Third Time Not a Charm


Poor Captain Carroll . . .

Sunday: Defiant Navy Ship Still Stuck After 3rd Extraction Attempt

A third attempt to refloat USS Port Royal (CG 73) proved unsuccessful this morning, leaving the guided missile cruiser aground about a half-mile south of Honolulu Airport.

This morning’s attempt was made with the concerted effort of the salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52), M/V Dove and four Navy and three commercial tugboats.

The Port Royal’s hull is structurally sound and there has been no fuel leakage or spillage.

. . .

Larger tug boats and tow vessels provided more pulling power than was mustered the two previous mornings. Today’s effort again coincided with the high tide, which occurred about 3 a.m. The ship, however, remained aground after four hours of towing, which began at 1:30 a.m.

The Navy is assessing its options on how to proceed.

See also:
Whoops!
USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52)
USNS SALVOR (T-ARS 52)

It’s interesting to note that the M/V Dove is standing by. This is a support vessel for the Sea-Based X-band (SBX) Radar

Sea-Based X-band (SBX) Radar is the tracking and discrimination radar used for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. SBX will consist of a large X-Band half-populated radar mounted on a modified fifth-generation semi-submersible platform with Battle Management Command Control and Communications, which includes In-flight Interceptor Communication System Data Terminals and associated communications; power generation; facility floor space; and infrastructure, similar to a fixed radar installation.

The SBX provides detailed ballistic missile tracking information to the GMD system, as well as advanced target and countermeasures discrimination capability for the GMD interceptor missiles. The ability of the SBX to deploy to operating locations under its own power allows it to support actual GMD operations as well as realistic testing.

. . .

The support vessel operations include operation the Motor/Vessel (M/V) Dove. The functions of the M/V Dove include: SBX maritime and mission equipment crew transport and transfer, fueling of the SBX, provision re-supply, transport and transfer of all equipment and hardware to and from the SBX, anchor handling, and when necessary, towing of the SBX. Logistical shore facilities are also required to support the SBX mission. There are two shore sites associated with the operations and support of the SBX: the Primary Support Base (PSB) located in Adak, Alaska (the home port for the SBX), and the Operational Support Site (OSS) located in Anchorage, Alaska. The PSB provides the functions of fuel coordination, environmental response capabilities, and is the shipping/receiving point for personnel and supplies to/from the SBX-1.

The presence of the M/V Dove is probably related to the fact that, as reader Render pointed out on a previous thread, the USS Port Royal is an element of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense component of our Ballistic Missile Defense System.

See also:
Ballistic Missile Defense

/anyway, if they can’t refloat the Port Royal, maybe they can turn her into a land based component of the missile defense system or, if all else fails, a maritime museum

UPDATE:

Navy to unload water, anchors to free stuck ship

The Navy plans to remove 800 tons of water from a warship that ran aground off the coast of Honolulu before again trying to free the ship.

The Navy hopes the lighter load will help it pull the USS Port Royal to safety. Several attempts to free the $1 billion cruiser have failed since it got stuck on a rock and sand shoal Thursday.

Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy commander, says the Navy will try again early Monday, at the next high tide.

The water the Navy plans to unload is seawater the Port Royal has taken on to replace the weight of burned fuel. It helps balance the ship. The Navy also plans to unload about 40 tons’ worth of anchors and anchor chains.

/if at first you don’t succeed . . .

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