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RAF save tug crew, Fleet stands by

#6
That article says the both Navy ships "sent sailors across in their sea boats, with one team boarding the tug to pump water and the other tasked with finding the gash in the Christos XXII"

Good to see the Senior Service have their priorities right!
 
#8
Bloody good effort, especially in the knowledge that, depending on the success of their efforts, the ship surrounding them could capsize and plunge to the seabed at any moment, taking them with it.
 

seaweed

LE
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#10
Bloody good effort, especially in the knowledge that, depending on the success of their efforts, the ship surrounding them could capsize and plunge to the seabed at any moment, taking them with it.
Yet another example of why 'the dangers of the sea' come before 'the violence of the enemy' in the naval prayer.
 
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cloudbuster

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#11
Dunservin said:
Bloody good effort, especially in the knowledge that, depending on the success of their efforts, the ship surrounding them could capsize and plunge to the seabed at any moment, taking them with it.
So this tug had absolutely no reserve buoyancy at all due to all of its watertight integrity being compromised?
 

TheIronDuke

ADC
Book Reviewer
#12
Being struck by the vessel you're towing in the circumstances described takes a special breed of stupidity.
Not necessarily. But when the tower (SP?) is a ****-off ocean going tug and the towee (SP?) is an empty barge with no motive power, questions must be asked. Like was the tower (SP?) on drugs? Or has the ex Captain of HMS Astute got a new job?

Thankfully for the reputation of British naval power it did not happen anywhere 100 miles past Dorset.
 
#16
Evidently "Emsstrom" is German for "Disco Volante".

Not wanting to put words into the mouths of the Board of Enquiry, but the big green one looks as though it was a bit short on ballast.

Yes, I know "Emsstrom" is German for "Power of the (River) Ems"
 
#19
Bloody good effort, especially in the knowledge that, depending on the success of their efforts, the ship surrounding them could capsize and plunge to the seabed at any moment, taking them with it.
So this tug had absolutely no reserve buoyancy at all due to all of its watertight integrity being compromised?
With all pumps (including the extra ones embarked) reportedly working to full capacity, the tug probably had at least as much reserve buoyancy as the ship it was towing.

So that's all right then. =|
 

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