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Old 12-20-2006, 10:01 AM
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Hard to believe it only takes two Harpoon Anti-Ship missles to sink a 30 year old 563' Destroyer




"The destroyer Spruance, lead ship of its 31-ship class, was sunk by two aircraft-borne missiles in a training exercise this month off the Virginia Capes, the Navy acknowledged Tuesday.

The Navy used an F/A-18F Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing 8 and a P-3 Orion patrol plane from Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 5 to fell the 31-year-old ship.

Both planes fired a single 14-foot-long, 1,390-pound Harpoon anti-ship missile at the Spruance, the Navy said. Weather prevented a more robust attack, officials said"
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:14 AM
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With all the hatches open, one would have probably done it. See the remark about " Weather prevented a more robust attack?" I bet they had more people in line for the practice session.
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:52 AM
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Well, another way to look at it is that the Harpoon was designed to do just that.

215 lbs of explosive, plus remaining jet fuel, triggered by a delayed contact detonator, with a targeting profile for a waterline strike.

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The eplosives used today on these missiles and bombs is amazing. Remember the Exocet that was so popular in the 80's? They are not in the same league as what the new antiship weaponry can do.

It is pretty amazing that a ship that can sail anywhere in the world and command such a presence is brought to its knees with just one direct hit and sunk with two!
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It would be cool if I could call in an air strike on the high way some times.

Just to get rid of the ME OFFS.


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Old 12-21-2006, 06:50 AM
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welder - 12/21/2006 12:21 AM



It would be cool if I could call in an air strike on the high way some times.

Just to get rid of the ME OFFS.


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ReelWork - 12/21/2006 8:30 PM

It is pretty amazing that a ship that can sail anywhere in the world and command such a presence is brought to its knees with just one direct hit and sunk with two!
Yeah, it's amazing that in a real war the life expectancy of our biggest aircraft carrier is measured in hours before she’s on the bottom.

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It's not the hardware, folks...
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Old 12-22-2006, 11:08 AM
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Any hole punched in a ship near the water line and left unattended with no damage control will eventually bring her down. It is too bad that more aviators did not get to participate in this live fire exercise.
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