Navy 1, Satellite 0

Navy 1, Satellite 0

Joined: December 9th, 2004, 6:55 am

February 21st, 2008, 8:11 am #1

It appears that the USS Lake Erie has successfully "neutralized" the aggressor satellite late Wednesday. The scuttlebutt has it that the LST 325 aft dual Bofors guns with the Mk51 Director was the backup option in the event that the modern Navy failed and the satellite made it to the 20,000 ft level. At 17,000 mph it would have been a challenge (especially with the lunar eclipse) but that's what we train for. As of 0415 ZULU 210208 all gunnery crews were disbanded and sent home.
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Joined: January 17th, 2006, 3:42 am

February 21st, 2008, 1:17 pm #2

With an object traveling 17,000 mph, the thing would hit before the human brain would instruct the shooter to push the foot pedal to fire the guns. (LST 325 guns)

It was a nice shot though.

LH
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Joined: October 10th, 2005, 8:42 pm

February 21st, 2008, 10:36 pm #3

With Bob in the director tub, Pete and Ray on the twin 40's we were ready.
We would have shot it down first, but didn't want to take the glory away from the missle guys.


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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

February 21st, 2008, 11:01 pm #4

you took into account the angle, speeds, trajectory, climatology (and all that good stuff) so that you were ready as a backup! One thing I've learned is that Sailors never give up!

BZ AND GO NAVY!
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Joined: June 27th, 2005, 1:26 am

February 22nd, 2008, 12:23 am #5

It appears that the USS Lake Erie has successfully "neutralized" the aggressor satellite late Wednesday. The scuttlebutt has it that the LST 325 aft dual Bofors guns with the Mk51 Director was the backup option in the event that the modern Navy failed and the satellite made it to the 20,000 ft level. At 17,000 mph it would have been a challenge (especially with the lunar eclipse) but that's what we train for. As of 0415 ZULU 210208 all gunnery crews were disbanded and sent home.
the LST did volunteer for Iraq & Katrina if she could be used. Perhaps someone can shed more light on that. I'm sure if there's anything that she can do or be a back up for --- she'll be full speed ahead to help. (So,it wouldn't surprise me she was ready to fire if the young guys didn't get it done!) Makes you feel proud of the Navy (as well as all our service men) to know the Navy got it done!
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Joined: September 24th, 2003, 4:45 am

February 22nd, 2008, 4:28 am #6

you took into account the angle, speeds, trajectory, climatology (and all that good stuff) so that you were ready as a backup! One thing I've learned is that Sailors never give up!

BZ AND GO NAVY!
Seabat, the Navy always includes all those elements, and the pitch and roll of the ship into every shot with accurate results. Marines have a low tolerance for error when they are calling for Naval Gun support, and let you know right away if you aren't dialed in on the first shot.
I wasn't surprised they got it on the first shot. I figured they had improved some from when I was in. Once I asked a chief if they could hit the lead plane in a group at a distance of "classified" and traveling at a speed of "classified"? He just smiled and said, "Which rivet?"
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

February 22nd, 2008, 6:03 pm #7

of the Navy's "Can Do" attitude, Corpsman! Your story made me laugh... But I can just see a Navy Chief standing there with a glint in his eye, fists on his hips, wide stance, taking on the challenge....

What's new with the VietVets organization?

Hope that you and some of the others might join us during LST Week....
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Joined: November 20th, 2004, 5:02 pm

February 22nd, 2008, 9:48 pm #8

the LST did volunteer for Iraq & Katrina if she could be used. Perhaps someone can shed more light on that. I'm sure if there's anything that she can do or be a back up for --- she'll be full speed ahead to help. (So,it wouldn't surprise me she was ready to fire if the young guys didn't get it done!) Makes you feel proud of the Navy (as well as all our service men) to know the Navy got it done!
Someone on the Gold crew suggested it be of assistance inb the Katrina incident, but it was never officially offered there or for the Gulf Wars.
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However, the following LST's did give support in the Gulf Wars.
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SPARTANBURG COUNTY LST-1192 03 SEP - 23 MAR
SCHENECTADY County LST-1185 09 SEP - 10 OCT
SAN BERNADINO County LST-1189 09 SEP - 13 OCT
SAGINAW County LST-1188 06 SEP - 23 MAR
PEORIA County LST-1183 12 JAN - TBD
MANITOWAC County LST-1180 08 SEP - 23 MAR
LA MOURE COUNTY LST-1194 08 SEP - 14 MAR
FREDERICK LST-1184 12 JAN - TBD
CAYUGA County LST-1186 05 SEP - 08 NOV
BARBOUR COUNTY LST-1195 12 JAN - TBD
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Joined: March 19th, 2006, 12:13 am

February 22nd, 2008, 10:38 pm #9

It appears that the USS Lake Erie has successfully "neutralized" the aggressor satellite late Wednesday. The scuttlebutt has it that the LST 325 aft dual Bofors guns with the Mk51 Director was the backup option in the event that the modern Navy failed and the satellite made it to the 20,000 ft level. At 17,000 mph it would have been a challenge (especially with the lunar eclipse) but that's what we train for. As of 0415 ZULU 210208 all gunnery crews were disbanded and sent home.
...Chris might obliterate it with the flamethrower LOL!
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Joined: January 17th, 2006, 3:42 am

February 23rd, 2008, 3:29 am #10

Someone on the Gold crew suggested it be of assistance inb the Katrina incident, but it was never officially offered there or for the Gulf Wars.
.
However, the following LST's did give support in the Gulf Wars.
.
SPARTANBURG COUNTY LST-1192 03 SEP - 23 MAR
SCHENECTADY County LST-1185 09 SEP - 10 OCT
SAN BERNADINO County LST-1189 09 SEP - 13 OCT
SAGINAW County LST-1188 06 SEP - 23 MAR
PEORIA County LST-1183 12 JAN - TBD
MANITOWAC County LST-1180 08 SEP - 23 MAR
LA MOURE COUNTY LST-1194 08 SEP - 14 MAR
FREDERICK LST-1184 12 JAN - TBD
CAYUGA County LST-1186 05 SEP - 08 NOV
BARBOUR COUNTY LST-1195 12 JAN - TBD
The majority, if not all, of the LST's you mentioned are of the Newport Class. Somewhat larger, 522 ft long, 69ft wide. Most were built in the 70's.

None the less, still LST"s

Larry
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