June 8, 2012 |
A fire that severely damaged a nuclear submarine undergoing repairs at a Maine shipyard was apparently caused by an industrial vacuum cleaner that picked up a heat source and ignited some debris, the Navy said Friday. The vacuum, described as a typical tool found at industrial shops, did not have any defects, according to a preliminary report sent to reporters by email. The fire occurred aboard the Miami on May 23 as the craft was being worked on at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.
May 24, 2012 |
Seven people were injured while fighting a blaze aboard a nuclear-powered submarine being overhauled at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, Navy officials said Thursday. The fire aboard the USS Miami SSN 755 began at 5:41 p.m. Wednesday and was declared out at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, a base spokeswoman said by telephone. The cause of the fire is under investigation, she said. The shipyard remains open, according to a statement attributed to Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, commander of Submarine Group Two. Breckenridge briefed the media Thursday morning and said three shipyard firefighters, two civilian firefighters and two crew members sustained minor injuries in fighting the fire.
February 10, 2012 |
Achieving complete autonomy in future robotic submarines is crucial to the Navy's plans to use drone technology. This was the message of several speakers at the Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's robotic conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel who said that submarine drones could be useful in a variety of roles in science and national security. Unlike aerial drones, which are remotely controlled using GPS signals and data links, robotic submarines would not be able to receive satellite commands as they scour the ocean floor.
March 20, 2011 |
Sunday, I attempt my first marathon. I am 44 years old, a stay-at-home mom and in the thick of a midlife crisis. I guess I hoped that training to run 26.2 miles would turn me back into my more powerful former self. I have trained alone, working from Hal Higdon's "Marathon Training Guide," downloaded from the Internet. I have seen my endeavor as a test of my mind, my will and my vitality. One recent Sunday, I ran in Griffith Park. It was a 15-miler ? the most I had ever run in my life ?
June 11, 2009 |
A French nuclear submarine with advanced sonar equipment Wednesday began searching for the flight recorders of an Air France airliner that crashed into the Atlantic last week, the French military said. The Emeraude was sent to hunt for the voice and flight data recorders, which may help explain the disaster and are believed to be lying on the ocean floor.
March 21, 2009 |
A nuclear-powered Navy submarine collided with another U.S. warship in the narrow Strait of Hormuz early Friday in what officials are calling the first incident of its kind in the Persian Gulf. At least 15 sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine Hartford were slightly injured when it collided with the amphibious transport dock New Orleans, the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet announced. The Navy said the Hartford's nuclear propulsion plant was undamaged.