Torpedo Attack

I remember an incident with a training torpedo, too. This happened a little
later in the Towers' career. I think it was in 1989. We were doing some
ASW ops in the opareas around PI and we were shooting some training
torpedoes - by the way, do those things ever work? I mean, the dummy
warhead is supposed to fall off when the torpedo runs out of gas but it
never works out that way (I think the salt water corrodes the latch) and
nine times out of ten, the thing would sink and we would end up looking for
that torpedo all the rest of the day.

Anyway, to get back to my story, we had just fired a training torpedo when
all of the sudden there was this huge BOOM and the whole ship shuddered!
What happened was once the torpedo hit the water, it turned right around and
ran into the ship! Thank God that was a training torpedo! No damage was
done and we spent the rest of the day looking for the traitorous torpedo to
no avail.
 

 

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