Last five posts from the CHAT-M-Room (Town Common) are:

Emily and Gordon, I also was in Vietnam in 1970 and flew out of Ton Son Nhut airfield a number of times.
Wayne <>
West Chatham, MA USA - Sat 06/24/2017 - 08:10:46
Richard Ryder.... Correction if I may.. I was 1 of 12 ground crew members assigned to AF1 for 12 and 1/2 years of my 20 year career as an FAA certified A & P Technician.. S.O.A.P. stands for ( Spectrometric Oil Analysis Program )
Gordon PRATT
USA - Fri 06/23/2017 - 21:53:31
A few days back I was wondering how the M/V Iyanough could have been so far off course and what happened? But now see that the USS Fitzgerald could be a far more reaching story and the "Hyannis Story" something proportionaly super minor, considering the NTSB dropped the subject.

No one seems to be disclosing the ultimate destination of the ACX Crystal. And this story about the time of the incident? And how could a Navy destroyer in this day in age, not able to see the Crystal? An unofficial comment-"the USS Fitzgerald had the kind of radar that could detect a flapping fish in the water from 5 miles out." Outside investigative officials suggesting that the Fitzgerald, could it have been dead in the water? What about the circling back of Crystal, 39.5 MT ship that can travel at 15.8 knts? Could the Crystal actually trying to hit the Fitzgerald? Could it have been a case that the OD and all the ships Navigational aids/personnel were neutralized- seems very far out there? Even if a jamming effort were conducted, based on your own accounts, how could this happen?

And the men that died, did they die instantly or were they left behind due to hatches being closed down in order to save the ship? Whatever the case, may their souls rest in peace.

I hope there is nothing out of the ordinary that happened here, but whole incident has been rather weirdly handled news releases.

Alan Wirsul
USA - Fri 06/23/2017 - 21:23:54
Ahh the Aussie navy pilots and officers clubs (as in any bar or officers club) were made for one another - "Wherefore art thou, Moriarty" was a favorite game for the uninitated - the Aussie Commanding Officer would lie face down on the floor with a rolled up newspaper in his right hand while the USN Commanding Officer assumed the same position opposite also with a rolled up newspaper - Both would then be blindfolded and with both squadrons cheering and many side bets (the Aussies loved to bet) the Admiral who was referee said "Let the games begin" - the USN CO would then say "Wherefore Art Thou Moriarty" and the Aussie CO would answer "Here, Sir" - Based only upon where he thought the location of his voice (because he was blindfolded), the USN CO got to take a tremendous swat with the newspaper but of course missed (see following for reason) - then it was the Aussie CO's's turn - Well the Aussies had bribed the Admiral so their CO took off his blindfold which made the USN CO "easy pickings" - He was whacked viciously several times with that rolled up newspaper before he finally figured out he had been duped - two of those crazy aussies were in my wedding in Middlebury Vermont and managed to get in the belfry and ring the town bell at midnight which almost caused an international incident - we also trained the Canadian navy pilots who tried hard but couldn't measure up to those aussies
Ben H
USA - Fri 06/23/2017 - 20:50:36
forgot to add - doors locked open and we were only fastened in with a lanyard. Great fun.
USA - Fri 06/23/2017 - 20:25:37