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If You Happen to Find One of Our Undersea Robots, Please Call Us: Navy

by Greg on June 8, 2010

The Navy lost four submersible unmanned drones over the weekend in the Chesapeake Bay near Norfolk, Va., and is asking the public for help in finding the errant torpedo shaped drones. Communication was lost with four of the 13 undersea drones on Sunday as they were scanning the sea floor for mines as part of a training exercise.

The Navy said the search continued today and they are thinking of using dolphins and sea lions trained to hunt for mines to aid in the search. The Navy said the undersea drones are not a danger to civilians or the environment and asked boaters if they happen to spot one floating on the water to call the U.S. Second Fleet commander.

– Greg Grant

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blight June 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

They're on their way to Moscow now. >=P

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Interested Party June 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm

It’s President Bush’s fault, just ask Obama!

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Jeff M June 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm

That'd make a nice centerpiece in my backyard…

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JZizka June 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I guess no one foresaw that possibility and built in a position location system of some kind……

UAVs have built in logic that when they lose link with the Ground Station they orbit and try to re-acquire link…..

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UUV tech June 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

They have acoustic modems, GPS, WiFi, and an emergency beacon installed. None of that is any good if they are under a pier where acoustic comms are shadowed or buried in mud where everything is shadowed.

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Rob Robinson June 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

So much fdor redundant systems on military equipment. The likelyhood of FOUR of them failing, at the same time, WITH redundant systems is so astronomically impossible that it now becomes obvious that one of several possibilities exist…
1. Ineptness/incompentance of government officials reviewing contracts to ensure that money is well spent for military grade equipment,
2. Ineptness/incompentance of contractors (not to mention lack of integrity) in providing the very best they can for the fortunes they make off of selling military grade equipment to the military,
3. Thievery/sabotage or preemptive positioning of unknown forces within our borders…oh, wait…we already have that…who's responsibility was that again? OH, that's right, US Coast Guard/INS…

I guess SOMEone stepped on their dick bigger than crap this time, huh? (as usual)

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StevenDDeacon June 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

How could the US Navy lose four submersible unmanned drones in one day? Do the drones have a defect or have they been rendered incapacitated in some way? We need answers quick as this could be a National Security Problem.

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JakeBill June 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm

you mean no-one told you?? must not be any of your business then!!

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poopypants June 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

like your face

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Jonny June 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Steven,

The reason why this isn't a National Security(and why you shouldn't panic) is because the Navy was TESTING these drones…it was just an excercise.

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john moore June 8, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Proably some underwater oil things casue we know more has come out than there saying and is probably already up the coast.

Obama is such a joke, glad you voted for him now I didn't.

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Adam June 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Yeah, that's it, the spill is all Obama's fault, he blew the oil rig up, he deregulated offshore oil drilling for the last 10 years, he's killing all the baby turtles too.. didn't you hear? some of the people here really need to think a little (i know it hurts but try) before they open their mouths.

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Johh Moore June 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

No he just waited 30 days b4 alowing the states to do anything build and protection etc. Thats his fault no?

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Patrick June 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

You all missed the biggest mistake of all… Forget Obama, Oil is in the Gulf… not in VA!

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Adam Kelnhofer June 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Stop pointing fingers and just get the leak fixed and the spill cleaned up as fast as possible. There is no use in crying over spilled oil.

Adam Kelnhofer June 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

stop ******* pointing fingers and get the leak fixed. There is no use in crying over spilled oil.

Ernest June 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hey well when it comes to changing our enviroment shoudnt they take their time and see if the things that the states have just came up will work I live in Alabama and the water and the beach are a big part of my life but to go and point your fingers at the pres about not allowing something that no one could understand what else that could do you guys are seriously either stupid or racist just cause the man has a little black in him. He is just as white as he is blck. I know that racism is something thats strong because i have friends that dont like the pres just cause hes black. And the main part of this artical is some navy drnes gone missing so why are we on the oil spill

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Importgod June 11, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Obama did not lose them….the Navy did.

