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A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571
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crystal
Posted 2008-05-29 7:12 PM (#16279)


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Subject: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

From dantini: This is what happened when the Nautilus got too close to the USS Essex during some war games in 1968.  I never heard anything about it.  1968 was when the Scorpion went down and that may have something to do with the lack of information.  It looks like we came very close to loosing two Nuclear Subs that year.  This picture came to me from an Essex crew member.





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Darrin
Posted 2008-05-29 7:31 PM (#16281 - in reply to #16279)


Great Sage of the Sea

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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Copied from navytogetherweserved on the submarine part of the bbs...
From ETC(SS) Rick Turner:

Well, I was on board Nautilus when the collision occurred. Fact is Nautilus was participating in "war games" with Essex, a DD, and an AO. Nautilus found the three ships refueling and commenced "attack" firing red pyro. We dove and turned left while Essex broke off refueling from the starboard side of the AO. An officer on Nautilus wanted a picture from the scope and urged the CO to come to periscope depth. Sonar missed the on-rushing Essex as we approached periscope depth. CO raised the scope and all he saw was Essex bearing down on us. CRUNCH!! We healed over on our side but quickly righted. No one was hurt. Essex sonar reported a scrapping sound.

The black and white photo is new to me - must have been taken from helo from Essex. The color shots were taken by a crew member for personal use but they were distributed to some of the crew. CO wanted all metal hanging over the port side to be cut off so that we had a better appearance when we pulled into Sub Base. The torcher was a MMC (can't remember his name) - the PO2 is Bill Putt.

The CO was relieved of command after board of inquiry.

Now I do have MORE pics of her damage but I have no clue as how to post them here
Darrin
Darrin
Posted 2008-05-29 7:39 PM (#16282 - in reply to #16279)


Great Sage of the Sea

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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Chief Clear if you would please check your webmaster acct for the pics, for i am not qualified to post pics here or on anyother bbs.

Darrin
crystal
Posted 2008-05-29 9:29 PM (#16288 - in reply to #16279)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Here's Darrin's other pictures - pretty telling I might say!



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snakeyez
Posted 2008-05-29 9:40 PM (#16289 - in reply to #16279)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Looks like a candy bar someone took a bite out of!
Gil
Posted 2008-05-29 10:19 PM (#16290 - in reply to #16279)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Darrin,

Thanks so much for sharing that info with us!!!!

PaulR
Posted 2008-05-30 4:28 AM (#16293 - in reply to #16279)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

crystal - 2008-05-29 10:12 PMFrom dantini: This is what happened when the Nautilus got too close to the USS Essex during some war games in 1968. I never heard anything about it. 1968 was when the Scorpion went down and that may have something to do with the lack of information. It looks like we came very close to loosing two Nuclear Subs that year. This picture came to me from an Essex crew member.



I was serving on Sea Robin when Nautilus came and tied up at Sub Base looking like that.
I walked over to the pier to get a closer look at the damage.

It WAS NOT 1968, rather closer to 1966-67 that this happened. I was discharged in Aug 1967.


AMMENDMENT:  From Nautilus web site...accident occurred November 11, 1966.

Edited by PaulR 2008-05-30 5:08 AM
GaryKC
Posted 2008-05-30 5:17 AM (#16294 - in reply to #16279)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

This shows CO's dates of service from a Nautilus website.

CDR Francis C. FogartyOct. 1963 - April 1967
CDR Norman E. Griggs

April 1967 - January 1970

Good job Paul, I was looking for the correct date too.



Edited by GaryKC 2008-05-30 5:20 AM
Frank
Posted 2008-05-30 5:51 AM (#16296 - in reply to #16279)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

I was on Piper when she came in and we went to Boston for the weekend, Essex was in dry dock with a 30 plus foot hole on her port side forward, about 40 ft. from her bow Nautilus came close to a major hit.
Flapper
Posted 2008-05-30 11:34 AM (#16300 - in reply to #16296)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Frank - 2008-05-30 6:51 AMI was on Piper when she came in and we went to Boston for the weekend, Essex was in dry dock with a 30 plus foot hole on her port side forward, about 40 ft. from her bow Nautilus came close to a major hit.

Based on that observation, plus all the pics posted thus far, it's simply luck that Nautilus' entire sail wasn't decapitated. I'm betting her skipper had literal black eye (in addition to the black smudge on his record) if he observing Essex's approach when the collision occured.

