4 ноября 2010 г.

SINKEX. Ex-USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10) ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 26-27, 2010)


Сатурн почти не виден. 
Палубная авиация и корабли охранения американского авианосца USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) расстреляли и утопили в Атлантике судно обеспечения USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10).

Судно находилось в эксплуатации с 10 августа 1966 года по 6 апреля 2009 года, 43 года без 4 дней !!!

Первоначально Сатурн входил в состав Королевского флота Великобритании и носил название RFA Stromness ( А344)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 26, 2010)
Gunner's Mate 1st Class Mike Rehfuss and Gunner's Mate 1st Class Omar Elhoss load the MK-38 25mm chain gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a sinking exercise in the Atlantic Ocean.
Mitscher and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at the ex-USNS Saturn Saturn. 

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Winn

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 26, 2010)
Gunner's Mate 1st Class Omar Elhoss prepares to remotely fire one of the MK-38 25mm chain guns aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) at the ex-USNS Saturn from the ship's bridge during a sinking exercise.
Mitscher and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at Saturn.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leonard Adams

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2010)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) launches a Harpoon anti-ship missile at the ex-USNS Saturn during a sinking exercise.
Mitscher and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at Saturn.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Winn

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2010)
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) fire a .50-caliber machine gun at the ex-USNS Saturn during a sinking exercise.
Mitscher and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at Saturn.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Winn

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2010)
The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) fires its aft 5-inch Mark 45/54-caliber lightweight gun at the ex-USNS Saturn during a sinking exercise.
Gettysburg and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at Saturn.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tony Curtis

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2010)
Rounds from a Mk-15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) impact the ex-USNS Saturn during a sinking exercise.
Mitscher and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at Saturn.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leonard Adams

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2010)
The ex-USNS Saturn suffers extensive damage and is ablaze during a sinking exercise.
Ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at the ship.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leonard Adams



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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 27, 2010)
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) recover 5-inch Mark 45/54-caliber lightweight gun casings after a sinking exercise.
Mitscher and other ships assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group fired live ammunition at the ex-Saturn.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Leonard Adams

Если увеличить фотографию горящего судна, то хорошо просматриваются места попаданий снарядов и ракет,  а так же нарисованные голубые силуэты людей на правом крыле ходовой рубки. Нужно отдать должное американцам, судно было полностью приготовлено к затоплению исходя из экологических требований, вплоть до очистки трюмов и топливных трубопроводов, велся контроль наличия морских обитателей в полигоне.        

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