You must be a Republican. Try reading the article again….. all the way through…… before saying it is Obama's fault!

That's a good boy. Now go back to beleiving everything Rush Limbaugh says

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Ms.757 June 12, 2010 at 12:15 am

you are soooooo stupid! What does Obama have to do with it? People kill me trying to find someone to blame! What are you doing for your country????

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LugerLuke June 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

First of all Obama is not the reason this drone has been lost at sea. Nor is he the reason a British oil company has leaked millions and billions of gallons of oil into the Gulf. Also Obama is definitely not at fault for you lack of spelling and grammar.

I must say for 8 years I bit my nails waiting for your Bush to get us into another scrape that he couldn't get out of and yet I still refered to him as my president because he was my president. I personally would like to support whatever president we have and see our country succeed and prosper than to sh*t on the guy and cause more problems than necessary just because I have a beef with him.

Republicans are such whiners. Sack up and accept the fact that we have a black democrat in office. I know us Democrats did it for 8 years and we lost a lot of hair doing it. Who knows accepting others that disagree with you might even cause you to grow as a person! …just a thought

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GrammarPolice July 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm

"… Also Obama is definitely not at fault for you lack of spelling and grammar…. "

I Lol'd at "you lack of spelling and grammar."

Remember kids, when correcting someone on their spelling/grammar, yours needs to be perfect. If you fail you will look like a tool.

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Elliott June 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I'm not sure what Obama has do with this. You're smart!!

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Dave June 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

How big are these things? If we can't find our own drones then what does it say about spotting small enemy subs/drones during a conflict?

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Obi Won Kenobi June 15, 2010 at 2:31 am

These are not the drones you are looking for

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Jonny June 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Dave,

You do have a point, however our Navy use highly sofisticated(spelling) technology to track down enemy drones, regardless their size.

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@astn June 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

AUVs aren't actually terribly smart, and they're lost all the time, and when used in industry (for survey purposes) they are generally under wireless control continuously for this reason. Looking for mines, they are probabaly required to operate autonomously, which means there is a lot higher likelihood of them getting lost or getting hung up on something underwater.

Regarding size, I don't know the Navy's model, but they are roughly the size of a small modern torpedo. Approx 18-24" in diameter, 20'-30' in length. In industry they are painted orange, the one in the picture above appears to only have a couple panels painted. After their mission (or a set period of time) they will attempt to surface, their nose should detach, and there should be a strobe light. They should have some sort of locator (radio or other transmitter) but that may have been omitted due to mission needs–this is not the sort of technology you want the 'bad guys' getting access to easily, as it is an excellent platform for Bad Ideas.

Appealing to boaters is probably a good call, if they are painted dark colors, a recreational boater is more likely to run over one then spot it, and if you call the Navy with the location in exchange for paying for the damage to your boat, they'd probably be happy. I can't remember the cost per unit offhand, but it was more then Id want taken out of my paycheck.

For reference, I know just enough to be dangerous about these, having worked around them quite a bit. I am not one of the Tech/Operators though, so if one of those (or an engineer) wants to correct me, please do.

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UUV tech June 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm

As one of those engineers that helped desine these things, I can say that most of what you say is reletively correct. However the diameter of this particular AUVs is only 9" and the nose is not designed to come off for an emergency ascent. These are designed to be used off from enemy shores and are not supposed to be found if lost. If not recovered within a preset period, they are supposed to scuttle. That makes the job of finding them that much more difficult.

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barack obozo June 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm

It obviously was Bush's fault.

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Jake June 11, 2010 at 9:03 pm

You are so full of bull, it was Obama, not Bush…he responded quite late on the oil spill…late like the typical president of his nature, and so full of lies and false promises…

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Dan June 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Let's stop with the blame game on both Presidents.
They are both human, and they have both made errors in judgement.

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Da Haole Dude June 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

Do that's so freakin' funny!

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rarian rakista June 8, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Deregulation of oil drilling and refining started the second Carter left office and the EPA was defanged. Who was that guy again?