I can remember hearing many a time the old saw, 'A collision at sea can ruin your whole day.' It's the truth. BTDT
Darrin
Posted 2008-05-30 1:41 PM (#16302 - in reply to #16279)


Great Sage of the Sea

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Location: Belleview, Fl
Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Your welcome for the pics, I was shocked and horrified when I saw them on another bbs: www.navytogetherweserved and if you would like an invite to it I will be more then happy to send you an invitation and they have one hell of a data base of shipmates, I have run into a number of mine on there that I haven't seen or heard from in years.

Darrin
SOB490
Posted 2008-05-31 6:47 PM (#16345 - in reply to #16294)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

If the posted dates are correct, Frank Fogarty was the CO at the time. I served with Frank in the Pentagon afterwards and recall that he made captain before he retired.

He was in OP-31 and I was in OP-92 and we worked together quite closely for about 2 years. I knew that he had a CO tour in NAUTILUS but don't recall hearing about this particular incident from him or anyone else.

I clearly remember another very serious incident involving NAUTILUS in late 68/early 69 timeframe and had to carry flash messages up to the VCNO who was ADM Horatio Rivero at the time. The incident I'm recalling did not include a US CVA, however ...

My point is that one doesn't get relieved of command and then make that 4th gold stripe very often - if at all -- I have to wonder whether the timing for this incident is correct in the posts??? Is there any chance it was in late 62/early 63 instead? Or perhaps after Frank's successor was in command - which would track a bit closer to my recollection of the "other" incident.

Edited by SOB490 2008-05-31 6:57 PM
John Bay
Posted 2008-06-01 4:48 AM (#16356 - in reply to #16345)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Nope- 68-69 time frame.
PaulR
Posted 2008-06-01 6:11 AM (#16358 - in reply to #16356)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

John Bay - 2008-06-01 7:48 AMNope- 68-69 time frame.


John, I got out in Aug of 1967 and during my time on Sea Robin I watched Nautilus tie up and I walked over to the pier for a closer look at her.  Later they draped tarps over her sail.

68-69 in not correct.  I'll stand by my post that 11NOV 1966 is the correct date of the incident.
PaulR
Posted 2008-06-01 6:18 AM (#16359 - in reply to #16345)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Bill, I have no idea who was CO at the time, but I was pretty sure of the timeframe of the incident and then located this site which put a date on it. There is noting there about a later incident in 1968...maybe classified???

As for it being late 62-early 63, no.  I did not report to Sea Robin until 23NOV 1963.




Edited by PaulR 2008-06-01 6:22 AM
SOB490
Posted 2008-06-01 2:15 PM (#16382 - in reply to #16279)


Old Salt

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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

>>>There is noting there about a later incident in 1968...maybe classified???

It sure was at the time - so now everyone can pretty well figure out what happened. It was one of "those messages" that had to be hand-carried, delivered in-person, and then wait while it was read - no in/out box treatment, even for the VCNO.

Probably different incidents, but I'm still at a loss over Frank Fogarty making captain -- It had to be the CO on either side of him for the incident that the posts/photos involve.
John Bay
Posted 2008-06-01 3:13 PM (#16384 - in reply to #16358)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

PaulR - 2008-06-01 7:11 AM

John Bay - 2008-06-01 7:48 AMNope- 68-69 time frame.


John, I got out in Aug of 1967 and during my time on Sea Robin I watched Nautilus tie up and I walked over to the pier for a closer look at her.  Later they draped tarps over her sail.

68-69 in not correct.  I'll stand by my post that 11NOV 1966 is the correct date of the incident.


Yep. I misread your post. I was there in '66-67 so it probably was.

Edited by John Bay 2008-06-01 3:14 PM
Thomas Courtien
Posted 2008-06-01 5:38 PM (#16390 - in reply to #16279)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Very interesting thread. This is really sub related.
Bear
Posted 2008-06-02 7:04 AM (#16406 - in reply to #16279)


Great Sage of the Sea

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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

first  things in a goggle search using Nasutilus Essex Collison

 It was on the 1966 Bermuda trip that we got involved in a life changing event for most of us. During a "war game", the Nautilus was run over by the aircraft carrier USS Essex. It was not fun! (Click here to see some photos) The Owl cartoon was born. His first appearance as a cartoon was taking booze intravenously after the collision. After we limped back to New London, we reacquired the owl and returned him to his spot in Maneuvering. He was a veteran of a patrol and a shipmate. Needless to say, the Owl was the mascot of the electricians.

