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    Re: history Missouri
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2012 Aug 10, 17:37 -0700

    BUSS MISSOUR. BB-63. I read the article, and had some after thoughts, I wonder who wrote it?
    It is not as I remember it, and what I heard at the time. But I can’t dispute it. At the time I heard that the CO was playing games (racing a tanker class mate up the channel? To fast at the wrong place)
    ATF156 was in port, along –side pier at Newport RI... We got a quick call to head to Norfolk VA. To help pull the MO. Off the rocks.
    We were in Norfolk for about one week; we ran out of cigarettes, people were smoking coffee grounds.
    My ATF156 was pulling with other ATF’S (ATF are 50 man crew and ocean going that can tow a BB or CVA, Dry Docks, anything that floats across the OCEAN.) My ATF 156 broke a 2 inch cable; it came back like a rubber band to the fantail.
    Let me state a few things that the article, don’t make complete sense. The CO is always in charge a pilot
    is only advice, he may give orders to the helm under supervision of the ship’s crew. (CO, NAV. OOD)
    The BB CO. and story is hard to believe(it sounds like he was a bully, no fix all stop. I don’t believe the BB had a rule navigation radar only when only when requested? It was not then but today every third fix must be another source. Visual, Radar, Gps. So On & on. Any CO (CAPT.) will make ADM if he completes his tour on a major ship, BB CVA/S tanker, without a major incident. BB ran aground no ADM for him. I was on the Intrepid 5 years with 5 CO’s, 4 made ADM. The one who was CO and ran aground did not. The grounding was before I came aboard. I was asked by (HO.Navigation science DIV.) by Mr. Brown) what I could have done under the same circumstance to safely navigated up the channel to the pier. While on the Intrepid I developed and used two techniques still in the Radar Manual 1310. The "Franklin continuous Radar" and "Special Radar."
    USS Livermore. DD . Another Grounding I have paper on (somewhere) (is the USS Livermore, while making one of her training cruises. she ran aground off southern Cape Cod on 30 July 1949. The USS Luiseno ATF 156 pulls her off the rocks near Cape Cod MA.

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