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US Citizen June 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm

And Clinton did what to change that? Blame, Blame, and Blame. Why don't people just look for a solution forward, using the best minds available. No paybacks or preconceived notions. How exactly do the states blaming Obama, and Obama ignoring the states, help?

I can't fix this with you, you are the enemy, and must be ignored…

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Bob June 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Nothing to worry about. Those little rascals wander off the reservation and get lost all the time. The High Command is working on the problem. Your federal government is doing its job, in its normal fashion.

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fence-rider June 13, 2010 at 10:49 pm

so… to paraphrase burt gummer,
'you government guys go do what you do best. Find something simple and complicate it!'

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Ryan8182 June 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I was standing on the flight deck the other day and me and a couple other Sailors spotted two dolphins. They were in the James River by the shipyard. We thought it was a very strange place to see dolphins. Maybe they are the trained dolphins they speak of in this articles as I guess we do a lot of training exercises in the James River. I dont know, probbably not but, it is a cool thought.

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patron of humor June 8, 2010 at 11:33 pm

maybe China wants their parts back when they found McDonald's was using Cadmium glasses!

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RJD June 9, 2010 at 1:51 am

well it's only another 120,000 dollars out of the taxpayers pocket. Small change.

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swissdude June 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

that's about .04 pennies per person lost, oh no!

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Day June 9, 2010 at 8:58 am

does anyone know what kind of data link is being used to pilot these things? it just apears to be a fairly flawed one.

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EOD June 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Yes, I do know what the DL was for these things, and the flaw is not there. The flaw is the limitations of acoustic comms, especially in an area with heavy shipping.

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roland June 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

What's the reward and telephone number to call if found?

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EOD June 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

757-443-9821. I am not going to tell you the reward, but if you look up salvage rights under maritime law, you will see it's worth your while to find those things

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JCee June 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

shawn1999 yes you did miss something
Sure BP is to blame BUT Obama has made a bad situation worse.
1) BP's first choice and recommendation was cut the pipe and a put a oil containment cap on the leak (would have reduced the amount of oil leaked by ~10 fold) cap looks to be containing 90-95% of leaking oil and probably will go hire and will totally stop once the relief wells are finished.
2)Miles of oil containment booms sitting unused in warehouses. http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/06/brea
3) Not using more surface burns to destroy oil.
etc.

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origin778 June 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

It's very hard to take you as a legitimately competent individual when you mix up higher and hire.
You're also using a pundit website to support a fact that is totally irrellevant. Oil Containment Boons would do nothing sub surface.
Please go home and kill yourself,
we thank you in advance
– the society.

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Alistair47 June 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

It's BP fault, there getting blamed for everything else.

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Upde June 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

WOW!! This is about drones people not oil spills!! At least it wasn't a nuke!! Nobody's perfect…

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robin June 11, 2010 at 11:04 pm

a nuke would have been much less damaging then this oil spill, i live in Fort McMurray Alberta Canada, and its then end of the world when syncrude kills 1600 ducks, and you stupid Americans destroy the ocean, we could have nuked several places and it would not be half as devastating to the planet

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David in Canada June 12, 2010 at 5:33 am

Interesting comment, but sadly wrong. Maybe a couple tac nukes, but modern nukes.. you're smoking crack.

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praetorian June 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Why Yes, you did miss something. How long did it take for Obama to respond to the catastrophe ?

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EMFN Jones June 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

It took too long, a Navy man like myself can tell you our "Commander and Chief" needs to get out!

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Anonymous Warrior June 15, 2010 at 5:03 am

So you want more BUSH!

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Jose J Clavell June 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

A sea monster got them!

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srthom June 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

it was the cloverfield monster

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rick June 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

One killed my cat !

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Lem G* June 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm

With all the garbage on the sea floor of that area of Virginia's waters, its not a big surprise those USVs are MIA. Why do I get the feeling some old trawler nets are involved ?

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bill June 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Call the who? Yeah, there's a number I have handy. Listen fool, tell the people to call 911, and give the 911 people the number. Simple. What other convoluted decisions are these people making?