November 11, 1966350 miles east of Morehead City, NCUSS NAUTILUS (SSN 571) collides with the USS ESSEX while running submerged during underway replenishment exercises. Both ships return to port unassisted. The submarine receives extensive damage to its sail area and goes to New London, CT. The ESSEX sustains an open hull cut in the bow area and proceeds to Norfolk, Va.

http://www.navysite.de/index.htm   good place to find lots of things about each ship

CDR Francis C. FogartyOct. 1963 - April 1967



Edited by Bear 2008-06-02 7:39 AM
weaverg39
Posted 2011-11-16 6:02 PM (#52356 - in reply to #16279)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

I served on Nautilus from March, 1963 until April 3, 1967. the collision with Essex occurred in early November, 1966. The exact date was probaby a day or two earlier than Nov 11, 1966. The crew of the Nautilus was at battle stations when the collision occurred. I was the diving officer at the time of the collision.

The circumstances of the collision are as follows; We were conducting war games with an ASW TASK FORCE consisting of Essex, other surface ships and ASW Aircraft. We went to balttle stations about 0700. we had conducted two or three exercises and had successfully "sunk" the Essex suring these exercises. Essex requested one last run before we broke off the exercises and headed home.

We started a submerged run against Essex by going deep and running parallel to what we had calculated as Essex's coarse so we would be forward of Essex and have a simple beam shot at Essex. We came to periscope depth and discovered that Essex was much closer than we had anticipated. Frank Fogarty immediately ordered "flood Negative, full dive". His quick action and the fact we had a negative tank probably saved the ship.

The board of inquiry found no one, including CDR Fogarty, at fault. CDR Fogarty continued as commanding officer until he was relieved of duty in a formal change of command ceremony on April 3, 1967. Commanding Officers who are relieved for cause are anot relieved of command at formal change of command ceremonies. coincidentially, I left the Nautilus on the same day, April 3, 1967, as CDR Fogarty. I was released from active duty on April 5, 1967.

Lt. Gene Weaver
JohnBay
Posted 2011-11-17 2:34 AM (#52357 - in reply to #16358)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

PaulR - 2008-06-01 9:11 AM

John Bay - 2008-06-01 7:48 AMNope- 68-69 time frame.


John, I got out in Aug of 1967 and during my time on Sea Robin I watched Nautilus tie up and I walked over to the pier for a closer look at her.  Later they draped tarps over her sail.

68-69 in not correct.  I'll stand by my post that 11NOV 1966 is the correct date of the incident.


I now concur. I think I was in sub school when it happened, which would have put it late 66.
kenpag
Posted 2011-11-30 8:01 AM (#52652 - in reply to #16279)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

I was aboard the USS Salamonie AO26 when this happended, I was on deck on phone with Essex when breakaway was ordered . Quite the exciting day I must say!
This is from the official history of the USS Salamonie AO 26:
During a refueling on 10 November there were a few tense moments while refueling the aircraft carrier USS ESSEX CVS-9. The submarine USS NAUTILUS SSN-571 collided with the keel of the carrier. An emergency breakaway was immediately initiated. After the ships had safely cleared each other, it was determined that there had been no one seriously injured.
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Edited by kenpag 2011-11-30 8:22 AM
kenpag
Posted 2011-11-30 8:03 AM (#52653 - in reply to #16279)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

http://salamonie.homestead.com/DetailedHistory.html
Ric
Posted 2011-11-30 10:36 AM (#52656 - in reply to #52653)


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I would like to Welcome these two new posters to the board. I'm glad you a re taking the time to read the archive of this insane asylum.
Holland Club
Posted 2011-11-30 6:04 PM (#52667 - in reply to #52653)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Super cool, Ken

I can slightly link with the narrative. We also had tender availability at USS Vulcan (AR-5) in Newport during 52-3. Of course being a oil burner, USS Thuban (AKA-190 was fueled more than once at sea by an AO. Don't particularly remember AO-26 but maybe.
Thanks for a great URL.
And welcome aboard.
Ron
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