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(Seacoastonline.com)   News: Locals raise $100K for memorial to honor sailors who died aboard the USS Thresher. Fark: The "memorial" will be a flagpole in the middle of a traffic circle   ( seacoastonline.com) divider line
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2013-02-11 08:54:05 AM  
2 votes:
There's just a little more to this one.
FTA: "A 129-foot flagpole in Kittery's Memorial Circle will be the centerpiece of the memorial, which is to be dedicated on the morning of April 7"

Methinks subby doesn't know what "centerpiece" means
2013-02-11 02:24:43 PM  
1 vote:
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Our flag poles! Where are they? Answer that one, Herr Goering! The Maine-iacs have plenty of them! Talking big is all he's good for, that fat slob.
2013-02-11 09:33:18 AM  
1 vote:

Uisce Beatha: So, the home of the shipyard that caused the sinking is going all out, eh?

/Squids, we got you a flagpole!
//So, we all cool now?
///Thanks for the SUBSAFE program, Portsmouth.

It was in part Portsmouth's fault and partly the navys rush for deeper diving boats. That the Thresher had recently undergone depth charge testing didn't help any.

Most of the 90+ boats that followed her (up to 688 with a couple of exceptions) used essentially the same systems. SUBSAFE made a few minor changes in basic design but vastly improved the materials and testing methods used. That and making it so that any seawater piping was to be given the same consideration as the pressure hull (instead of stopping at the backup valves like they used to do) probably saved quite a few lives so her loss was not in vain.

Speaking from personal experience, dealing with SUBSAFE requirements on a boat that was originally not designed, much less completed, with SUBSAFE in mind was not an easy task. Some boats never were certified to be 100% SUBSAFE compliant because of the costs and down time associated with the new piping requirements so they had their official test depths cut in half to the Skipjack standard. They did have the blow systems and emergency closure addressed however and I do think that in an emergency that they could have gone to their original rated test depth with no ill effects as they were usually close to 90% compliant, all in the places that really mattered. For example the hull and backup valves were still rated to full crush depth and they all had the emergency closure systems that the Thresher didn't have.

The Scorpion was one of the last boats due for a SUBSAFE overhaul when she was lost although I think that it wouldn't have mattered in her case outside of the reported ships control problems. It had apparently developed a "Shake" at flank speeds that an overhaul probably would have fixed and some theories have the shaking rupturing a MK 37 battery electrolyte diaphragm causing it to short out and heat up a weapon enough to cause a low order warhead explosion. I personally can buy that explanation given how much dislike there was in the fleet for that particular weapon. There were a few other problems with its design that had caused more than a few hot runs in its history at sea.
2013-02-11 08:55:13 AM  
1 vote:
Could be worse - most memorials ARE the highway these days.
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