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Matt Musson June 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

How about a $5 fine for whining and finger pointing. That would pay for hosting this website.

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DKetch June 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Stuie Griffen now has it and is using the technology for his ultimate plan to conquer and rule the world

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david June 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

who the hell spells it stuie? its stewie

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Rich June 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

Let's try that one more time, David. 1) "Its" is a possessive pronoun. I think the word you're fumbling around for "it's," the contraction of "it" and "is." 2) A proper noun, such as "Stewie," is usually distinguished by a capitalized first letter. 3) The first letter of the first word in a new sentence also receives capitalization. 4) You're missing punctuation at the end of your second sentence. Might I be so bold as to make a recommendation? I believe that an exclamation mark would best convey your sense of moral outrage. 5) Finally, I would advise either breaking down the misspelling into its individual letters or adding a [SIC]; this ensures that the reader does not mistakenly credit you, the author, with such an egregious mistake.

Applying these simple rules, your statement would resemble something like this:
Who the hell spells it S-T-U-I-E? It's Stewie!

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bodybagger June 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Finders Keepers, I will be tying mine onto my boat it will make an excellent fish finder

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Bandit June 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm

All I can say if this is the new modern Navy, WE (USA) are in serious trouble.
In the Cold war we took our submarines inside soviet harbors and gathered intel. No drones. Didn't loose any of them!

ussvi, either your qualified, or your not.

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Chris June 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Wow, so that is what happened with the oil rig in the Gulf.

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Dusted Eagle June 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Did anybody look under the camel at the pier at NAVSTA Norfolk? Maybe these subs have a “come back home” mode that the brass forgot about? Now, where did I put my “glasses!” HeHe!

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Dusted Eagle June 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Is there a reward?

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Charley June 9, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Del! Del! did you lose something?

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dan June 10, 2010 at 12:34 am

wtf over four of them, who the hell was manning the joy stick ?

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Alex June 10, 2010 at 12:46 am

Its not an drone its an AUV ( Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). Do a little research before you post an article.

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exVark June 10, 2010 at 2:51 am

At least the Navy only lost unarmed unmanned drones, unlike the Air Force who flew from North Dakota to Louisiana with "White Ones" they thought were "Blue Ones" and it had to noticed by someone out of the loop.

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WTFO? June 10, 2010 at 3:32 am

What in hell does that have to do with the topic? Cute girls with big boobs? Sounds like a bunch of whores to me!

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Noslutsplease June 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

It sounds like you are trying to run an online cathouse to me. Take it somewhere else!

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EOD June 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

They have found a couple of them right in the same area they were lost. Looks like a large ship collided with them and sent them to the bottom burying them in the mud just enough, so they were not detectable using normal survey equipment.

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Doc Red June 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I wonder if they found my shoues and my backpack i lost overboard in 2007?

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EM vet June 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm

WOW! the most advance Navy in the world and we lose four of these unmanned drones! More than that, we can't even find it! WOW!

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EOD June 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm

They will get them all back. The dolphins can detect objects buried in the mud, and for an extra fish or two, they'll find anything you are looking for once they know what it is.

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wayne June 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm

All four of them were probably run over by a merchant ship when they came up to link with home base.

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Lo June 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Can not blame Obama cuz the man never does anything. He’s all words and no action. I’m glad I left the Navy.

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Wacko June 12, 2010 at 12:13 am

Maybe they broke off from the rest of the pack on a Special Mission and
headed south, around the tip of Florida, and into the Gulf of Mexico…to observe
BP and map out the underwater plumes of oil.
That's why no one has found them… ;-)

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PV2 June 12, 2010 at 12:19 am

aquaman showed up and got sick of the trash in the water and burried them in an under water trence.

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Vernon Wegener June 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

i wonder if the laws of salvage would apply in this case. Could you recover US Navy property and tell them to pay you for your time and effort or sell it? Traditionally, when a vessel is lost at sea, the laws of salvage apply.

