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If Scorpion had fired a defective torpedo, it could have missed its target and turned back to strike the sub that launched it. 27 Apr 1943 USS Scorpion (Lt.Cdr. CINCLANTFLEET History Log June '68 to July '69 page 104 at 4.a. USS Scorpion, 22 August 1960, off New London, Connecticut. The last photos were taken by Robert Ballard and a team of oceanographers from Woods Hole using the submersible in 1985. The Modern Military Branch at College Park also has custody of the Bureau of Naval Personnel Casualty Files, which have the official list of Navy casualties for each World War II action. All three physicists were experts on undersea explosions, their sound signatures and destructive effects. Try the Ship's Store. Then by using the crew list and the list of casualties, the names of the survivors of a World War II ship or vessel can be created. Millington, TN 38055-3120. He said, “I always felt that the investigators closed their eyes to the most likely cause because they did not want to acknowledge their own involvement in this tragedy.”. In the spring of 1965, she conducted a similar patrol in European waters. ", Phil Ochs released a song on his album Rehearsals for Retirement (1969) titled "The Scorpion Departs But Never Returns". Wheatcroft Collection’s S130 – The Last Survivor Has New Home, The USS Arizona – 5 Facts You May Not Know and 30 Photos. While ruling out sabotage, the report said: "The certain cause of the loss of the Scorpion cannot be ascertained from evidence now available. Fountain responded with "right full rudder", a quick turn that would activate a safety device and keep the torpedo from arming. Nine years later, while on a routine patrol south of the Azores, she disappeared. submarine".
Price was also an open critic of Dr. Craven. His most recent article on the subject is "Buried at Sea" published in the Winter 2008 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Military History. It was followed by corrective action, initiation of which was delayed almost to the fatal limit by a combination of failures. In fact, it is unlikely that any of the Scorpion acoustic events were caused by explosions. Morin, Papers of the Family of Rear Admiral Robert M. Morris, Papers of Lieutenant (jg) Robert H. Mugalian, Papers of Lieutenant Commander Joseph L. Nielson, Papers of Lieutenant Commander Rudolph Nikkonen, Papers of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Papers of Motor Machinist's Mate 3/c Vincent Panarace, Papers of Rear Admiral William S. Parsons, Papers of Chief Carpenter's Mate Frank V. Pelatowski. By using the list of officers in the deck logs and the muster rolls, one can compile a list of the crew. The entry can be found here.  This is disputed by Royal Navy officers, "there had been other occasions when harassed Russians had fired torpedoes to scare off trails. "Jac" Hamm of Naval Research Laboratory's Engineering Services Division, is currently housed in the U.S. Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC. Register and add yourself to the Crew List of the USS Scorpion (SSN 589). But vibrations normally experienced on a nuclear submarine were found to cause the thin foil barrier to break down, allowing the chemicals to interact intensely. It is likely the plutonium and uranium cores of these weapons corroded to a heavy, insoluble material soon after the sinking.  The court of inquiry was subsequently reconvened, and other vessels, including the bathyscaphe Trieste II, were dispatched to the scene to collect pictures and other data. In his book The Silent War, he recounts running a simulation with former Scorpion executive officer Lieutenant Commander Robert Fountain, Jr. commanding the simulator. In exchange for his work, the U.S. Navy then allowed Ballard, a USNR officer, to use the same submersible to search for RMS Titanic. [clarification needed] Commander Roger Lane Nott, Royal Navy commander of HMS Splendid during the 1982 Falklands War, stated that in 1972, during his service as a junior navigation officer on HMS Conqueror, a Soviet submarine entered the Firth of Clyde channel in Scotland and Conqueror was given the order to "chase it out".