Hope the rest of the guys make a speedy recovery…
Sailor Dies Following Submarine Mishap
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2005 -- A crew member died today aboard the Los Angeles- class submarine USS San Francisco as a result of injuries sustained when the sub ran aground Jan. 7 south of Guam, U.S. Pacific Fleet officials announced.
The sailor's name has not yet been released.
Navy medical personnel were rushed to the scene and came aboard the submarine at the first opportunity this morning, but were unable to save the sailor, officials said. The medical personnel, including a doctor, remain aboard and are treating 23 other crew members for a range of injuries including broken bones, lacerations, bruises and a back injury.
Meanwhile, the submarine remains on the water's surface and is continuing toward its home port in Guam, escorted by the Coast Guard cutter Galveston Island and U.S. Navy support ship USNS Stockham. The submarine is expected to arrive in port during the afternoon of Jan. 10. Ammunition ship USNS Kiska and military aircraft are also continuing to assist as required, officials said.
The Guam-based attack submarine, with 137 crew aboard, ran aground Jan. 7 while conducting submerged operations, according to Alyssa Batarla, a spokesperson for U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The vessel was en route to Brisbane, Australia, for a routine port visit when the incident occurred, Batarla reported.
U.S. Pacific Fleet
Must have been him.
Joseph Ashley, 24,
Posted on Sun, Jan. 09, 2005
Manchester sailor hurt in sub crash
Joseph Ashley, 24, critically injured after vessel runs aground. 19 others are hurt
By Doug Oplinger
A Manchester man was critically injured when the attack submarine USS San Francisco ran aground about 350 miles from its home port of Guam.
Joseph Ashley, 24, a 1999 graduate of Manchester High School, was among 20 sailors who were hurt in the accident, his father, Dan Ashley, said Saturday.
The parents were notified by the Navy early Saturday morning that their son was the most seriously injured. He suffered severe head injuries, and was unconscious but breathing on his own, Dan Ashley said.
Later in the day, the parents were told that an amphibious plane had landed alongside the nuclear-powered vessel and was preparing to transport their son to a hospital in Okinawa, Japan.
Dan Ashley said the Navy had arranged for both parents to fly to Okinawa today.
Joseph Ashley, a machinist mate 2nd class, has been in the Navy about four years and recently re-enlisted, his father said. He has been on the USS San Francisco for more than two years.
In high school, Joseph was a drummer in the Manchester High School marching band and active in Boy Scouts, his father said.
A younger brother is in the Army and scheduled to serve in Kuwait later this year, Dan Ashley said.
The Navy said there were no reports of damage to the USS San Francisco's reactor plant, which was operating normally, according to the Associated Press.
The 360-foot submarine was headed back to its home port in Guam, and the Friday afternoon incident was under investigation, said Jon Yoshishige, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He said there was no information yet on what the submarine struck.
The sub has a crew of 137, officials said.
Guam is a U.S. territory about 3,700 miles southwest of Hawaii.
I can't wait to see the after-action report for this (IF they release it, of course).
I can only think the sub was going full-til boogie and came to an amazingly quick stop.
Dangerous business, submarines. It's a wonder more accidents don't happen. Speaks volumes for how good we've gotten at it.
Looks that way… easy to do in Micronesia though.. We ran one of ours into the sea bed off Scotland last year…