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Kevin Whitney SM2
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4/21/2003
18:22:11
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Anyone out there remember the bump King had with the Charleston. I was onboard at the time but can't remember alot of the details, like the date, the port we went to for repairs, and if we got back under our own power or if we were towed. Didn't one of the other ships in the battle group tow us in? If someone can remember anything more about it than me leave a post. Thanks.


LCDR David Moretz
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5/26/2003
18:37:13
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SM2,
I was on the forward refueling station and remember it well. I think I could have jumped onto the CHARLESTON's forecastle. However, we did not hit up forward and we did not lose power. We closed rapidly up forward and then the closure stopped. We then began to separate rapidly - up forward anyway. We bumped back aft by the liferafts. Two were knocked off their racks and inflated. CHARLESTON picked them up for us. We did not have any significant structural damage and made repairs in Norfolk. As we separated I recall LTJG Fries cutting the fuel hose. We were using a Robb coupling I believe and not a probe and did not have time to even attempt to unrig the station. The long link had already broken off the side of the superstructure and the lines had parted. All that remained connected was the hose. As he cut the hose it ripped apart and shot across the water like a rubber band and slammed into the side of the CHARLESTON. I don't believe it hit the water before reaching the CHARLESTON. I don't remember the date, but I think it was early 1989 around Feb/Mar/Apr.


Sean Sweeney, ITCS
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6/05/2003
11:20:29
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Kevin,

I was locked down in Ops berthing with RM1 Collins and RMSR Crooke. Remember calling up to radio and talking to RMCS Mangana and asking what was going on. He said we collided with the Charleston and wanted to know where we were. When we said Ops berthing he asked if there was any flooding.... My comment, do you hear any screaming. Not sure the exact date, but it was right after I got married in April 1989. I know it was on a Sunday, because I thought it was odd that we would hold a GQ on a Sunday. Best guess is it was Apr 23, 1989 (in fact almost positive). Hey and at least my life raft #17 inflated.




Mark Donovan FC1
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6/05/2003
12:35:04
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I was in the 55B control room and heard something I couldn't understand on the 1MC. Went out into the pasageway and asked FC3 Joe Hawkins what was going on. He opened the wtd to the starboard side 01 level and all we saw was a wall of gray. Joe promptly slammed the door shut, looked at me and said "Brace for shock!" (with a bit of a grin on his face I might add). It was less than 2 seconds after that that we hit. It wasn't hard enough to knock me off my feet, but it was a bit of a jolt. I do remember a bit of concern at first about the starboard side Harpoon cannisters, but they were fine. Had we been rolling hard to starboard when we hit, that could have been a serious problem.


Rob Pendt
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6/02/2005
05:50:06
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As I recall, we had only recently celebrated 100 refuellings with no incidents, and this was the 101st. Interesting how fate steps in when least expected.


Tom Gordon
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11/15/2005
12:21:14
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I had forgotten about that. It's great to see some of the names that made King great. I wonder if Dave Moretz still has a certain extreme weather suit that happened upon him.....Fries was in the wrong branch. He had the metality of a marine through and through.....


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