Monday, February 09, 2009

Those Are Some Porky Sailors

The skipper of the USS Port Royal (CG-73) has been relieved of command after grounding his ship.

That's the Navy way. What was funny to me, though, was a description of how they re-floated the ship to get it off the sandbank:

After three days of rolling in the Pacific surf as a collection of salvage ships attempted to pull it free, the Port Royal was finally floated loose early Monday. Engineers emptied the ship’s saltwater tanks, jettisoned its anchors and anchor chains, and took off more than 100 sailors, lightening it by about 600 tons, according to Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. Scott Gureck.

Sounds like those sailors need to push away from the mess tables, if you ask me.

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