Those things are probably worth a pretty penny

VWEGEN

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buck rogers July 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

they are split in half and flooded, theyd be as useful as your laptop if you threw it off your boat

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RODOLFO June 12, 2010 at 7:23 am

WHY DON’T WE JUST ASK BP TO COME AND FIND IT, THEY SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE WATER

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Nitram June 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I'm playing with in my backyard pool! It sure beats the toy submarine I had as a kid!

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Mccann the MAN June 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

i am stuie…bryan is pissing on my leg right now. The navy is smart…these things are not too important if they are letting outsiders know they are lost in the drink. Don't worry be happy.

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River Rat-SBUXI June 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Sounding similar to the BuOrd cover-up of contractor negligence regarding faulty torpedoes during the first year of WWII in the Pacific when our brave sub crews went in harm's way with weapons that at best failed to explode upon SOLID contact with an enemy ship. At worst they circled back and blew up our boats. But BuOrd said our skippers weren't waiting for proper firing solutions and were shooting them too deep. Then Uncle Dan( SUBPAC) got involved and carried out some conclusive tests, attempting to sink a couple of Hawaiian cliffs only to have the emplaced microphones hear the lovely sounds of torpedoes going CLUNK against the rocks almost exactly where aimed.

Someone somewhere left a wire loose or forgot to write a few lines of code.

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River Rat-SUBXi June 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

This country is, unfortunately becoming a joke ruled less and less by sanity and the principles our Founding Fathers worked with and more and more by big money, oil and big law firms.

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roland June 13, 2010 at 1:31 am

The should check the location where they lost track of it and they last track it. Without someone controlling it, it may have stop and rested on the sea floor on the same location where they lost track of it.

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g June 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Do these fish really have positive buoyancy? Is there a reward? Shoould have had an ELT that would turn on automatically if a watchdog handshake command was not received within 24 hrs.

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Bat June 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm

How about there are no excuses for this embarrassment. Streamlined checks, procedures and manufacturing savings too profits cause these failures. There are no pirates, bad guys, seismic anomalies, or hidden underwater obstacles in Great Lakes to gobble up drones. If Navy needs public help offer a reward, if failed parts are made in other countries get them out of loop, if training procedures are at fault revise them. But we need to stop making Joke Food for late night TV.

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Roger June 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm

1. The Chesapeak Bay is not in the great lakes.
2. There are hidden obstacles in the great lakes.
3. The cause for the loss can not be determined until they are retrieved and inspected. Posting blame when you don’t know the cause makes you look foolish.
4. If you are frustrated with how things are then make change happen!

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Macky June 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

This is not about Bush, or Obama. It is about lost drones. Have a respect for our Presidents people. No matter how bad or good they do, they represent us Americans not Republicans or Democrats

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sharon June 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Maybe they have followed some poor cruise ships out towards the atlantic!

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Gary Smith June 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Not an unusual occurrence. Sea water screws up even the best stuff. Anyone who goes out to sea knows that once you get out in the water anything can happen. Going underwater just makes it more likely that something can go wrong. That’s why the sea beds are littered with sunken ships and boats and lost items and more people die boating and fishing than get killed in wars.

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S. K. Hall June 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm

For Pete’s sake people..sh*t happens …they are equipment run by humans,both of which are fallible. Sometimes minor sh*t has to happen to prevent major sh*t.

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Jimim June 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm

They were using them to look for unexploded ordnance, maybe they found some.

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Michael June 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Finders Keepers

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john finn June 14, 2010 at 2:12 am

Could one of these torpedo shaped drones be used to plug up the oil pipe that is leaking??????

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anthony June 14, 2010 at 5:36 am

they should put teeth and a shark fin that way we could bite the men in iraq in the as* with them lol and put mini nuclear devices in them hehe

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Joe D June 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

The government can't find 11 million illegal immigrants walking our streets, how can you expect them to find these?

