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    US Navy Commander Relieved After LCS Hits a Cargo Ship in Canada

    AW1Ed | July 4, 2019

    The future littoral combat ship USS Billings (LCS 15) conducts acceptance trials on Lake Michigan, Dec. 6, 2018. (U.S. Navy/Lockheed Martin)

    Littoral Combat Ship USS Billings (LCS-15) is pier-side in Montreal undergoing repairs after making contact with a merchant ship on Friday.

    The Freedom-class LCS, delivered to the Navy in February, was leaving its slip when it collided with the bulk carrier Rosaire Desgagnes.

    The LCS was under the assistance of two tugs when the starboard side of the warship made contact with the port side of the carrier that was moored at the pier, the Navy said in a Wednesday statement.

    “Video from the scene shows that Billings was stemming a strong current, and the direction of her exhaust stream suggests that the wind would have tended to set her towards shore,” read a report in The Maritime Executive.

    By Gina Harkins

    The commanding officer of a precommissioned littoral combat ship has been removed from his job after the vessel hit another ship in Canada last month.

    Cmdr. Michael Johnson, commanding officer of the future littoral combat ship Billings’ blue crew, was relieved of command on Friday, Navy officials announced. The decision was made by Capt. Shawn Johnston, the head of Littoral Combat Ship Squadron Two, after the Billings struck the Canadian cargo ship Rosaire Desgagnes June 21.

    Officials with Naval Surface Force Atlantic could not immediately be reached for comment about Johnson’s relief. Witnesses told First Coast News the future LCS somehow lost control after the lines from tugboats assisting it were let go when it was leaving the dock in the St. Lawrence River.

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    The saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time. — JUSTICE GEORGE SUTHERLAND (1938)

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    the Commander was relieved by a Captain
    :eyesgoingroundandroundineyesocketswhilespinnerspi nsontopofbeenie:

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    sounds like that ship is a jinx on commanders...

    they should hold a "one potato, two potato" match to see who loses...
    Last edited by Rutabaga; 07-04-2019 at 04:46 PM.
    "The nose, knows"

    @Auntifa,,,when the shooting starts, don't run, you'll only die tired...


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    I saw the video on this and I have more questions than opinions.

    1. Did the bridge to engineering (Main Control) have a break down in comm's?

    2. Aft Steering breakdown?

    3. Miscommunication?

    4. Was there a harbor pilot on board?

    5. Why did they break away from the tug until they were safely out in the channel?

    6. Did the helmsman understand the rudder commands from who ever was in control of the bridge?

    7. Did the bridge have engine control of the engines.......or "main control" down in the engineering spaces have it?

    Very strange!

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