way.  So we had to take the mother apart and ship it home.
True story.
This was just the beginning of the biggest fail EVAR!


I seem to remember us not getting back the whole plane, either. Just the parts they'd let us have.
 
2013-03-30 07:59:54 PM  

Government Fromage: I hate that game.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 170x259]


Trainer: That clock is going to keep ticking until it reaches 999
Sweeoer: What happens then?
Trainor: Nothing, you just suck
 
2013-03-30 08:09:13 PM  
Give me a couple of big canvas air bags, and I could have had that thing off the reef in a day.
 
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