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Gravely's mast breaks off

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Some trouble over the weekend for USS Gravely. The website Defense News says the Navy confirms the topmast of the destroyer broke off Sunday.

The ship, which was commissioned last fall in Wilmington, was on maneuvers off the coast of Florida when it happened. A navy spokeswoman told the site the crew secured the damaged antenna and returned to port yesterday morning.

A photo from the website http://www.coltoncompany.com/ (right) shows a clean break. The site also reports a crew from the Discovery Channel was onboard shooting for an upcoming TV show.

There's no word on what caused the mast to break. No one was hurt.

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all I can do is laugh

and say "karma's a b!tch". LOL Maybe Louise McColl can fix it.

Seriously?????!!!!!!!

It would not have broken if I had welded it!!!!!!!!

Quality made in USA. Should

Quality made in USA. Should have paid Japan to build it right the first time. What if this had happened at a critical time? A useless hulk dead in the water that cost the taxpayers countless dollars.

You have got to be kidding

The mast broke, thats it, besides one could say if it was built in Japan, it would be recalled for accelerator problems.

Ubi dubium ibi libertas

Oh please!

A "useless hulk dead in the water?" Because her mast broke?

Do you think her engines were knocked out? The Aegis system went down? Her weapons could not be fired or launched?

How good would this ship be if one carefully placed round could make her a useless hulk dead in the water? Do you think this is a square rigger? Take out the mast and Captain Hornblower can't maneuver?

Ever heard of damage control? Let me give you a clue - while underway, sailors LIVE damage control. It's the reason they were born. The reason men and women can co-exist aboard ship is because none of them are interested in sex - they're more interested in damage control and getting their SW certification. I can assure you that they have enough spare antennas, coax, connectors, and tie-wraps on board to hang replacement antennas on evey open inch of the weather decks if needed.

A critical weld failed. Of far greater concern was the personnel who could have been killed if this thing came down with no warning.

This one gets fixed, they inspect others, it really IS no big deal as far as combat readiness.

Maybe our NHC comissioners

can give Louise McColl 25K to help repair it and then throw another party at our expense, and then forget how it was spent.

BIW

Best built are Bath Built

Broken mast

Probably made of recyciled beer cans.