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Glen June 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

How about installing a gps tracking device on anything that costs over 2,000 they can find a lawnmower along the highway believe me I know!!! Elementary isn't it, Duh

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Citizen Lawyer June 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Hey, all you "Finders, Keepers" fans: the old 'common law of bailments' covers this – you find it, you return it, and the owner pays you your reasonable costs. If you want to charge an exorbitant ("unreasonable") amount, that's called "extortion," and all you get is a fair and public trial. "Finders, keepers" is kid stuff, from the mouths of naughty kids.

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Bob June 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Does the second fleet commander take collect calls if I find one?

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jack meoff June 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

drones that cost millions of dollars and they ******** lost 4 of them, wat does that say for out navy

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gt350 June 16, 2010 at 4:52 am

I understand testing, but at #2 I might have waited to know more what happened—#3 no more launches–# 4 well what the @#$$ already lost 3

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J.C.K. June 17, 2010 at 6:04 am

A fine day in U.S. Navy history.

Maybe if they put mines out their the UAV's will go after them?

Wait whats a mine?
!WOOT! ,,/<(^-^)>,,/ !WOOT!

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Jameson June 17, 2010 at 6:07 am

Three cheers for the navy!!! OH, wait they lost four? Four cheers for the Navy!!! LOL!!!

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cody June 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm

i think i found my new jet ski lol

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RICHARD ROSCOE June 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Wankers!

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buck rogers July 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

the AUVs got run over by ships, they were working in the shipping channel and thought they had the head room as an 8m draft ship went through. The channel is about 14 meters.
they are Hydroid Remus 100 vehicles. They are very smart and reliable as long as you are well trained to run then.
UAVs had the same issues in their infancy, poorly trained personnel with a ton of turnover.
I heard the dolfins couldnt find them, they sent in another AUV to target them and send divers in.

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Al W May 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

Didn't happen on my watch!

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A Who from Whoville July 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I think I might have found a small lead to one of your missing “seabots”. Want a link to a clue that can provide you the people that might just have parts(fins) and a location where they found them? Well first of all get in touch with me through e-mail and we can arrange to communicate through more private means. And second, to clarify, I only came across a link and message of someone asking if anyone knew what these(4 pictures were attached to the message) were. That’s all.

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TeaMe? June 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Yeah, you missed that Obamaniacs took $1m in BP campaign donations to the one-year Illinois Senator in his run for President of the greatest country in the free world.

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rick allen June 12, 2010 at 10:19 pm

You are all wrong. the department of the Interior did a study of bop failures and problems back in 1998 and 1999. They knew about it then and have done nothing. The Government is just as guilty as all of the oil companies it was just a matter of time before this happened. if anyone wants a copy of the public document to read for your self send a request to my e-mail:rmallen01@aol.com and i will send it too you. it is 37 pages and in pdf format.

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Tipher Gore June 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Yes Shawn, you missed the fact that if Al Gore and his merry band of tree huggers hadn't stopped the drilling of oil in Alaska years ago this spill would have occurred on land instead of a mile beneath the ocean. The spill would have contained in under a week, the area impacted would have been 1 square miles instead of thousands, and the regulations (inspections, etc.) could more easily be imposed given access to equipment on land. Everbody seems to be overlooking the fact that this dissaster could have been avoided with a little more common sense being applied 12 years ago.

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woo989 June 15, 2010 at 2:22 am

Yeah…how does this relate to the story?

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Todd L June 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Deepwater Horizon, a contractor that drills wells, drilled the well for BP. But blaming them would bankrupt them, leaving taxpayers on the hook for damages. Fortunately, CEO Hayward is gentleman enough to step forward and take responsibility. It's easy to lay blame on people who for generations have demonstrated more business savy and discipline than you have.

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Rick Allen June 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

There are 3 valves on the well head, a double shear bop/ a blind hole double ram bop/ and an annular bop on top, what has failed is the hydraulic control system and brake locks on the double ram bop which is a typical failure for subsea tree stacks with no back up operating systems like these.

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sailorblue June 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Bravo to you for reporting the abuse. I think that they will be listening to you in the near future as this little episode is proving you right. Also the government may sue if they got faulty equipment.

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