January 31, 2005

USS San Francisco and her valiant crew

If you've been visiting Rocket Jones for a while you already know that my son is home after serving in the US Navy. You also know that he was a crewman on an attack sub, the USS Philadelphia.

That boat is the sister ship to the USS San Francisco, which just had the high-speed run-in with an uncharted underwater mountain. The crew performed bravely and heroically and managed to save their boat. That scenario was my worst nightmare as a parent, and I'm thankful that the accident wasn't worse.

A.E. Brain has been keeping up with this, with pictures and news, both before and after. Plenty of links too. Please, follow those links and be horrified at the damage sustained and be amazed at the ability of the crew to maintain and make it home again.

The training and professionalism of the US military is second to none, although we tend to hear most often of the Army and Marines. The tsunami-relief efforts of our carrier groups got some attention lately, but the actions of the crew on board the San Francisco demonstrates that the Navy, like the other branches of our armed forces, are second to none.

Posted by: Ted at 12:01 PM | category: Military
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1 Man alive.

I keep having visions of the sub going down in "The Abyss".

What a crew. Heroes, all of 'em.

Posted by: Keith at January 31, 2005 01:40 PM (jbvVc)

2 My ex was a nuke MM on two different boats. I've heard a lot of stories. Never have I felt quite a shudder as I did looking at that picture.

Posted by: Catt at January 31, 2005 03:50 PM (dcRky)

3 I salute your son's service---and am relieved that he is safe.

Posted by: david at February 05, 2005 03:14 AM (ZVhuO)

4 Thanks David. We're proud of him.

Posted by: Ted at February 06, 2005 08:46 PM (ZjSa7)

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